Fitness

The Darkside of the Gym

No. I'm not talking about the Empire. Even though, having real live Jedi knights in our world would be pretty cool. #nerd. 

I'm talking about the dreaded free weights. Not even the machines. The free weights. Where at every corner your turn there's a dude big enough to fit a doorway standing there. In a stinger tank top sweating his balls off lifting the bazillion pound dumbbells and grunting like he's having an orgasm. Yep, that side of the gym. 

That area is my home. So many tears have been shed. So much blood has been spilled. (obviously, not literally). I found myself in the iron. The iron has made me a better a better runner, a better boxer, a better mom. So why is it so evil to many, but so great to some? 

Intimidation.

That's the first part. I mean, my first time over there I couldn't breathe. I was terrified. 


Intimidate
to make (someone) afraid
— http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intimidate

But seriously, I couldn't breathe. It was so hot and stuff and stinky, I just couldn't. But I stuck with it. After a few months, I got to know the people over there. Who had their pro card and whatever the fuck that meant, which I now know what it means. To who was a competitive powerlifter. To who's the best person to ask about nutrition. To who's the best spotter. To who has bigger arms than my thighs. 

I learned to lift heavy and lift big. I learned that these group of stinger wearing, smelly guys.... are actually pretty cool. And totally willing to help when needed. That these guys are working hard to help others. That the gym is their escape from stress, from life. 

"Heavy weights will make me bulky like a man." 

Ok, first off. No. Just. No. Lifting heavy, does not make you bulky. I don't even want to begin on this statement. Do a search on google: #girlsthatlift. There you will find an AMAZING amount of pictures of women being absolutely incredible, lifting heavy, and being their gorgeous selves. 

"I only like to run." 

I'm a runner. May not look like it and I definitely don't act like it. But I run. I run slower than a turtle walking on quick sand. But I run. And I hate every second of it. However, heavy weight training, has significantly improved my cardiac capacity. My time is better, recovery is faster, an endurance is better. Heavy weight training will help you run better. 

Besides who only likes to run. Like do you like to do other stuff? I mean come on. It's running. 

So is the free weight section really the Darkside? Or is it the Rebel force in disguise? 


Kristy Kronas is a Certified Personal Trainer in the burbs of Chicago. She is a single parent and author with a children's book being published this fall! She has a passion for lifting, boxing, kayaking, and a hatred of running. Watch out for her new venture this September when she launches a daily podcast called the 'Daily Donut.' If you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi, shoot her an email!