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'Ladies Get Loaded' - The Lowdown

25 Jul 2014

Last Saturday night’s FREE Workshop ‘Ladies Get Loaded’ last week had about 15 members there to learn more about training with weights – needless to say, they all loved it!

If you missed out… don’t worry! Here’s the lowdown thanks to our star Fitness Manager, James Campbell.

“We got great feedback from our members who said it was really informative and helpful. We split everyone up into small groups of 3-4 so that each had an instructor taking them through different muscle groups and teaching them how to use the weights, machines, barbells and D'B's.

“We had a bit of a dream team on hand for the members with Erin and I alongside UniRec’s Get It Fitness personal training team of Luka, Milly and Vonita”.

The ladies rotated around five different exercises stations - Leg machines, Chest, Back, Arms, Deadlift and Squat.

Luka, Get it Fitness Trainer says “they learnt the basic movement patterns and how to use free weights and machine weights safely and effectively. It was great to see these ladies get comfortable with the exercises and the equipment in the one hour session”.

An outline of what was given to the ladies at the end of the session by James is below. It explains some of the benefits, tips and common mistakes of weight lifting.

Look out for common myths of women and weights which will feature on Facebook in the near future!

If female members want to discuss anything about weights with UniRec staff, they can touch base with any of the ECs in the centre who will be happy to give them a helping hand. Get it Fitness trainers are also on hand for any questions.

Happy training!


The benefits of lifting weights

  • Increases metabolism
  • Increases bone density
  • Improves posture
  • Improves cardiovascular fitness
  • Gives the body shape
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Reduces blood pressure, which reduces risks of CHD and diabetes
  • Reduces risk of injury
  • Improves balance and flexibility
  • The list is endless…

Simple tips to improve your weights programme

  • Start light
  • Make sure you train all areas of your body
  • Don’t forget about your breathing
  • Always stick to quality over quantity

Common mistakes with lifting

  • Core neglect
  • Start lifting too heavy
  • Not combining with cardio work to lose weight
  • Insufficient intensity

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