Is “Lifting” Actually A Part Of My Life?

by TaylorR

Remember when I talked a lot about this sort of stuff?

This was just taken for fun a few weeks ago, which is why so short and no editing.
 

And less about this sort of stuff?

I’ve been blogging for quite awhile now, and as my life changes so does the blog.

Let’s Look At My Fitness Over The Years:

figure-excalibur

4 years ago I was into figure competitions and had dreams of being on the cover of Oxygen Magazine.

strong woman

That’s a determined face! 

Then 2 years ago, I was all about strength. It didn’t matter how small or big I was, I could be strong. My workouts reflected this change in goals then as I trained for a strong women contest.

I can’t believe how much I used to be able to squat and bench!

running

Then 1 year ago, my fitness passion changed again. This time taking a 180-degree change from heavy lifting to running. I get a rush each time I walk into a race coral and love the energy and the feeling of achievement every time I cross a finish line.

I have to admit my favorite races where/are the ones where I could combine my love of lifting with my enthusiasm for running: obstacle courses. Unfortunately there aren’t many of them around, and those that do roll into town are quite expensive, limiting my enrollment to 1-2/year… which also means I spend a lot of time just: running.

Why I am telling you all this? 

Because I realized this past week that there has been a lot of running chat on Lifting Revolution, and let’s face it the blog is called LIFTING Revolution; not Running Revolution.

up-down-hellraisers

I haven’t done this on purpose, I share on the blog what is going on in my life real time and what I feel is important.

Let me make this clear though, I haven’t given up on my strength training at all. I just don’t talk about it as often. I added in running without taking away what made me passionate about fitness in the first place.

I also think that after writing posts and articles about strength training for so long, I subconsciously decided to take a breather. I lost some motivation.

But guess what folks!?

That motivation is back. Yes, running is important to me and I’ll still share some running tips (hello, Palmetto70 is approaching fast), but I feel that you deserve more, more of what I am about.

I have some great topics in mind that I want to cover, however… I want to hear from you!

What do you prefer: Strength training talk/advice or running talk?

I hope to find a happy medium very soon, as my life is an equal combination of both.

But I want to know what you want! After all, I write this blog for you and you deserve the best that I have to give!

Thanks for being a LR Reader!

Wew, now that I got that off my chest let me tell you about yesterday!

New Friends = Fun Fitness

Of course it started off as Saturdays normally do… yelling back and forth at Nike as she meows to wake us up.

black cat yawning

Once she won the battle, I headed out the door for my morning run. But this time it was different and so much better! I met up with another young, Charleston blogger/writter: Katie.

Katie and I had been chatting back and forth over Twitter until finally I had had enough and decided we had to get together. What better way for two fitness lovers to officially meet then over a run.

We had a great time and the miles passed by quickly. I love meeting others who share the same passions as me! There were no awkward moments, and we chatting from start to finish.

downtown charleston running

This girl is fast, and we both of goals of working on our short distance speeds so I have a feeling that there will be many more runs to come in the future!

Of course once the run was over… I ran a total of 7.5 miles, I celebrated with a almond milk latte.

Thanks Katie! Follow her on twitter! @DontHateTheKate

 

  • Rebecca

    I like both, but I’ve been working out and thinking about taking it to the next level and maybe training for a bikini competition. I need all the motivation, help and advice I can get! :)

    • http://www.theartofweightlifting.com TaylorR

      That’s exciting! Good luck, it’s definitely a huge feeling of accomplishment when you see your body transform.

  • Mollie K

    I love your blog! I prefer strength training just because I don’t know as much about it and in just 2 weeks, I am done working with my trainer (its the first time I have been lifting heavy and going out of my comfort zone and i LOVE it) and I am so nervous to be on my own in the gym without him!! I need some support from the blog world to make up for not having a trainer anymore haha!

    • http://www.theartofweightlifting.com TaylorR

      Congrats on stepping out of your comfort zone! You will do great, and I will help motivate in whatever ways I can! If you have specific topics you would like me to touch on please let me know!

  • Steph

    I used to be a runner & now I enjoy lifting & intervals I still enjoy your posts & videos but maybe you could post more lifting info! Love your site either way

    • http://www.theartofweightlifting.com TaylorR

      Thanks Steph! I can’t wait to give more. Intervals will be worked in more often as well.

  • Bess Brown

    I’m more about the strength training. I’m 57 years old and don’t get a lot of advice from my gym so I look to you for a lot of things.

    • http://www.theartofweightlifting.com TaylorR

      Thanks Bess!

  • http://fitnessmoejo.blogspot.com Moe

    Our fitness backgrounds are very similar! I started off lifting early (high school), then got into running. After running the Boston marathon in 2010, I switched gears back to lifting and competed in a couple of bikini comps. Currently training for a possible strong man comp BUT also itching to get back to running.

    I think a combo of strength training and running advice is great but keeping more emphasis on lifting :)

    I just discovered your blog and look forward to future posts!

    • http://www.theartofweightlifting.com TaylorR

      We do seem similar. Strong man was so much fun! I am thinking about doing one again as well.

  • Cammie

    I’d love to see more about how you combine strength training AND running! I’ve run 4 marathons in the last 4 years and gained weight, lost strength each training cycle. I’m currently on a hiatus from distance running and focusing on lifting weights. But I’m itching to get back to running. I charged my Garmin yesterday, so you know I’m going to lace up soon. I’ve got my eye on either the Dallas Marathon or the Memphis St. Jude in December. How do I maintain my lean muscle strength and run? How do you do it?

    I love your blog and facebook posts.

    • http://www.theartofweightlifting.com TaylorR

      Wow Cammie! You are incredible! TO be honest< I have never trained for a full marathon however, in my half training I learned a lot about keeping up with my strength training which I can definitely share!

  • http://www.itzyskitchen.com Erica

    I like hearing about both! You need cardio, you need strength, and you need stretch to balance it all out! Talk about what you feel passionate about! We’ll be here to read! Glad the run rocked!

    • http://www.theartofweightlifting.com TaylorR

      Thanks Erica! You’re so right, you need the balance of everything for the best life!

  • Cassie

    I love your blog how it is but adding more strength training would be great. I have always said I don’t like running and don’t train to run races but you are the one who reminded me strength training in boot camp is training for running… And it shows in the results of the races I have completed. (side note: I tried to play first video & it said private video).

    • http://www.theartofweightlifting.com TaylorR

      Thanks Cassie! I’ll fix the video now.

  • http://www.heritagehomeplace.blogspot.com Dee

    I am a 54 year old mother and grandmother. I am for the first time learning about strength training with weights. I joined our local gym and have a trainer. I found your blog and love it! I am learning so much. I never thought I would even like weight training, but I truly adore it! It’s hard, but I keep pushing on! I am not a runner, but maybe I will push that as well one day.

    • http://www.theartofweightlifting.com TaylorR

      That’s awesome that you’re taking such great steps to upping your fitness. Good for you! And yes you never know, you might not be a runner today, but who knows what will happen tomorrow!

  • Holly

    First off, I love your blog! What initially drew to me to read your blog regularly is all the information on strength training for women. I feel like there are a lot of sites for men who strength train, but not a lot of them tailored to women and let’s be honest, there are some big differences when it comes to weight training! I also love running so that’s a great component too. I have no doubt you will strike the perfect balance! But, I do think your knowledge of strength training is what makes your blog stand out above the rest!

    Although I’m not looking to do a bikini contest, I have a wedding in 9 months and want that beautiful back and arms that every bride wants! I wish I felt more comfortable in a tank top even. I know you can’t target fat loss to an area, but if I could, it would be my arms! Perhaps there is an idea for a future blog post? ;-)

  • Lyn

    I am not a runner (and, at age almost-40, I have no plans to become one – I like my knees/joints the way they are (pain-free!)) so I much prefer your strength training posts. I also think that there is a lot of running info out there and it need not be gender-specific (at least I don’t think it needs to be?) but there is not nearly enough FEMALE weight lifting info around so your blog fills that need. But, either way, I enjoy reading what you have to say. Thanks for your work on this great blog!!

  • KarenG

    Hi, I Just discovered your blog and really like it. I run and lift weights though run more. Recently I injured myself and am looking for things to change up and add variety to my fitness routine. I tried two of your video workouts this weekend and could hardly walk this morning ! Felt so great to add something new my routine and be a bit sore. I know my body was challenged ! So short answer is both ! And can’t wait to try another tabata workout !

    • http://www.theartofweightlifting.com TaylorR

      Sorry about the injury but I am glad to hear that you’re not letting it stop you! Great job on the workout, sounds like you pushed yourself!

  • http://katiehurstportfolio.wordpress.com/ Katie

    Thanks for the shout out! And I loved our run last weekend, too! It’s so nice to have someone to chat with on runs, especially when we have so much in common. We definitely need to do it again soon. Maybe we should do a track session so we can both work on our 5k goal!

    And as for the running/lifting question…you know I love run talk! But since strength training is new to me, I always love getting tips and encouragement on that too. I’m sure you’ll find a happy balance.

    • http://www.theartofweightlifting.com TaylorR

      Let me know when you’re up for a sprint session! That’s a great idea. I think we can use the track at the WA high school, if not the one behind Whole Foods for sure.

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