There are some things they don’t tell you about the weight lifting/training lifestyle. Especially for us women (these things happen to men also!). There are things I wish I would have known when I started my strength training journey. Luckily for you, I already experienced the things you won’t think of when you start training. Even when your not a newbie to training these subjects it can be helpful for you to know!
1. You can throw away all your clothes, every season.
When you start to change your training and nutrition, your body will change too (if you’re doing it right LOL). Which means that your clothes won’t fit you anymore after a while. They will either be too small (WELL HELLO LATS!) or too big (Bye bye bodyfat). And that’s not a one time occasion. During the year your body will keep changing. If you like shopping then this is awesome news for you. If not, my advice is to buy clothes that will fit you in any occasion and that will grow with your body, like hoodies, tank tops, leggings, etc.
2. You will sweat. A LOT.
When you think you will only have a sweat session at the gym, think again. After a while of conscious training, you will start to burn more during the day. And that amazing burn will cause sweat. When you do a little sprint to the car; SWEAT. Cleaning the house? SWEAT. You will burn faster and more, which is a great thing of course. But be prepared to be sweating a lot more (and that’s perfectly fine). I use a special lotion called Odorex Extra Dry. This lotion suppresses excessive perspiration in a responsible manner.
3. If you’re lucky, you will look like a 16-year old within a few weeks/months.
Because say hello to ACNE. This is one of the hardest things for me, but no worries I got you girl with skincare tips in the gym right here. I have had acne myself for a while now and first of all, it SUCKS. It’s a bloody punch in my self-esteem, I can tell you that. But other than that; please know that there is NOTHING to be ashamed of! Many women (and men) who train regularly suffer from acne.
4. Say goodbye to great hair days
When you workout 5/6/7 times a week, your hair will get greasy and nasty because of all the sweating. Dry shampoo is your new friend!
5. Your tattoos will shift position
They do WHAT? The change position. No, it’s not magic. I have a cross tattoo on the back of my upper arm. When I got the tattoo 3 years ago, it was perfectly fitting in the middle of my arm. When I was doing a shameless arm check a few weeks ago, I suddenly realized my tattoo had moved to the side of my arm. Because BOOM GUESS WHAT my bicep and tricep pushed it out of the middle. It probably won’t happen to every tattoo because my tattoo has a very specific placement. But be aware that they can move a bit more because your muscles will grow.
Still wanna lift weights, huh? Just kidding. You will get used to things like this, it’s just a part of the fitness lifestyle. And these things don’t count for everyone. Maybe you will experience none of the above, all of them, or other things they didn’t tell you when you started your lifting journey. Don’t hesitate to share these things in the comments below, I would LOVE to know!