PWR Program: Why You Shouldn't be Afraid to Try Weightlifting
When I first posted on Instagram about trying Kelsey Wells' PWR weightlifting program, I was really surprised by the responses I received. So many women commented that they wanted to try the program too, but said they were afraid to.
Now, it's perfectly normal to feel nervous about or intimidated by weightlifting, but all these comments reminded me how serious this fear is for SO MANY women!
Not too long ago I felt the exact same way. I was TERRIFIED of weightlifting and thought that I would never do it. I thought that weightlifting was for men and for those who wanted to be big and strong. I never had any desire to look that way.
Over time, I saw that many of my friends started weightlifting and they were very happy with their results. They didn't look 'big and bulky,' and instead looked lean and toned. Even when I started to learn the benefits of weightlifting, I was still intimidated by the weight room because I had NO IDEA how to lift.
I'd walk into the weight room and feel so lost. I didn't know which equipment to use or how much weight to lift Everyone else seemed to know what they were doing and I just felt like an idiot.
It didn't happen overnight, but I eventually realized that almost everyone has these 2 fears when it comes to weightlifting. Once I realized how to overcome them, I was able to enjoy weightlifting and start seeing real results.
If you're currently experiencing these fears, I have good news for you! You can and will overcover them!
Here's why you shouldn't be afraid to try weightlifting:
Fear #1: Weightlifting will make me bulky
When you think of weightlifting, pictures of bodybuilders with bulging muscles often come to mind. However, what most people don't realize is that building muscle takes A LOT of work. No matter how heavy you lift, muscles don't grow like that overnight.
Gaining large muscles requires years of hard work in the gym combined with lots of protein. You aren't going to gain muscle like that unless you are deliberately trying to.
For women especially, gaining muscle isn't that easy due to our lower testosterone levels. For all these reasons, you don't have to worry about weightlifting causing you to bulk up.
Instead, weightlifting can help tone and shape your body in amazing ways. It's one of the best ways to sculpt your legs, butt, and arms for a lean and toned look. So, don't let the fear of bulking cause you to miss out on the great benefits weightlifting can offer!
Fear #2: The weight room is so intimidating!
I don't deny that the weight room is a scary place. The sounds of dropped barbells and grunting middle-aged men are quite frightening.
Not only that, but it is easy to feel out of place when you aren't sure what equipment to use or how much weight to lift. Seeing other people lift hundreds of pounds without flinching doesn't make it any easier.
However, the first thing you need to do is not worry about anyone else. You can't think about what others are doing or be concerned that they are watching you.
Start with exercises that you feel comfortable doing and use weights that make the exercises challenging, but not impossible. With time you'll know how heavy to lift and you'll get stronger.
Why you should try PWR Program
Kelsey Wells' PWR Program in the Sweat App is a great program to try if you are new to weightlifting. The program gradually introduces weightlifting and includes many different types of exercises--with and without weights.
If you've done BBG before, you'll notice that many of the exercises from PWR are the same. Mountain climbers, push-ups, jump squats--sounds familiar, right? You'll find exercises like this in every PWR workout.
The true "weightlifting" exercises are in the middle of the workout and are done in pyramid sets. These exercises involve barbells, dumbbells, machines, or cables.
The best part is, the app includes gifs that show you exactly how to do the exercises, so they are easy to learn. There are typically only 3-4 of these exercises, so there aren't that many "new" exercises to learn for each day.
Overall, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised to see how approachable PWR is. It really is a great way to learn the basics and become more comfortable with weightlifting.
So, you definitely shouldn't be afraid to try it!
As always, let me know if you are doing PWR so we can cheer each other on!