I’ve been lifting weights in various forms since 2012. Like many women, weights alluded me in college in favor of an elliptical but once I graduated I joined CrossFit and began my love affair with barbells.
Over these past 7 years I’ve done it all: CrossFit, Olympic lifting classes with a former Olympian, bootcamps, bodybuilding programming, powerlifting programming, Orange Theory, and Barry’s. All of them have their merits and I’m firmly in the camp of “the best workout for you is the one you do.” I have many girlfriends who aren’t interested in lifting weights and choose barre or spin classes. While I’m still convinced they’d see better results if they picked up something heavier than 10 lbs., I’m happy they’re dedicating time to their pursuit of fitness.
For the first 6 months of this year, I did Orange Theory Fitness classes. Orange Theory focuses on interval training where you spend time on a treadmill, rower, and floor with dumbbells. I chose it out of convenience (I lived across the street from the studio) and because I was tired of hyping myself up at the gym where I lifted.
You don’t realize how freeing it is to be able to walk into a room and not think. After a full day at work where you’ve been making decisions left and right I relished the opportunity to just show up and be told what to do.
Admittedly, I should have been doing that with my weightlifting programming (which I pay for and do not write myself) but even getting to the gym and needing to fight for a squat rack felt like too much effort compared to the handholding that Orange Theory provided.
My 6 month contract with Orange Theory ended in June and so did my interest in their workouts. While my cardiovascular health improved tremendously (I ran a 58:08 10K in May) I missed the sense of accomplishment that came with squatting, pressing, and pulling heavy weights.
I’m currently doing 3/week program by Bret Contreras who is extremely knowledgeable about all things lifting. The price? $40/month for programming that is total body but has a slight focus on glutes. 🍑🏋🏽♀️
I used to feel guilt that I couldn’t stick with just one type of workout. But humans like novelty and mixing up my workouts has helped me achieve my fitness philosophy which is “keep moving.” What is yours?