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Something that I have loved watching over in our Operation Move community group over the last year is the shift from being predominantly a space for run chat to a group that encompasses a whole lot of ways to move.

I have loved following journeys to triathlons, I enjoy the daily WOD chat from our Crossfitters and because of my own personal preferences I get right into the conversations about lifting. When I started with my trainer last year I had all sorts of myths in my head about getting bulky, turning a bit macho and other stupid things. What actually happened was that weight training (along with good nutrition) saw me become my leanest, strongest self and I am here to tell you that it felt AMAZING.

We lift and love it.

We lift and love it.

One of the big bonuses of weight training that doesn’t often rate a mention is how seeing your body change and feeling it become strong can make you feel sexier than you ever have before.

Maybe it’s just me, but the transition to motherhood was a really challenging one in terms of how I viewed myself as a woman. I went from being this desirable, free-spirited, autonomous being to a person who was constantly at the beck and call of one child or another. My body was shared through pregnancy and breastfeeding, the way I felt about myself was not always positive and I had real trouble reconciling the concept of ‘mother’ with ‘sexy’. I’m sure it is partly a hormonal thing and I suspect I’m not alone in those feelings, but having four babies over a period of 8 years was a really long time to resign myself and my body to other people. I didn’t enjoy my body, it was too busy being functional and while I know many women manage to be very sexy Mums indeed I definitely did not feel like one of them.

My fitness journey began when my youngest wasn’t quite two and I was still breastfeeding, so my body was still undergoing the rigours of physical mothering but taking the time to train created a space for me to start enjoying my body again.

I’ve since discovered that not only does weight training really enhance the way I see myself because the physical changes are so much more evident than those created by running, it also helps balance my moods and I have it on good authority that I’m not the only one who is more inclined to feel a little… let’s say amorous, after a hard training session.

And the benefits of THAT little side effect are obvious.

As much as I love running, I love weight training as well and the combination is a great one in terms of injury prevention as an endurance runner. I’m so excited about our April MOVE IT 6 week body blitz course (which involves 4 home workouts each week for arms, legs, full body and core & cardio plus a Facebook group for bragging and social support) and the chance to get to know new friends who are ready to enjoy some of the little added benefits of weight training, along with the more obvious ones. And because our training group is private, you can expect frank discussion of all the benefits of weight training and a whole lot more.

If you’d like to join our April program you can find out more right here.

I’m also running a pilot program for beginners, women who are returning to training after having a baby or anyone who has had an extended time away from physical activity. There are currently TWO SPACES left in this pilot program so if you’ve been wanting to MOVE IT but have felt like you would prefer a gentle introduction, please email and first in will be joining our little crew.

Are you ready to discover the benefits of being a lady who lifts?

Zoey Dowling

Written by: operationmove

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