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Why do I lift weights? | Eight Polar Ambassadors share their answer

To some, the free weight section of the gym is intimidating. To others, it’s home. Here’s why eight Polar ambassadors love lifting heavy and getting strong.

“Weightlifting has been one of the best things to ever happen to me. I love the way it helps sculpt my body, and when I leave the gym, I feel like I can conquer anything. I’m physically and mentally stronger since I started lifting weights. The free weight section can be intimidating at first, but give it a chance – I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of my closest friends while lifting at the gym.” Tamara Hunter, Polar A370 user from Plano, TX

“As a trainer, I love empowering other people to feel powerful, unstoppable, and strong through weightlifting and strength training. My pregnancy has been wonderful these past eight months, and I know that continuing to stay fit through those elements of exercise has definitely made this pregnancy so enjoyable.” Alina Stricker, Polar M600 user from Orlando, FL

“Strength training gives me a different feeling of accomplishment. It’s the immediate gratification and the long-term growth forged in iron and displayed through sweat. Knowing there is a finite beginning, middle, and end in sight gives me the ability to hyper focus. And in a group setting, strength training brings everyone together, working toward a common goal.” Christopher McCaffrey, Polar V800 and Polar M430 user from Jacksonville, FL

“Weightlifting has given me confidence I didn’t know I had. It makes me feel powerful and strong – and happy!” Katie Bolden, Polar M400 user from Joliet, IL

“Besides completely transforming my body in a way cardiovascular training alone couldn’t accomplish, weight training has given me a sense of body confidence I never had. I have curves where I want them, and a shape I had only dreamed of in the past. When I focused on being strong, not skinny, everything else fell into place.” Adina Puleo, Polar M600 user from the Bronx, NY

“Over the course of my weight-loss and fitness journey, I lost 130 pounds – and gained a love for lifting weights. As I began adding heavier weights to my workouts, I learned just how empowered they made me feel. Losing weight was great, but learning to focus on what my body was capable of and watching my overall strength increase was – and continues to be – amazing. Nothing can make a gal feel like she can take on the world (and a huge working mom to-do list) than feeling physically strong.” Amanda Fraijo-Tobin, Polar A370 user from Louisville, KY

“I love weightlifting now – but I can’t say I always have, and that’s because of a simple lack of knowledge. I had the common fear that many women have: I didn’t want to get bulk from lifting a bunch of weights. But what I learned is that strength training allows you to tone your body, and the more muscle you have, the more fat you burn. It also helped me release my obsession with the scale. Now, I focus on my clothes, pictures, and other non-scale victories to stay motivated. I love the amount of muscle I have, and now lifting is my favorite.” Donesha Bolden, Polar A370 user from Atlanta, GA

“There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to being ‘in shape,’ and it takes months, even years, of dedication to see long-term changes. I find strength and empowerment from lifting weights, and I love the rigidity and routine of it. It keeps me on track to be a better person, inside and outside the gym.” Nikki Giacara, Polar M400 user from Miami Beach, FL

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Please note that the information provided in the Polar Blog articles cannot replace individual advice from health professionals. Please consult your physician before starting a new fitness program.

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