Helping a petite ballerina perform her first chin-up and dead-lift more than she weighs is a special moment. Helping a woman become comfortable in the gym and look at herself in the mirror with pride reminds me of why I left medical school to pursue my profession in health and wellness in the first place.
None of this is to brag. Instead, it's to spread a message that strength training possesses an array of benefits and special powers that extend beyond aesthetic goals. It's easy to marvel at the women in the CrossFit games and the plethora of fitness superstars on Instagram who are seemingly perfect
However, before any of those women were seemingly confident and could do no wrong, they were beginners at some point. They had the same fears and doubts. Here are 11 tips I remind each woman to keep in mind when beginning her weight training story: