My Strength Training Journey

Confession…three years ago, I committed to my own strength training habit after m-a-n-y failed attempts. I know that sounds hard to believe, especially since I talk about how important strength work is on the regular, design strength programs for my mother runner clients, and lift 2-3 times per week myself. But, it wasn’t always this way.

I’ll let you in on a BIG secret. Before three years ago, I knew how to help people overcome injuries and do rehab exercises, but knew n-o-t-h-i-n-g about formal strength training. Those are two very different things.

Spoiler Alert: We aren’t taught strength training in PT school. We’re taught how to get someone out of pain and instruct them on rehab exercises and then that’s where most PTs are told to make their exit. At that point, we’re no longer “medically necessary” according to insurance, so patients are often told to keep on keeping on, and gradually ease back into things without guided support.

So not ok!

I share this to say that strength training was intimidating for me until three years ago because I had never learned, nor expected my patients to express interest in wanting to learn…until they did! My patients started asking if I would help them develop their own strength training routines to do after graduating from PT.

I felt honored they wanted my help and saw that value in continuing their strength work. I also felt embarrassed that I didn’t know “enough” about strength training or even have my own routine established. How could I help them if I didn’t know how to help myself? Could everyone else see the HUGE imposter syndrome billboard I felt living across my forehead?

I decided to ask for help (also super uncomfortable) from a personal trainer locally, asking if they would help coach me. I shared why I wanted to learn about strength work, and they shared they felt intimidated to coach me with my PT background. So I asked if we could learn from each other – I will forever be grateful they said yes. This helped me grow tremendously!

Asking for help doesn’t make you any less capable. In fact, it makes you stronger ?