Welcome back for Part 2 of this beginner barbell guide! If you missed Part 1, read that first as it covers the basics of equipment and etiquette. And remember that while you may think you’re the only one in the gym who doesn’t know the basics, I promise you that you’re not. Even some of the people using them regularly don’t actually know the basics. My goal is to make sure that you’re not one of them. We covered points 1-6 in the first guide, so let’s pick right up where we left off … Getting Started 7. Stick with…

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It’s no secret that I’m on a mission to get as many women as possible picking up barbells. It doesn’t matter what your fitness goals are; barbells are excellent tools to add to your arsenal. But as someone who used to be super intimidated by barbells, I get that, for many women, there are some significant barriers — most of which boil down to a lack of readily available knowledge about the logistics of using them. However, that’s an obstacle I feel confident we can overcome. So, let’s talk about the things you should know about barbells. My hope is that…

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The top floor of my gym is mostly just a line of lifting platforms and barbells — and this is where I spend most of my time when I’m there. There isn’t much in this world that makes me feel more badass than lifting a heavy barbell. Something about it just feels like home to me. But I’ve also been writing online strength training programs for women for a few years now and even after all this time, it’s still shocking to me how many women avoid picking up barbells. This phenomenon is further reflected in the fact that when…

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