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Four Workouts That Make Me Feel Strong

Four Workouts That Make Me Feel Strong

It's no secret that I enjoy working out. I love the endorphin boost that I receive when I perform a good sweaty workout. Most of all, I love workouts that make me feel strong and powerful in the gym. Lately I have found myself steering toward workouts that challenge me and push me out of my comfort zones. Today I'm going to share the top four workouts that make me feel strong.

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I think we have finally passed the day and age where women just want to get skinny. We now live in a time where women are going into the gym wanting to get strong. What better way to get that feeling than through my #1 Workout, strength training. 

#1 Strength Training Workouts

I have loved strength training as long as I can remember. As soon as I started lifting weights in high school I got hooked. For me, there is something about walking up to a set of weights and challenging them and myself. I have found that performing 3-4 strength training sessions a week can transform my body and my mind. After a good session I walk out feel confident and strong. I encourage anyone who has yet to give strength training a try to do so soon.  


#2. Stair Climbing Workouts  

No matter how "in shape" I am, climbing workouts kick my butt! The stairmill, stair stepper, stairs at my job and train stop! They all leave me panting by the time I get to the top. According to an article on Thrillist, here is a reason why climbing may be so hard:

Gravity is pushing you down as you use more muscle to push up,” Rekhviashvili explains. “We’re not [as] used to walking uphill or climbing stairs as we are to just walking. When you’re doing stairs you’re pretty much doing a lunge. So already you’re working against gravity, and on top of that, activating a lot more muscle, stabilizers, and your glutes to actually push off. In general everyday life, these are just not muscles we activate a lot.
— https://www.thrillist.com

I can totally agree with that. Although I find climbing workouts to be very difficult, I also find them to be rewarding when I have completed them. I am usually dripping with sweat and my legs feel like jello, but I also feel much stronger because I completed it. This is exactly the feeling I felt once I completed the Manitou Incline. This climbing workout has 2,741 steps, with an average grade of 43 percent. It's 68 percent at the steepest point, what a climb!

#3 New Workouts

I'm always a little nervous going into a workout I have never tried before. Maybe this is the control freak inside of me. I am one who always likes to know what is going on and what to expect. Last year I tried Barre for the first time and I had no idea what to expect. Classes like Yoga, Barre and Pilates are ones I usually steer clear of. This is because I never think they will give me a good enough workout, boy was I wrong!  

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This class had my legs shaking in ways that I didn't know that they could shake :). It was challenging that is for sure. Once I made it through the class I felt strong, especially since I didn't know if I would make it through at all!  

#4. The Workout I Didn't Want To Do.

I know everyone can probably relate to this last one. This is the workout that you know you needed to do, didn't want to do, but did it anyway. I have these workouts from time to time and I must say they make me feel really strong! I'm not talking physically strong on this one, I'm talking mentally strong.

These workout make me feel like I actually do have some willpower inside of me. They make me feel like I can overcome my feelings and that little voice in my head telling me no and I can't. Ultimately, these workouts leave me feeling proud of myself for pushing through in order to reach the goals I have set for myself.

What workouts make you feel strong?

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