I know how important strength training is, especially for women. It strengthens your bones, helps prevent osteoporosis, and if you're looking to lose those last few pounds this is what's really going to do it. I used to struggle so much to figure out what I should be doing, with what amount of weight. I was always afraid of looking foolish in front of other people who were lifting.
Then I came across Activtrax. My gym had some advertisements for a free month of Activtrax (normally $9.95 per month) so I thought I would try it out. This is one of the best things I've ever done. If you have a gym membership you can go to their website (www.activtrax.com) and search by zip code you can see which gyms in your area they are linked to.
Once you sign up and choose your home gym you go do a strength test (they'll tell you how) and after that they create customized strength training workouts for you that are so easy to follow. You can also choose what areas you want to focus on and what you want the results to be.
Basically, all of the equipment at the gym is numbered. Your workout will tell you which piece of equipment to go to, how much weight to put on, how many reps and sets to do, and how much time you should rest in between.
It has taken all the guess work out of my workout and I now look forward to lifting weights!