You know how I feel about strength training…women should lift and they should lift heavy…no pink dumbbells! So when I saw this last week I knew it would be something to share with all of you. Hope you like it as much as I did. This comes from a UK site called Gubernatrix, the Joy of Strength Training. (Gubernatrix you say? I had to look it up too…”a female ruler.” So much for my four years at the University of Michigan.)
10 Good Reasons Women Should Stay Away From Weights
1. You might break a nail.
2. You could even bruise a male ego or two.
3. You’ll eat properly and still be able to lose fat. Work of the devil!
4. You’ll look more like an athlete and less like a runway model. Skeletal is sexy, right?
5. You’ll be able to lift heavy things without asking a man for help, thus upsetting the balance of the universe.
6. You will be seen in public without high heels.
7. You’ll grunt, sweat and feel sore. So unladylike!
8. You’ll be proud of your pert bum instead of being self conscious about it like a normal woman.
9. You’ll be more active and confident instead of sitting around looking pretty. What are you, some kind of feminist?
10. You’ll be stronger, leaner and sexier – and we all know where that can lead!
And while we are on the subject of women and weights, a short rant. I was doing a google search for an image and this popped up and it just made me mad. I am not a fan of Jillian Michaels anyway, but this just proves she will put her name on anything. This is a set of “Jillian Michaels” dumbbells. What is wrong? It contains a set of 3, 5 and 8 lb dumbbells. Seriously? Three pounds?! How much do you think that bag of groceries (or two bags more likely) that you’re schlepping into the house weighs? What about that kid you’re picking up and walking up the stairs with? What about that piece of furniture you have to move to get the dog toy out from underneath it? Why do we continue to tell women that all we need to do to get strong and develop some actual muscles is to pick up dumbbells no heavier than 8 lbs? Pisses me off.
And while I’m on the subject, here’s another one. I saw this while I was standing in line to buy a book at Barnes & Noble the other day. The DVD advertises a “28 Day Bootcamp with Coach Nicole: Cardio and Strength.” What is “Coach Nicole” holding in her hands? How heavy do you think those babies are? I’m guessing those are 3 lb dumbbells. And while I’m being critical, I’m going to comment on “Coach Nicole’s” arms…I call those “skinny fat” arms. Skinny fat is, unfortunately what too many women aspire to (in my opinion). Her arms are “skinny” but they have no muscle…just fat. This is not what I want women to aspire to. I know we all have our own ideas about what the ideal female body looks like, and if you don’t want to look as muscular as the woman pictured above, I can live with that (although I think she looks amazing). But please, please aspire to have some muscle and some definition to your body. Skinny fat is all you’re going to get with 3 lb dumbbells, trust me.
Just to leave you with something positive, hopefully some inspiration, I am including a video of Neghar Fonooni participating in a challenge. The challenge called for 3 exercises to be performed with a barbell load equal to your bodyweight: front squats, Romanian deadlifts and bench hip thrusts, one exercise with a barbell load equal to half your bodyweight (for the women): incline bench press, and one exercise using just bodyweight: chin-ups. Maximum reps for each exercise, all 5 exercises had to be completed within an hour. Here’s Neghar’s entry. She could probably knock Coach Nicole over with one finger. Now go out there and lift something heavy.