A few weeks ago I was returning from a trip to the West Coast when a woman on the plane wasn’t able to lift her luggage into the overhead bin. I ended up helping her and lifted the bag without any trouble. What was surprising to me wasn’t that this woman told me that it was too heavy for me to lift, but that she didn’t seem to care that she wasn’t able to do herself.
My name is Julie Read and I’m the owner of The Working Body, an in-person (Helloooo, Philadelphia!) and online strength coaching business via email and Skype. I cater to women who want to get strong. The anecdote above is one of the main reasons I’m in this business – I don’t want you to have to ask for help to lift things – I just want you to lift them high and do that safely. I believe that being physically strong also helps with mental toughness and often brings about other healthy lifestyle changes.
In my business I help women navigate the sometimes unfamiliar world of the weight room. Getting stronger is about building muscle, which can be scary. I’ve heard women say that they don’t want to get big and bulky – well, good news, that’s very unlikely. As you build strength, you’re also likely to lose fat. You might notice that the waist of your jeans is loose and you’re happy to see your arms in the new dress you bought.
The short story is that strength training and training at higher intensities will benefit you post workout. There’s this magical thing called the afterburn where your body continues to burn calories after you’ve completed your workout. The more intensity you have when training, the more of an afterburn effect you will get: to increase intensity think heavier weights, moving faster or combining the two. Other post workout benefits: your body will burn more fat and you could see an increase in your resting metabolism rate.
So, in addition to getting strong and being able to lift your suitcase into the overhead bin, you’ll be losing fat in the process. Sounds good, doesn’t it? There are so many methods to build muscle with programs put together by coaches in the fitness industry, but in every program the common thread is that you’ll start to pick up heavier weights.
What happens sometimes though, is that there is so much information out there that it can be scary, too much work or paralysis by analysis and you never end up adding in weights – which is why I’m here to help. As a thank you to Ashley for having me here on Coffee Cake and Cardio, I’d like to give discounts to you!
For the first 20 to commit, you’ll get 33% off of the following:
- 1 or 3 months of distance coaching – that’s over $50 dollars off per month!
- 5 session package of in person strength coaching sessions – a steal at under $43/session!
To buy a package, head on over here and scroll to the “Buy Now” button. At checkout enter discount code CCC33. This is open to US residents only.
When I’m working with clients there are a few things that are top priority for me. My first focus is safety – loading a body that isn’t ready for weight can bring on injury and that’s the last thing we want. You can think of an unstable body like a car with a few missing bolts – the car will work, but it’s not going to be efficient and there’s a greater chance it will break down in the near future. I’m also not the type of coach to yell at you for an hour to go faster or lift more. Yes, there’s a time and place for that, but it’s not all the time and pushing too hard can be a detriment to your long term success. It follows that listening to your body is of utmost importance. If you’re unsure how to do that, we can work on it together by paying attention to how movements feel during and after working out. You’ll be able to make bigger gains, stay uninjured and even have energy for the rest of your day after you leave the gym.
When we work together we’ll figure out your goals related to strength and conditioning, nutrition and overall wellness and how all of those pieces fit together in your current lifestyle. We can do this one-on-one or in a small group, in person or on-line through email and Skype. In person the benefit is accountability. All you have to do is show up and be ready to work. Distance coaching is great for self-motivated women working out at home or in their own gym. We’d talk weekly and you’ll receive workouts online. You can send videos and pictures of your training sessions – it’s like having me in your back pocket without the commitment of in-person strength coaching.
If you’re just looking for a taste of what I offer, sign up for my newsletter. You’ll receive 7 intense workouts written to build muscle and up your intensity to get the afterburn effect. I bet if that woman on the airplane knew the benefits of strength training, she’d be proud to lift her suitcase.