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Ladies who lift – Janine

POSTED Wednesday 8 March 2017

In celebration of International Women’s day, throughout this week, we’ll be talking to women from different areas of sport and fitness in our #ladieswho series.

Today’s series is on #LadiesWhoLift. We talk to three amazing women who have fallen in love with weightlifting and find what sparks their passion, keeps them motivated and how they got into this predominantly male discipline.

This is Janine’s story:


Janine Keeping




Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer/Class Instructor

How did you get into lifting?

I was in the Armed Forces for 24 years and part of that process was passing a fitness test twice annually; so I have always maintained my fitness, but my main passion was running. Although I was nice and slim from running, and I did not have much strength, and I really wanted my body to be more defined.

I won’t lie I was a little bit nervous going into the weights room for the first time; I always found it quite intimidating as it’s normally full of grunting men and not many women. But I persevered and saw amazing results after only a few weeks, which in turn made me much more confident and motivated to carry on. There is a real sense of satisfaction in lifting more than I weigh which I’ve never got from any sort of cardiovascular training.

Weight training is a way of life for me now and I love it, much more than running. The only cardiovascular training I do now is 20 minutes of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) four days a week. I now have a different perspective on life as I feel empowered, strong, and much more confident. I can honestly say that I am in the best shape of my life and that is all down to lifting weights.

Favourite move or PB?

My favourite move would have to be the deadlift of which my current PB is 100kg! Being able to actually pick that up off the ground is a great feeling.

I think just generally realising how strong I am and how much I can lift is very encouraging. It makes me feel really good.

Tips for new lifters

Since I have been working as a Personal Trainer I have found that one of the main reasons women are scared about lifting weights is the worry about getting big muscles and looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger! This will never happen because women only typically have 10% of the testosterone that men have and testosterone is the primary muscle building hormone.

Lifting weights increases your metabolic rate, for every pound of lean muscle mass you gain you burn an extra 50 calories per day FACT. What woman doesn’t want that?

So my advice to you would be don’t shy away from this style of training because this is what will get you the best results, not only that, it will also boost your stamina, energy levels, give you stronger bones, tendons, and more support and stability for your joints; which means less injuries.

If you need any further advice please speak to one of the gym staff team who are always happy to help.

In the meantime, you can book onto the daily women’s weight training classes held at the Munrow Sports Centre

Start lifting weights in the gym with confidence!

Read more in #ladieswholift series:

Jess’s story

Tamara’s story

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