I hear this phrase way too often. I take my strength training seriously. I have to. I take a medication where a possible side effect is broken bones from osteoporosis. More and more studies keep coming out proving the need for women to lift weight to prevent and reverse osteoporosis. Why wouldn't I? I am getting the benefit of the medication, fighting this side effect and it makes me look good? I am all in.
I get this a lot when people ask me about my weight loss. "Oh! I Could never do that" followed by myths. The most common one being "i just want to tone up, not look like man". What the heck? We gals are not built like that and unless you are in that 1% of women who can get that way, it is never going to happen. You can be stronger than a man, but it is not likely your muscles will get bigger. That is a biological fact. You will already know is you are in the 1%.
Anyway, that answer is always met with, oh I am just not like you. In these conversations, it is implied that i am some kind of workout Ninja warrior badass. I am totally not. I didn't go to the gym on crutches because of that. I went to get out of the house and be around people. People I am not related to! There was a whole lot of loneliness driving my decision to hit the while still on crutches. i get up every morning not entirely sure I am even going to do my workout. I am not some exercise super hero who's super power is dedication!
What is really at work here? Fear and unrealistic perceptions! Fear of failure and being misperceived. We are all familiar with the "what i really do" memes. It is a not clear understanding of what an effective strength trading program should look like! The perception of what everyone thinks it is can be hella intimidating!
Any good program, all you are doing is lifting weight that is heavy enough to make it challenging while maintaining perfect form. 5 lbs can be quite effective if that is where you are at! The trick is to not get hung up on what others are doing. I started Body Beast using NO weights on some exercises, and for the lunges, no weights AND holding a chair for balance! I focused on the form and just doing the exercise correctly. I let my body do the work, and progress has been made. I have added light weights to those shoulder workouts. I added weights to the squats, and I can keep my balance doing lunges! Any one can do it! You just have to want to. Getting over not wanting to is a post for another day!
My point today is don't let pre-conceptions intimidate you! Check it out first! Success is only that first step away! That applies to anything, not just fitness, but LIFE!