As women we are always afraid to hear the word STRENGTH or anything as it relates to strength training. The thought of looking like a male or the thought that I am going to look crazy comes to our minds. However, but what we fail to realize is that Strength does not have a specific gender. The other thing we fail to realize is that we have strength inside of us that we just don’t realize because no one has brought it out of us.
My experience with strength encompasses so many aspects. I have always been into fitness and taught fitness classes when I was in college but I really didn’t find my TRUE strength until I was in my 30’s. I learned so much about my physical strength, inner strength and spiritual strength.
I actually found all of these things in one specific place….My crossfit gym. I know many are probably thinking..what…a crossfit gym. Yes not just any CROSSFIT gym but specifically Crossfit Axon.
When I first step foot into the gym I knew it was where I needed to be. It was filled with so many people that look just like me, no supernatural specialties but individuals who were all striving to be a BETTER VERSION of themselves. They surrounded me with love and kindness. I had always feared the word CROSSFIT because you read all the things about how crazy it is and how dangerous it is but I was invested in it. I wanted to learn more about it. I wanted to really work on ME. I found that it wasn’t scary. I actually found that I was focusing more on my form, my everyday movements that would help me to become stronger, to function better in my everyday lifestyle. As an athletic trainer I appreciated the fact that my coach really took time out and was making sure I was doing the movements right, wanting me to excel, wanting me to be stronger but safe in the same aspect. You don’t get that from many places…at least I didn’t.
So how did I really gain STRENGTH?
I gained strength by really entrusting myself to this so call Crossfit workout specifically to my Crossfit Gym. I was encourage by my family as I call them….my crossfit family. The family that when things are going south in your life, or turmoil happens they check on you, they call you up, they congratulate you when you do well in other aspects of your life. So again how did I gain strength? I gained strength:Physically- In my overall lifting; Inner Strength- Building my self confidence.
So it doesn’t matter how you decide to build strength but realize strength has no gender, we each have it in us. We just need that person or people to help bring it out of us. When you find that special place like I did you realize that you had strength all along you just needed the right place to help captivate it and to bring it out of you. I found that at Crossfit AXON, I found that motivation, encouragement, family atmosphere there which made it easier to engage in strength training. It also helped me to find my true STRENGTH.
So realize that Strength has no GENDER, it is all about finding that motivator, that place, that coach, that family or person that helps you find that true STRENGTH. It lies in each of us we just sometimes need that extra push and help finding it.