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?

Woohoo it’s Wednesday and so far I have smashed out a gym session every morning this week before work! Feeling motivated, fit and fab.

Something that was high on my priority list when I started my body transformation, and I think a high on many girls lists, was to build a solid booty. Booty gains. It’s what we all want. It’s what we all squat for.

And I’m pleased to report, a la photo above, my butt building is coming on nicely! I’m definitely starting to notice a difference in shape and also strength in my glutes when I work out.

On the Alex Crockford she fit plan (the programme I have been following) there is one ‘booty firmer’ day per week so I work it hard but only once a week to give it time to recover! These workout days often leave me walking with jelly legs for days! But it’s definitely working 🙂

xox