The best option in weight training for women beginners.
“I want to get stronger but I just don’t know what to do. I need someone to teach me proper technique so that I feel confident.”
What your issues tend to be
You are new to lifting with free weights (barbells and dumbbells) and training for strength.
You’re tired of feeling weak and just messing around in the gym. You want to learn how to lift weights properly so that you can train with confidence and feel like you are getting somewhere.
However you have no idea how to go about lifting weights and you are worried that your technique is just not good enough. You find that you hold back or ‘cop out’ of lifting heavy for fear of injuring yourself.
You find the weights room quite intimidating as it’s full of grunting men and you never see women in there on a regular basis. When you’ve asked at your gym about “proper” weight training you’ve been given a blank stare. You may have had bad experiences with personal trainers in the past who’ve pushed you too hard (to the point of injury) or just haven’t listened to you.
It seems like there’s no-one in your gym who can help you or who understands what you want. There must be other weight training beginners who know how you feel – but where are they?!
What you need right now
A class that is specifically designed to teach weight training for women beginners. A class that teaches you exactly how to lift weights with good technique, how to make regular progress and get excellent results from your gym sessions.
“When I came in I was really afraid of deadlifting. I wasn’t sure about the form or anything. So being able to actually pick that up off the ground was great. And I think just generally learning how strong I am and how much I can lift is very encouraging. It makes you feel really good.” – Rhian
You want to learn in a supportive, non-judgmental environment with other people who are weight training beginners, in the same boat as you. You don’t push yourself when you’re on your own so you need the support of a coach and training partners to encourage you to lift heavier.
“I’m on the train home from the gym and just thought I’d email to say thank you for putting together the ladies who lift course. Went to the “male” area of my gym this evening for the first time ever and squatted in the squat rack. I’m over the moon. I’ve wanted to do it for so long and now I finally have the confidence!” – Jess
The class that will suit you best is the LADIES WHO LIFT class
The Ladies Who Lift class will teach you everything you need to know as weight training for women beginners, to start lifting free weights in the gym with confidence. From mastering perfect technique in the squat, deadlift, pull up, bench press and other big exercises, to learning how to set up all the equipment for your workout, you always know EXACTLY what to do and how to do it when you are in the gym.
Tuesdays 6.30pm-7.30pm @ Strength Hub E15
Tuesdays 6pm-7pm and 7pm-8pm @ Dulwich College Sports Club (starting 1 September)
Thursdays 6.30pm-7.30pm @ Strength Hub E15
Fridays 6pm-7pm @ Dulwich College Sports Club (starting 2 October)
Saturdays 9.30am-10.30am OR Sundays 11.35am-12.35pm @ Strength Hub E15
Getting Started with Ladies Who Lift
Getting Started at Dulwich
We run beginner and general classes at Dulwich. If you are new to weight training, please book into a Ladies Who Lift Beginner class to get started. No previous experience is necessary for our Beginner classes.
Our Drop-In price is £15 per class.
Getting Started at West Ham
Before coming to our regular weekly classes, we invite you to complete our Intro to Powerlifting workshop. This 2-hour workshop will teach you the fundamental technique for the power lifts: squat, bench press and deadlift.
This is a pre-requisite for joining Ladies Who Lift classes at West Ham, as you need a basic grounding in lifting techniques in order to participate safely. If you already have some experience with the power lifts, and have the basic technique, it’s fine to skip the workshop and move straight to classes.
The Intro to Powerlifting workshop is designed to accommodate complete beginners, so we will meet you where you are at. You won’t be expected to lift ‘heavy’ right away, or do anything that you are not comfortable with. You can learn technique with light weights or even with a stick. If any movements present a problem, there is generally a workaround or an alternative, so don’t worry if you feel you have movement limitations.
Note: Our Intro to Powerlifting workshop is a general introduction for all of our powerlifting classes, not just Ladies Who Lift. Please do talk to us about arranging a women-only space.
Here are the upcoming dates for Intro to Powerlifting. The workshop price is £35.
Please click on a date to book:
Wednesday 2 September, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Sunday 6 September, 9.30am-11.30am
Wednesday 7 October, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Sunday 18 October, 9.30am-11.30am
COVID Secure measures: Class size is limited to 8 people to ensure social distancing. All participants have their own barbell and lifting space. Gym is ground floor with a door direct to the outside and good ventilation.
Strength Hub E15
71 Holland Road
London E15 3BP
The gym is a 5 minute walk from West Ham station. Free car parking is also available. West Ham is on Jubilee, District, Hammersmith & City, DLR and national rail.
Dulwich College Sports Club
London SE21 7LE
The sports club is a 10 minute walk from West Dulwich station (trains from Victoria and Brixton, and also on Thameslink at peak times). Free car parking is available in the main college car park [with sports club membership card]. On street parking is also available.
Memberships and Ongoing Costs
When you first start, you will be eligible for our unlimited Trial Month membership.
After your trial month is complete, you can move onto a monthly membership or a class pack.
For full details, please see our Memberships page.
To find out more about our Ladies Who Lift classes just fill in the contact form here
Pippa: “I’ve always felt really self conscious in exercise classes, so it was really nice to come, there’s such diversity and range of experience”