Other Interests
dansing Designs
dansing Arts Store*
Holistic Fitness

Privacy Policy
Site Map

View Old Guestbook*
Contact Donna
Make a Donation

Other Websites
My First:
Donna's Journeys*
My For Fun:
Fae Songbird's Faerie Garden*


*Opens in New Window
Vegan Woman

Weight Training / Body Building
& Aerobic Dance
by Donna Rose Stewart

Weight Training / Body Building

In my early twenties, I pulled muscles in my upper back. I was in so much pain that I could not get up or down by myself for two weeks. The doctor told me to "never lift another grocery bag!" (I had not hurt myself by lifting grocery bags, but this was his way of saying for me to never lift ANYTHING ever again.) How ridiculous was this!? No way was I going to live my life like that! I waited until enough healing had taken place and I bought a set of barbells and dumbbells, along with some weight training books.

I began working out with an empty bar while following directions from my new books (I do not recommend that you "try this at home," as you could get hurt. I have always been able to learn correct form, technique, etc. from books; but most people need to learn these things from a qualified instructor.) As I grew stronger, I gradually increased the amount of weight that I was using, and my back felt better and better. Over the next months I found that as long as I weight trained, my back did not hurt; but if I slacked off for any length of time, my back would hurt again.

Then I began noticing other fringe benefits to this new training program. My body was taking on a new, more balanced and symmetrical shape. Not only did I look better, but I became more extroverted and more expressive as well (which I needed as a vocal performance major!). I was enjoying myself, life and people more. This was a win-win-win experience! I suppose hurting my back was one of those "blessings in disguise" that I'd always heard about.

Years later (as my life had not turned out the way that I'd expected), I found myself in Santa Monica, California working as an instructor in the very first Jack LaLanne ever built. From there, I went to New York and managed a gym. I taught some of the very first Aerobic Dance classes and got into body building. Of course, body building (for women) today is not what it was then. Then, it was about being healthy, strong, muscular, flexible, refined, and looking like a WOMAN.

On behalf of my boyfriend at the time, I moved back to my hometown for a few years, where I opened and ran my own aerobic dance studio called "Donna's Body Shop." It was very successful, and the members had a lot of fun while getting into shape. As the relationship with my boyfriend drew to a close, I moved to another city where I continued teaching aerobic dance for a few more years. I, also, joined a local health club, where I continued to body build and dance.

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body."
I Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)

However, as the years wore on, I got away from working out. I kept promising myself that I'd get back to it, but "life" just kept getting in the way. And guess what happened!?... In March of 2001, I fell down a flight of stairs and injured my LOWER back! I was in so much pain that I couldn't lift my legs to walk (except shuffling like a very old &/or extremely unhealthy person)! So, with many visits to the chiropractor, and (again) after healing enough, it was back to lifting weights and getting strong.

And now, I hope and pray that I've learned enough to never stop taking care of myself by taking care of my body, which is my vessel through this life....

*P.S. I want to add that along with weight training, I have always stretched a lot. It is very important to be flexible, as well as strong!


Copyright © 2000-2007
Donna Rose Stewart, All Rights Reserved


Home :: Intro :: Teacher :: Singer :: Dancer :: Journaler :: Christian :: Profile :: dansing Designs :: dansing Arts Store :: dansing Holistic Fitness :: Awards :: Memberships :: Gifts :: WebRings :: Links :: Privacy Policy :: Site Map :: Blog* :: Guestbook* :: Contact :: Donate :: Donna's Journeys* :: Fae Songbird's Faerie Garden*

Valid HTML 4.01!