What do you think of when you hear that someone is strong?

What do you think of when you hear that someone is strong?

They need to be in the gym 7 days a week lifting heavy weights, have bulging muscles, even walk around with imaginary watermelons under their arms?

What about a mum of three who trains twice a week, juggles work, family, and social commitments. Could they be considered strong?

Susan continues to go from strength to strength and being able to perform a pull up was a major achievement, until COVID hit. Even though Susan continued to train virtually, a pull up bar wasn’t accessible (I tried to have one installed in the backyard but I wasn’t convincing enough).

When we returned to the studio we jumped back into pull ups right away. Within 10 weeks Susan was completing multiple sets of unassisted pull ups and as a warm up now performs 5 pull ups before we add weight.

Being able to pull yourself up is an achievement in itself, adding weight shows determination to build on the strength you have and keep moving forward. What is even better is that Susan noticed clothes that weren’t feeling that great after being in lockdown are now a perfect fit, debunking the myth that lifting weights makes you bulky.

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