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How to Start Powerlifting as a Female: Staci’s Story

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Ladies, meet your new hero.

Men, prepare to be humbled.

My friend Staci, or Spezzy as she’s known around the Nerd Fitness community, has one of the best transformations I’ve ever seen 😛 TAGEND

Working a sedentary desk chore, Staci slowly packed on weight and ate like a typical unhealthy American. She also smoked a pack of cigarettes a day. She tried to get in shape doing what many people start with: she ran a lot and essentially starved herself. She dropped to an incredibly low and unhealthy weight and developed an eating disorder. She fell in love with barbell strength training and started lifting HEAVY weights. She’s now in the best shape of her life, healthier and happier than ever before, regularly competing in powerlifting meets and deadlifting 430+ pounds! Now in 2019, her journey continues to inspire MILLIONS around the world.

For the women out there who are scared about” getting too bulky when lifting weights ,” this article is for you.

If you are intrigued about powerlifting and don’t know where to begin, this article is for you.

If you’re curious what happens to a gal who packs on 40+ lbs of muscle and starts lifting heavy weights, this article is for you.

Staci has transformed inside and out over the past 8+ years, and I want this story to inspire you to go pick up a barbell the next time you’re in a gym. It’s been a privilege to watch her journey day in and day out for those 8 years: Staci actually joined Team Nerd Fitness in a full-time capacity in 2012!

In fact, she’s now our lead female trainer in our 1-on-1 online NF Coaching Program !

Without further ado, here’s an interview /8 -year-retrospective/ how-to juggernaut of an article on my hero and yours, Staci Ardison!

Staci’s Origin Story: 170 Pounds and Unhappy

This is a picture of Staci back in 2009 before she decided to make some changes in her life.

Starting around age 16, she put on weight relatively steadily through high school, college, and beyond, when she reached her peak at 170 pounds in 2009 at the age of 25.

I asked her what a normal day was like before she tried to fix her health:

I’d get up at 7, go to work, have a Slim Fast shake because I never had time for breakfast. I wasn’t a big snacker but I ate a lot for my dinners; I’d typically go out to eat for lunch every day and get a sub or something from D’Angelo’s or Subway, and it was never the 6 ” one, it was the big one. And chips. Lots of chips. Or french fries. Getting home I’d either go out to eat with friends or plop in front of the Tv playing video games for hours.

My favorite dinner was tacos and nachos. I just asked my old roommate what I used to eat because I didn’t remember, and she said ” You used to sit in front of the Tv with a big plate of meat and cheese and run’ Hm, I guess I should have some chips with this.'” On many occasions, we’d order pizza or takeout around 11 PM too. On top of all of that, I used to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day!

And that’s when her doctor told her that she had high cholesterol and needed to lose some weight if she wanted to live a long healthy life.

Except that she wasn’t really sure how to lose weight, so she did what most people do when they want to lose weight 😛 TAGEND

Eat way less and run style more.

She joined a gym and started doing the elliptical as much as possible (” because that’s what you do when you want to get skinny, right ?”).

STACI: At first I was only able to make it 10 minutes, but eventually get up to about an hour at a time on the elliptical.

I always thought that being super skinny would induce me happy, like it was the one missing piece of my life. Everything would just magically be solved if I could just be skinny.

I bought countless workout machines for my apartment, which all ended up takes part in the corner collect dust. I bought DDR thinking that if I could exert in a video game, that would do it. It didn’t.

I even tried “Sweatin to the Oldies”( which, for the record, everyone should do, because it at least gets you giggling and moving ). Nothing stuck.

Until I was eventually ready. I can’t say what it was, but I just got up one day and said:” OK, I’m going to do this now .” I didn’t define a date ahead of time, I only woke up knowing it was time.

Along with the elliptical workouts, I joined Weight Watchers. But as I started to feel the effects of the weight loss, I get preoccupied. I’d weigh myself every day; I got a scale that measured every ounce so I’d know what it is I lost. How my day ran was always based on the number that was on the scale of assessments. If I had lost weight, it was a good day. If I had gained, I was worthless and didn’t deserve to have a good day, and had to do a second elliptical session to punish myself.

Following this unhealthy scheme, Staci went from 170 pounds all the way down to 110 pounds over the course of a year. And then she started to open her eyes …

STACI: I did lose the weight that I needed to lose, but instead of” seeing myself” and becoming comfortable in my own scalp, I aimed up being LESS comfortable. Everything I did was based on appearance. I couldn’t do certain things because either my body wasn’t “ready” or I was afraid I’d gain an OUNCE back.

I started appearing in the mirror and ensure 30 things that needed to change; I developed severe body dysmorphic ailment. When the elliptical and calorie regulation stopped running, I became bulimic; I was just so desperate to be thin. I was tired all the time, I had no energy to do anything even when I was sleeping 10 hours a night. The bag under my eyes were insane. I simply wasn’t getting the nutrients I needed.

It was at this point that I was dating a bodybuilder who informed me I was doing it all incorrect. This got the idea in my head that there was a better way, and I started to research nutrition and strength workouts. I got a defined of 5lb dumbbells and a Jillian Michaels DVD and tried doing pushups.

I recollect struggling to do chest press with the 5lb dumbbells. And I wouldn’t use weights at the gym because I was so scared of looking like a fool in front of all of the guys on the weight floor. Seriously terrified.

As I discovered more info on nutrition, I started questioning Weight Watchers, and finally stopped going after I asked a question on how something was healthy and he pulled the line,” we’re not trying to get healthy here, we’re just trying to lose a little weight” [ 1 ]. I started doing more the investigations and began my transition to eating more Paleo in April or May 2010. I upped my calorie intake to around 1,500 a day and immediately started to feel better.

Staci starts weight training, goes full Paleo, find Nerd Fitness

On June 1st, 2010, Staci’s work office opened up a gym with free weights, and she started training.

Because she was working out with coworkers and friends rather than random strangers, she felt comfy dedicating strength developing a try; she felt okay asking coworkers questions on different exerts and less self-conscious that she was doing everything wrong.

Over the next few months, from June until late August, she continued to educate herself on eating better and getting stronger 😛 TAGEND

STACI: I finished the Paleo transition in August or September, and stopped counting calories, which was one of the best decisions I’ve ever induced in my life; it’s a freedom I can’t even describe. I simply feed when I was hungry. I gained weight, but I stayed the same sizing clothes, so what the scale of assessments said began to matter less and less. I ran from 110 pounds at my lowest to around 130 pounds( both pictured above) and felt GREAT about it. My scale violated in May of that year, so I threw it away and only weigh myself likely once a month these days out of pure curiosity.

It was right around this time on her search for Paleo diet information that she stumbled across Nerd Fitness and insured an article about the Legend of Zelda( her favorite video game series too ). She joined our community and continued to put her focus on strength train, and made sure she ate enough to ga her workouts. She also tried out professional help for her eating disorder and body dysmorphic disorder.

After tons of encouragement of the membership of the Nerd Fitness community( including from Jon aka ” KnightWatch ,” now another NF coach) Staci began barbell training 😛 TAGEND

Deadlift Squat Overhead press Bench press

And merely focused on getting really strong with those motions!

For Staci, that first barbell encounter was electric:” When I say that the second largest I touched a barbell I fell in love, I’m not joking. People say to me,” Oh, it’s not healthy to lift that much ….” Lifting to me is like going and playing basketball to someone else. It’s a hobby and a passion. I’m not doing it because I have to, I’m doing it because I want to. I’m simply happier on days that I deadlift .”

And that’s how Staci jumped headfirst into the world of powerlifting.

Over the following six months, she strength developed like their own lives depended on it, keeping track of her gains and stimulating sure she ate enough to continue getting stronger. She learned the movements, took tips-off from others, and constantly checked in with the Nerd Fitness Community.

Here are her weight train stats for those first six months 😛 TAGEND

She created her deadlift from 135 pounds to 315 pounds, added 50 pounds to her overhead press and 50 pounds to her bench press.

You’re probably wondering what happens to a woman’s figure when she goes through this transformation and puts on even more weight. Permit me to show you!

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Staci Builds Muscle and Loses Fat

Believe it or not, Staci is 11 pounds heavier( 142 pounds) in the picture on the right( May 2011) compared to the picture on the left( 131 pounds, October 2010 ).

So what the hell happened?

How the heck does she look like she weighs less even though she weighs more?

She packed on muscle while getting rid of fat.

Another 2 years go by and Staci gained yet ANOTHER 8 pounds.

( AUDIBLE GASP)

Clearly now she must have gotten too “bulky,” right?

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You’re probably wondering,” Why is she getting leaner but somehow also gaining weight ?”

The answer is simple 😛 TAGEND

Magic.

Okay, maybe not magical. It’s time to bust the worst and most pervasive of the myths relating to women and lifting.

YOU DON’T GET BULKY LIFTING WEIGHTS:

When you strength train with very heavy weights for low numbers of repetitions, you build incredibly DENSE, tight muscle. If you are eating at a caloric deficit, you are keeping the muscle you have and burning the fat on top of the muscle.

So how did Staci gain weight, then? BECAUSE SHE WAS TRYING TO. On top of super heavy strength training, Staci was feeing 3,000 -4, 000+ calories per day( all healthy calories, mind you) to put on the extra weight.

YES, when you lift weights, your body shape WILL change. When you work out and lift, you’ll develop a body that looks more like an athlete- which may not be the super skinny Kate Moss look, but it’s a naturally healthy look.

Which brings me back to Staci.

Although she was training in CrossFit for 2+ years( you are able to read about our thoughts on CrossFit here ), after making a goal of vying at Regionals in 2012, she decided that she just LOVED lifting heavy, and be changed to train on her own, focusing primarily on strength, with some fun conditioning like swimming mixed in here and there.

For the next four years, Staci continued to pick up very heavy weights, feed more calories than most men, and genuinely focus on get stronger.

In those four years, Staci put on about another 10 pounds.

Surely by NOW she would get too “bulky,” right?

Surely this is when the whole” women who lift weights get bulky” myth get proven correct…right?

Hmmmm……nope!

Staci’s Develop in 2019

Okay so here we are another 5 years later! What is Staci doing these days?

Did she 😛 TAGEND

A) Did she become a yoga fanatic? B) Did she keep powerlifting? C) Did she fall in love with gymnastics? D) All of the above?

Spoiler alert: all of the above. Duh.

Building a solid foundation of functional strength let Staci to work on other skills and pick them up quickly.

I asked Staci what her overall goals are these days 😛 TAGEND

My overall goal, sport-specific aside, is to be able to do whatever I want to do whenever I want to, without warning, without my body holding me back. And by that I entail if a friend calls me tomorrow and says, “I found a secret treehouse in the middle of the timbers, but we need to hike a gigantic mountain and motorcycle 50 miles to get there, ” I want to be able to say “I’m in” without hesitation. So I always want to push my body’s limits. Plus, it’s fun!

I truly enjoy vying sometimes, but my main goal isn’t to be the best at one athletic- I have too many objectives I’m working towards!

And rather than tell you about Staci, I’d rather share some recent educate videos from her exploding Instagram page 😛 TAGEND

5 strict muscle ups in a row? No problem 😛 TAGEND

A post shared by Staci Ardison (@ staciardison ) on Dec 29, 2017 at 10:21 am PST

Deadlifting 325 lbs for 8 reps? No big deal 😛 TAGEND

A post shared by Staci Ardison (@ staciardison ) on Dec 28, 2017 at 5:44 pm PST

Pull ups on a rope? Sure, why not 😛 TAGEND

A post shared by Staci Ardison (@ staciardison ) on Dec 27, 2017 at 10:41 am PST

Crazy yoga poses with her adorable puppy Madi? But of course 😛 TAGEND

A post shared by Staci Ardison (@ staciardison ) on Oct 25, 2017 at 6:34 pm PDT

Handstand practice for funsies? Hell yeah 😛 TAGEND

A post said that he shared Staci Ardison (@ staciardison ) on Oct 5, 2017 at 5:40 pm PDT

Making a 405 lb deadlift seem super easy? Yup 😛 TAGEND

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3 sets of 12 reps at 200 lbs , no problem 😛 TAGEND

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HOW STACI IS ABLE TO DO ALL OF THESE THINGS 😛 TAGEND

Staci can do all of the above because she constructed a foundation of functional strength.

She got really strong at big motions like the squatting and deadlift, and bodyweight movements like push-ups and pull-ups. She cut her body fat percentage so she wasn’t carrying around excess weight. She taught her body that being strong feels good, and learned that being strong stimulates her happy.

She also did a few other key things for each of these activities 😛 TAGEND

She slowwwwwly progressed with each exercise, and had a strong foundation to start with! She followed very specific progressions when it comes to gymnastic rings. She followed a progression when it comes to handstands. She had a yoga routine to follow( we have a whole course starring Staci with fun yoga routines ).

She also had help! Although she learned a lot on her own, Staci over the past 7 years has worked with different coaches and trainers to learn specific skills or improve her ability in certain motions or lifts, as well as help her with proper programming and periodization. After all, a coach can be a game changer and having somebody who can check your sort and offer guidance is like turning on cheat codes for strength gains.

So that’s where she’s at now, but there’s a big question I haven’t answered yet: Just WHAT was she eating to fuel these workouts? After all, we know from Nerd Fitness that nutrition is 90% of the combat when it comes to strength gain and/ or weight loss!

So here is her exact nutritional strategy!

Staci’s Exact Nutritional Strategy

Meal portioning

Oh what’s that? You want to know EXACTLY how Staci eats too? Of course you do, you’re reading Nerd Fitness and you want all the nerdy specifics you can get your hands on.

Let’s start by taking a look at what Staci eat through the first few years of her transformation.

Here’s an exact week for her back in mid-2 012 😛 TAGEND

Every Sunday( or whatever runs, but usually it’s Sunday) I cook a few pounds of chicken. I then portion it out and keep them in Ziploc pouches. If I don’t have time for that, you can get all-natural precooked sausage( both chicken and pork) that works just as well as a “bring to work” meat. 5AM pre-workout:( first thing in the morning ): protein shake.( nothing special ). It’s not Paleo, and I love every sip of it. Then I go and work out. If I go to the gym with a full stomach, I will not leave with a full belly. 7:30AM on my route to run: apple or pear. 9:30AM sweet potato with cinnamon. I keep them at work, and cut them up, throw it in the microwave for five minutes with cinnamon. Comes out amazing. Another protein shake somewhere in here between breakfast and lunch. 12PM lunch: two of the bags of chicken I precooked and a purse of the Steamfresh vegetables. The entire container is about 3.5 serves of veggies. My favorite is broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Lunch 2: spinach salad with shrimp, red pepper, green peppers, red onion, lemon juice. 2-3 snacks in the afternoon. Could be one of these: Apple with almond butter, bell pepper( I eat them like apples … I’m weird ), carrots( they even make carrots cut like chips ), bags of chicken( yes, those bags of chicken I consider a snack as well , not just a snack ), a zucchini( yes, plain, raw, uncooked ), celery with almond butter and raisins, strawberries, frozen mixed berries. 7-8PM dinners: meat( steak, sausage, shrimp, salmon, or chicken) with some of the following: red peppers, green peppers, red onions, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower( Steamfresh bags !), and/ or summer squash and zucchini. Every once in a while I attain something awesome, like this( but actually, that takes a lot of time ). When I DO construct something like that, I make it in bulk and will eat it for the week.

Seems like an absurd quantity of food, right?

That’s because it IS an absurd quantity of food. This is what Staci does day in and day out in order to gain weight so that she can lift heavier weights.

And I think you’ll agree with me that despite all of this extra work to pack on a lot of weight, the last word you would use to describe Staci’s physique these days is “bulky.”

However, Staci discovered in 2013 that she had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune illnes that messes with your thyroid.

This diagnosis explained a lot of the struggles she had dealing with random weight gain and nervousnes, but it was something she had to address. Although it put a strain on her training, she addressed the disease with her doctor- who initially tried to treat it exclusively through drug- by actively tracking her nutrition and following a VERY specific type of nutritional strategy( while being monitored by her doctor ).

This lead to Staci following a strict auto-immune Paleo protocol[ 2 ] for food: meat, veggies, and berries. The autoimmune one of the purposes of Paleo cuts out nuts and seeds, nightshades( tomatoes, onions, peppers ), and eggs. After experimenting with this diet, Staci slowly started re-introducing foods and developed a diet that works best for her.

Now Staci eats meats, veggies, dairy( but only whole and organic grass fed ), fruits, eggs, and rice. She doesn’t eat gluten or soy anymore , no matter what. This may sound restrictive, but she really enjoys it and feels better than she’s felt in her entire life.

She also became a master batch-meal-cooker, preparing her snacks for the week step-by-step.

I asked her a few other questions about her diet, specifically:” Do you miss the junk food you used to eat ?”

STACI: The thing is…I don’t. Once you’re off of all of the sugar and processed foods, you don’t even think about it. I get ice cream the other day, which has always been my huge weakness, and it was so sweet that I actually had to mix it with berries and even ended up throwing some of it away.

It always bothers me when people will be like “come on, why don’t you live a little! ” when I’m out to eat. I’m eating this way out of choice, because I want to. I LOVE steak, I LOVE shrimp, I LOVE broccoli – why would I eat pasta or pizza when I can have any of those? Processed food actually savor fake to me now, and I don’t feel good afterwards. I truly, truly, actually do not want it.

Now, many people would say ” Isn’t it super expensive to eat only healthy food all the time? Isn’t it much easier to opt for the inexpensive, quick, and easy fast food ?”

STACI: Sure, it can be, but I constructed it a priority in my budget. Batch cooking and meal prep saves a lot of fund and actually stimulates it cheaper to eat this style. But also, to me, feeling amazing and being healthy is more important than having 1,000 channels, get the newest contraptions, or living in the most luxurious apartment. Plus, I save A Plenty of fund by not going out drinking.

Also, healthy feeing doesn’t need to break the bank!

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How Else Staci Changed

Sure, Staci changed physically, and her stance changed, but how she thought about the gym changed too.

Instead of looking at the gym as a negative thing, and how horrible it’s going to be using the boring elliptical, she changed her posture. Now she guesses, “Hey! I get to do squats today! I wonder if I’ll reached a personal best? ”

STACI:” There have been nights where I’ve actually had trouble sleeping because I’m so excited about deadlifts the next day .”

I know it sounds silly, but that little mental change actually does make a big difference, especially if you keep doing it.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention something else Staci did that was really powerful: she assessed the relationships in her life and leveled those up too.

STACI: Most people have been super supportive, but others definitely believing that I’ve gone too extreme. I learned to drown out the voices pretty early, and merely do what I felt was the best for me. With diet, I recollect the first few people I told about Paleo definitely were not supportive and were more worried than anything. I started telling people that certain foods merely “didn’t sit well with my stomach” or that I was allergic( turns out, it was sort of true ). It ran great.

Staci has also had to deal with genuinely negative people that couldn’t deal with her healthy evolution and she had to sacrifice them( not literally !).

I’ve known Staci through nearly this entire journey because she became an active member of our community at the very beginning. Her transformation over these past 7 years has been awe-inspiring. Watching her go from shy message committee poster to veteran team member and now lead female trainer at Nerd Fitness has put the biggest smile on my face.

I’m proud to call her a friend and honored to have her as a teammate.

Why Staci was successful for 8 years and Counting

When most of us reach adulthood, we usually get bigger, slower, unhealthier.

Staci bucked the trend, and instead became healthier, stronger, happier, dealt with a lot of baggage( smoking craving, eating disorders, Hashimoto’s disease ), and came out the other side a powerlifting superhero badass girl. In looking back over her journey and interacting with her practically every day for these 8 years, I can identify a few things she did that specifically aided her on her quest 😛 TAGEND

# 1 SHE EDUCATED HERSELF

When Staci started her weight loss journey, she didn’t really know any better and didn’t know where to turn, so she did what she thought was right: she starved herself and spent hours and hours on treadmills and elliptical machines.

After this left her miserable and depressed, she started doing her research and finally learned how to eat properly.

Shed detected strength training and started learning how to get stronger. She learned how to do a squatting, deadlift, bench press, and other basic strength moves like push-ups.

She used 20 seconds of gallantry to start training in a commercial gym, rapidly realizing that she had every right to train with the guys in the free weight section.

# 2 SHE FOCUSED ON STRENGTH, NOT HER WEIGHT

We know that” appearance is a consequence of fitness .” Rather than worry about her weight and how it fluctuated on a daily basis, Staci hurled away her scale and merely focused on get stronger. She tailored her dinner scheme( which is quite extensive) around getting stronger. She understood that it is ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR WOMEN TO GET TOO BULKY FROM LIFTING WEIGHTS( and “bulky” is quite subjective anyway, right ?). So she simply tracked her workouts and try our best to get stronger each week, known that her appearance would change as a result of this strength. I’d say it ran!

# 3 SHE ATE RIGHT

What you eat will be 90% of your success or failure when it comes to fitness and health. Staci tried the” eat way less food” technique of weight loss, and it turned her into a sickly person with an eating disorder who fought with 5-pound dumbbells. She got professional help to overcome her disorder, trained herself on nutrition, focused on ingesting the right foods for her body, and now no longer worries about how many calories she eats. She has boundless energy, style more confidence, and is happier as a result.

When she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, she worked with her doctor to treat the problem through a strict nutritional strategy rather than merely resorting to drug and pills. It necessitated a fairly large pivot, but Staci will tell you that feeling strong and healthy is worth it.

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# 4 SHE TRACKED HER WORKOUT

Staci is a nerd like you and me, which entails she loves numbers and stats. You can go back through her old posts on our message committees and find exactly how much she was lifting and how she was develop over the years. She tracks every one of her workouts she’s ever done, and can always refer back to them!

On weeks where she didn’t see as much success in the gym, she examined factors like diet, stress, and sleep, and made adjustments where needed to break through any plateaus.

On weeks when she didn’t feel as healthy, she could figure out what needed fixing and how to fix it. As long as the amount of weight at the end of the bar kept going up, she knew she was progressing in the right direction. In other terms,” in order to crack the problem, you gotta track the problem !”

# 5 SHE HAD A COMMUNITY OF SUPPORT

Staci jumped headfirst into the Nerd Fitness community, asking questions about strength develop, participating in our monthly challenges, and asking for supporting in her quest to live a healthier life. She has since joined our squad, became a leading trainer for our 1-on-1 coaching program, is a big presence in the online community for the Nerd Fitness Academy, and has stimulated friends in gyms in different regions of the country. And thanks to this success tale, she’s inspired hundreds of thousands of women to start strength educate!

# 6 SHE NEVER STOPPED LEARNING AND SLAYING NEW DRAGON

Look at Staci’s developing regimen in 2019: gymnastic rings, handstands, yoga, swimming, powerlifting, bodyweight train, and Olympic lifting. In 8 years, I have ensure Staci evolve and accommodate her workout program dozens of days. While many people miserably run on a treadmill and go on a diet until they reach their aim weight( merely to set it all back on) … Staci was different.

She understood the concept that” “youve never” get to be done, so you might as well enjoy the journey .” Staci doesn’t HAVE to go to the gym, she Get to go to the gym. It makes her feel alive. Learning new skills and having new aims consistently keeps her on target and working harder to live better.

You never get to be done- so don’t go on diets or follow a workout program you hate. Pick activities you love and get addicted to progress. Staci got hooked on picking up heavier and heavier weights, and now she’s hooked on watching what her body is capable of!

In other words, what do you do after you slay a dragon? Go find a bigger one!

How to be Like Staci

” Staci is so awesome. I want to be like her when I grow up, even though I’m older than her” is something you might be saying right now.

You’re inspired and fired up and know that women can lift heavy and still look great and you want to get started. But you have no idea what you’re doing or where to begin, which is why I’m here.

HOW TO BE LIKE STACI 😛 TAGEND

STEP 1: Get started with bodyweight training by following our Beginner Bodyweight Workout Routine, until you are able to complete the routine completely.

STEP 2: Read our entire Strength 101 sequence, where we cover how to strength train with weights. Practice at home with a broomstick or PVC pipe to build confidence with the big movements and then…

STEP 3: Read our complete guide on how to train in a gym! Head to a gym and complete your first strength train routine!

STEP 4: Repeat and try and learn and do and mess up and pick up slightly heavier things and recur and try and fail and succeed and learn a lot about yourself in the process. It’s the journey , not the destination; enjoy it!

Know that you’re not alone on this journey. We have a community of hundreds of thousands of people all over the world that want to help you! But we are unable to help you once you decide to get started.

What’s that “youre saying”?” Steve this all sounds well and good, but please I merely want somebody to tell me EXACTLY what to do every day so that I have the confidence and peace of mind that I’m doing things correctly !”

Don’t worry, I got you encompassed there too!

IF YOU WANT TO BE TOLD EXACTLY WHAT TO DO:

Consider our 1-on-1 coaching program where we’ll build a powerlifting and nutrition program for you based on your situation and current level of experience, with video form the inspections and expert guidance. It’s how Leslie, a single mom, lost 100+ pounds! On a bit tighter of a budget? No problem! Check out our self-paced online course, the Nerd Fitness Academy, which eases you into strength training with both bodyweight and gym routines.

I don’t care how you get started, only that you start!

You might have to deal with jerks in a gym who think they know better, but I promise you they don’t. You have just as much a right to lift in the gym as they do, and you have as much right to use the free weights section as they do.

Go get strong, and be like Staci!

-Steve

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Obviously we know this Weight Watchers employee doesn’t reflect the beliefs and opinions of all employees at Weight Watchers. You can read more about autoimmune Paleo here over on Robb Wolf’s site

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