Fierce Fitness

The Beauty of Strength Training

Article by Justin Levine

Photography by Janie Jones Photography @Uncommonjane

Originally published in Boise Lifestyle

Imagine feeling strong, confident, and empowered.  You have created a lifestyle that involves your fitness routine, and have built healthy habits for stamina and vitality as you take on the demands of life.  You are stronger and fitter than ever, pushing yourself in workouts, and you feel that self-esteem every day.  Your routine consists of lots of walking, activity with the kids, full body weight training, and micro-workouts (5-20 minutes) throughout the week.   You have days where you are not in the “workout mood,” but you get it done anyway.  You also have days where you feel invincible.  Hold on to that feeling. 

The lifestyle you have created is because you are consistent.  There are no quick fixes.  You simply get the job done.  You need your fitness routine.  Do not ignore it.  It is vital to your health and wellness.  Find the routines and modalities you enjoy and be consistent.  There are many types of programs: circuit training, weight training, CrossFit, endurance sports, yoga, Pilates, group classes, boxing classes, spin classes, and more.  Eliminate excuses and simply make it part of your daily ritual.  The results will be increased stamina, a stronger and more durable physical body, improved endurance, and a more resilient mindset.  You can work out to get leaner or lose weight, however, when you make it more about creating a healthy lifestyle and focusing on daily habits and routines, you are more likely to succeed long term. 

If you’re unsure where to start, keep it simple and start with a walk around the block.  Grab some dumbbells, do some curls and shoulder presses and do some squats.  It does not need to be complicated for it to work.  You simply need to be consistent.  If you are looking to “step it up” and take your fitness to the next level, consider investing in a personal trainer who can coach and guide your fitness program. 

You do not have to imagine this way of life.  Just start executing.  Take the first steps.  Get the ball rolling.  Create positive momentum.  Most importantly, be consistent.  Not perfect.  Consistent. 

You got this!

These "micro-workouts" are short and simple workouts between 5-10 minutes that you can do throughout the day.  Here is an example:

30 jumping jacks

10 bodyweight squats

10 push ups

*repeat circuit for 5 minutes

Justin Levine is the general manager at The Gym on 8th and Main.  He has been a personal trainer, motivational speaker and freelance author for over 20 years.  To connect with Justin, you can email him at justinlevinecoaching@gmail.com

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