Midweek Motivation | Graduating to the squat rack

Now that I’ve been working out consistently for 9 months now I’ve began to notice some progress in the weights I’ve been lifting. I’ve tried to progress my upper body weights slowly and most use lighter weights/more reps for this part of my body because I’m conscious of becoming too stacked in my arms and shoulders.

In terms of my lower body though I am constantly trying to up the weights which I squat to continue to tighten and build muscle mass on my butt! Booty gains is what it’s about.

So recently, the barbells I’ve been using o squat have become too heavy for me to actually lift above my head without help. It’s time to venture into the free weights area and stack up the squat rack. I’ve always  intimidated and ‘out of place’ as a female in the free weights area, so Paul showed me how to work it initially, but it’s essentially very simple. It allows you to safely squat weight levels which would be otherwise too heavy for you to lift.

A few tips for women thinking of using this kit:

  1. You are strong.  DO NOT feel intimidated by the meathead guys in the free weights section. If your gym is anything like mine it’s a male dominated environment and they may look at you like, ‘what you doing on our squat rack?!’ You have as much right to use it as they do.
  2. There is NO minimum weight which ‘allows you’ to use the rack. When you first start you may be putting baby weights on the bar, or even no weights (as the bar weights 20kgs normally). This is fine, you don’t have to squat 100kgs to be ‘worthy’ of the squat rack. Build up slowly.
  3. On the subject of slowly; take your time. Don’t get flustered and end up rushing and hurting yourself.
  4. Give it a go!! Why not?

Do you use the free weights section?


  1. lovejennyxo October 5, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    squatting is the only thing that keeps this booty aliveeee lol I guess i should step it up and try it with some weights next time!

    xo, JJ

    • Jessica Emily October 5, 2016 / 6:36 pm

      Yeah! Even with small weights you’ll notice a difference ! Xx

  2. lifeaslois October 10, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    I have always been too scared to use the squat rack at the gym. I had to only use it when my family friend was working on the day I went to motivate me! I love the motivation you give in this post! I need to learn to be more confident xo

    • Jessica Emily October 10, 2016 / 7:09 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment! I know it is super scary but you have just as much right to use it as someone who squats 200kg!!!!! Good luck ☺️ x

  3. apageofme02 October 10, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    your workout gear is on point! i love it 🙂 this is such good motivation for me! Xxx

    • Jessica Emily October 10, 2016 / 7:34 pm

      THANK YOU I frigging love workout gear it’s my favourite type of fashion 😂😂 thanks for reading xx

      • apageofme02 October 10, 2016 / 7:35 pm

        haha oh same, i’ve just made a massive workout gear order! you’re welcome, I’m just binge reading your blog now!😂😂 xx

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