You learn a lot when you start weight training: where the kettlebells live in your gym which weight bench you are attracted to, how to do barbell squats and much more. (Psst – if you're wondering about these barbell squats, here's how .)
But there's so much more that you can teach weight training and you might be surprised How much you can learn from yourself when you pick up and put off heavy things.
1. It's normal not to be good on the first start.
"Before the strength training, I would be afraid to try something new, because I did not think I would be good at it, and I would see it As a failure, I now realize that it is normal on the first launch For example, when I started deadlifting, I could not go to the gym and float 300 pounds, but it does not, I mean, I was a failure, which meant I did not have the skills [yet] So I learned how to direct the hinge of the hips Then I learned how to anchor my feet in the ground Then I learned how to create tension through my body and imagine how I push my feet through the floor to lift a kettlebell or a barbell or a trap out of the ground. "In time, I practiced and practiced what worked and what did not." "Only when I was able to draw 341 pounds Fear, n to try new things, and be more compassionate to myself if I do not have the ability to achieve something, I realize that everything is a process.
– Molly Galbraith, 34, @themollygalbraith
2. Success looks different for everyone
"I learned from weight training that I did not only strong, but also that I must stop underestimating myself, being patient and always being persistent. Strength training has it too That made me so much more confident. First, I used the weights at home or at the back of the gym. I was intimidated and scared of being judged. But now I'm in front with everyone else I'm proud of my strength, myself, my body and my journey, even though none of these things looks like everyone else's. "
– Jessica Goins, 29, @BodyPosiFitGirl
3. Lifting something really heavy can make you feel like you're in the gym like outside the gym Malefactor feels.
"Weight training has taught me another way to love my body and be confident in endurance. Lifting over 100 pounds in the chest Press or 150 in a deadlift makes me feel strong and incredibly capable of conquering the world, and I love the feeling that I've gotten stronger month by month. today's confidence. I may not have six-pack abdominals, but that does not matter. I know, I'm an idiot who never gives up, either at the gym or outside, and nobody can take that away from me.
– Samantha Ciaccio, 29, @strongsamiciaccio
Exercise 4 can also be an incredible tool to improve mental health.
"Strength training has taught me that exercise is not just for your physical health but also for your mental health. I've always been involved with exercise and strength training. In my early 20's, I first got into severe anxiety and depression, and I did not feel comfortable with these issues for a while, and I was no longer confident that I was mentally or mentally healthy Dumbbells in my body, deep squats and colorful kettlebells in the gym, and it was the best thing I could have done for myself. Although I know that exercise alone can not cure psychological problems, this has become an important part of my self-help and gives me a powerful mood boost. Today, strength training is a constant in my life that helps me ease everyday stress and anxiety and show how strong I am both physically and mentally!
– Taylor Manno, 26  Courtesy of Jess Jimen ez
5. If you learn to stay focused and consistent, you will come closer to your goal.
"[Fitness results] does not happen Overnight, but when you finally see it, you understand the value and the reward of the discipline and the discipline I came from strength training, helped me in my career as a real estate professional: Just as with weight training, it was not easy – in the course of the In the meantime, small steps have been taken to build the business that I have developed today. [Strength training has also given me] mental clarity, stress reduction, confidence and the idea that I can do anything in every aspect of my life. I have learned never to underestimate the rewards I get when I push myself further than I think I can.
– Jess Jimenez, 33, @jessjimenezdnvr
6. Support your body and he will assist you.
"The biggest lesson I have Learning from weight training is that, if you take the time to support your body by giving it what it needs, it will help you grow tenfold. Lifting is not just about aesthetics – lifting strengthens all the muscles in my body so I can live fully the whole day. When I'm not strength training, I do not have the support I need to move easily. When I exercise consistently, I feel strong and supported by my muscles. Strengthening my body needs through strength training has been so effective that I have taken that motto of supporting outside the gym through regular and deliberate self-care. No matter if I'm meeting for a coffee, getting a massage for aching muscles or just 10 minutes to breathe and Meditating, I continue to support myself outside of the gym by making room for my whole self wherever I can.  – Jasmine Carson, 31 @jazzythic Kandfit
7. Building physical strength can also help build greater confidence.
"Weightlifting has absolutely contributed to the development of my self-confidence. This increased self-confidence gave me the necessary impetus to start a new career path. I have been admitted as a nurse for many years but have recently taken on a new role as a nurse manager! The mental and physical strength that I have developed through weightlifting has been of great importance in the transition to management. Lifting has also helped me to develop discipline and patience. Consistency is key – it requires hard work every day, and I apply this concept to all aspects of my life, more than just the gym.
– Amanda Wright, 27, @amandawright_edgell
8. Sometimes you have to make decisions that will lead you out of your comfort zone.
"So often in the Life Before Difficult Decisions – [we have to ask ourselves] "Am I Strong enough to do this? Do I have to ask for help?" Or do I have to grow a little myself before I can do that? "Each training session reflects these possibilities I was uncomfortable asking for a place or molding techniques but soon I am confident to ask for help, during and after training, I think weight training and lifting bring you to your limits, making you uncomfortable to feel empowered and strengthen one's self-confidence.
– Alexandria Wynter Russell, 30, @ alexwynter24
9 Lifting weights can be seen in a new light.
"Being physically and mentally stronger through strength training, lifting can make you feel invigorated … and it has taught me that regardless of my physical appearance, my body can endure anything that I focus on. There was a time when I felt lost and broken – I did not love myself and I needed a place to escape – the gym was converted into my second home and fitness became part of my identity allowed me to open myself inwardly, focus on improving my physical abilities, loving my body and gaining confidence every day, including fitness as part of my everyday life and accepting my body was my ultimate achievement.
– Elena Hernandez-Sixtos, 25, @elenitasjourney
10. You b is able to master the challenges that come your way.
"Strength training helps me to focus on my physical abilities, and I'm proud to find out how strong I really am." "I always doubted how strong I am before fitness." That was really physical and mental Lifting weights, I feel strengthened and alive, it wakes my senses and makes me keep going, I remember that I can do anything, I can handle the hard stuff and I will still be alright Remember that as well as life, I do not fail if I do not stop life being easy, there are no simple shortcuts, the trick is to keep goals and dreams and keep trying. "
– Adriana Morrison, 45, @fitmamita
11. Taking risks can be worthwhile.
"As an adaptive athlete, I learned, above all, to be courageous: take a risk and try something that can be either a great success or a failure, highlighting my inability, but I & # 39; I have the sentence "I learned" and it has become my mantra with Lifting and CrossFit.One other big thing for me is that I am OK to be competitive, wanting and really pursuing something is a vulnerable thing for me and It's scary to say the world aloud: I'm trying, but it's fine to want something more than you wanted before, and work hard for it. "
– Paula Celik, 26, @call_me_paula
12. When you tackle a challenge or work towards a goal, start small and work your way up.
"Like life, lifting requires patience, practice, consistency, hard work, dedication, and a positive attitude, starting with light weights and slowly becoming heavier weights, and this is an example of how I go through life – I start small and work my way up, I learn to keep on lifting, even though I may struggle a bit (because I have it) Training also taught me more about women lifting themselves I feel strong, mentally and physically, and I feel more confident in my body, and strength training also gives me the ability to challenge myself because I constantly increase weight or repetition. "
– Sheena Bell, 35, @_ SheenaBfit
13. Do not underestimate the importance of your attitude.
One lesson I've learned from strength training is that I'm often my biggest obstacle, not my disability or physical struggles – and changing my mentality has taken me far! When I was born with one hand, I never felt so sure about defeating my body image [issues] because I was always afraid of people looking at me because I was a little bit different. I also fought underweight and wanted to be stronger. I later decided that only I could make it better for me and I started to train at home. In the end, I defeated the mental barrier that I could never overcome.
– Jarlyn Santana, 21, @adaptivewithjar