When I started on this journey I had no idea how impactful it was going to be on my life. I had heard that strength training was very good for women but like many things you hear, I simply nodded and moved on. How true it is!
The things I have learned from lifting weights are many but I am only going to name a few of the most important ones.
1. Weightlifting for women empowers the mind as well as the body.
Since I have begun lifting weights I have definitely felt my body getting stronger and stronger! The most surprising benefit has been how strong my mind has become. Perhaps it is because training takes a lot of discipline. Many a day I have not been in the mood for training or have felt tired. However, since I have been working towards a goal of competing training has happened regardless. This has taught my mind discipline and follow through and after completing a particularly hard session because of my fatigue I have felt accomplished and proud of myself for doing it anyway.
2. Weightlifting encourages perseverance and follow-through
When I look back at my starting logs it is incredible to see how my strength and endurance as increased. At first I could barely do a squat with just the barbell and now I can squat 175lbs and I know I can go heavier.
This has spilled over into the rest of my life where I now have the attitude that I can do anything I put my mind to. Many of the tasks or ventures I had on a to-do list I have now been completing and exploring. One of them was to focus on my African Girl products and sure enough, the opportunity to be on TV came along.
3. Weightlifting builds confidence
Even though I have always considered myself reasonably confident I have found a new surge of confidence in the last number of months in my everyday life. When I interact with people I do it from a place of knowing who I am and being grounded.
4. Weightlifting pushes the limits
Having a goal is very important to human mind. Without it depression and hopelessness sets in. I have found that weightlifting has taught me that I can push my limits and achieve things I never knew was possible. This in turn has once again spilled over into the rest of my life, allowing me to break through the imaginary boundaries I had placed around my abilities and be open to new opportunities and experiences.
Photo: Holly Haynes
I am excited about the things I’m going to learn about myself in the future as I continue to train and get stronger physically and mentally. A favourite scripture comes to mind as I live it every time I’m in the gym – I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength! Philippians 4:13