Aging is a gradual process. We feel great one day and then gradually we start feeling changes in our bodies. We lose 1% muscle mass every year after we turn 30. That adds up very quickly. Strength training can be incredibly beneficial in boosting energy levels improving bone health, building muscle, helping with perimenopause symptoms, and you get leaner. The confidence you gain from a regular strength training routine is undeniable.
Making mindful choices today can help ensure better health and vitality in the coming years. Strength training can be an important part of your overall wellness plan, helping to build muscles, maintain balance and increase bone density. Part of being in control is recognizing that you have a choice; you can choose to make physical activity a regular part of your routine and give yourself the gift of health for now and later.
Tina Tang, a fitness trainer who focuses on strength training for women over 40, is here to tell us why women over 40 should start strength training and the best way to do it. She’s even created a 7-day beginners’ strength training challenge starting February 6, 2023 so you can take your first step towards becoming stronger! Invite your friends along and make it an enjoyable experience for everyone. It’s free, and all you’ve to do is sign up at getstrongover40.com/challenge, but for now, listen in to the conversation with Tina.
Let’s jump in!
Snapshot of the Key Points from the Episode:
[02:33] Key signs of aging that you may not see as a regular person.
[06:07] Maintaining muscles Vs. building muscles as we age. How much strength training do you need, and where to get started?
[11:29] The milestones to look for if you just started strength training.
[15:04] How to know what weight to start lifting?
[16:46] Tina’s inspiration behind the 12-week Beginner’s Strength Training Program.
[20:16] Why do most women fear incorporating strength training into their lives? Why do some women feel heavier after consistent strength training?
About Tina Tang –
Coach Tina is a Fit at 50 coach, creator of the 4S Formula to help mid-life women get stronger & leaner, and Founder of Iron Strong Fitness. Through her one on one coaching and online group fitness classes, she trains women over 40 and teaches them how to take control of their bodies by getting stronger and training consistently.
Tina got into fitness super late…age 42! Before that, she was a Wall Street trader, jewelry designer/business owner. At age 40, she went through some unplanned life changes — a difficult divorce and the post financial crisis economy that pushed her to close her jewelry stores.
During that crappy time and for the first time in her life, she turned to working out as her dependable constant. She was going to the gym and taking strength group fitness classes. That was her FIRST foray into strength training.
Since starting as a trainer at the age of 42, she has coached over 3,700 sessions, trained herself to her first pull-up to hit a personal record of 14 pull ups (at the age of 49!), and passed a grueling kettlebell coach exam where she snatched (exercise that brings a kettlebell from between the legs to overhead) 36 lbs 100 times within 5 minutes! Strength is her jam.
Her proudest achievements include coaching some of her female clients to their first pull ups and competing in their first powerlifting competitions. She has a deep understanding of the needs and physical experiences of middle aged women.
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