Jessica went from intimidated beginner to confident strong chick after doing my Ladies Who Lift and Olympic Lifting courses, and has exceeded all her expectations in her first year of strength training! She’s now a personal trainer helping others on their strength journey.
“I got interested in training about seven years ago. Despite seeking advice from personal trainers and fitness magazines, I always had disappointing results.
Before working with Sally I had done a few of the power lifts with personal trainers, but I never had the nerve to try barbell training on my own.
The lifts seemed complicated and technical, and the weightroom was very intimidating because it was mainly filled by men.
When I found Sally’s strength training blog, gubernatrix.co.uk, I was intrigued by strength training, which is something I rarely heard mentioned in regards to women. Sally’s passion for weight lifting really shone through her writing, and I was keen to meet her and find out more.
One of the best things about Sally is that she’s a really motivational coach, and I like her conviction that women can lift more than they think they can.
Sally’s method of teaching breaks down the lifts and makes them accessible to novices – after my first course with Sally I learned a few crucial tips for deadlifts that increased my PBs within a few workouts.
The Ladies Who Lift course covered fundamentals like how to use the squat rack, how to load/de-load the bar, and the safety aspects of lifting (including how to bail out of the lifts safely, and arranging a spotter). Prior to the course I had been ignorant on these logistics, and I see now it was holding me back.
I was worried that I was too ‘girly’ and therefore not cut out for weight lifting. I also thought the training might be too high-level for me as a beginner. Thankfully I was wrong on both counts!
In the year since I first met Sally I have progressed to bodyweight and above on all my lifts, even nearing a double bodyweight deadlift!
I couldn’t have reached these without the confidence in weightlifting technique and belief in myself, mentally.”
To book on to the Ladies Who Lift beginners weight training course for women, click here.
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