I love lifting and feeling like a bad ass..........! I can see by taking my Group Power weight lifting class that I am getting so much stronger. so "Let's Make Muscles".........
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12,335 6/10/12 4:03 P
Archii - when my clients balk at heavy deadlifts, I ask them how heavy their children are and if they pick them up.
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18,662 6/10/12 2:13 P
I've become a big believer in the importance of lifting heavy. Unfortunately, there is still a serious fitness misconception amongst many educated women that lifting a heavy weight will cause them to get bulky. I'm trying to change this perception, but it has been slow going. Too many women really do believe that strength training will make them look like men. They don't think strength training is feminine.
While it's true some women do have a higher testosterone level than others, this isn't the norm. Most women can't get bulky lifting a heavy weight to fatigue. I can't even tell you how much work women body builders have to do to get that kind of physique. And yet, the myth prevails.
A while ago, I was teaching a class and a young college aged woman picked out some one pound weights to use. I asked her if she had an injury. She replied no. So, I asked her why she was using such light weights ? Her reply ? she didn't want to get bulky. That's when I went into my quickie lecture of how women don't pack on muscle the same way men do.
At a fitness conference I attended last year, I asked a master trainer "how do I convince women that it's okay to lift a heavier weight ?" Her reply was to ask these women how heavy their bags were. If they can lift their bag all day, then they can lift something heavier than 5 pounds. I had my class do that one day. I had them weigh the bags they carried. Many typically lugged around bags that weighed more than 10 pounds.
So, if you want a woman to try a heavier weight, get her to weigh her bag. If she can lift that, she can use a weight of equal or greater weight.
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12,335 6/10/12 12:41 P
yeah, it's hard to feel bad ass when lifting the 2 pound coloured dumbbells.
I like the 45 pound plates, Olympic barbells, 50-80 pound dumbbells, easily pressing the 12 kg kettlebell, swings with 16 kg+ bells.
Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 6/10/2012 (12:41)
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1,615 6/10/12 12:25 P
I've always enjoyed weight lifting and do feel "Bad Ass" when I've had a great workout. It's just a great feeling of true accomplishment. Keep the Faith.
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9,050 6/10/12 10:38 A
I love lifting heavy weights. That rolling burn that happens when you really challenge yourself? I LOVE that. It makes me feel so powerful... especially when my instructors and classmates comment on how much I'm lifting!
I subscribe to a lot of inspirational sites on Facebook (including Spark People of course!) and I love it when articles, success stories, etc pop up on my page. Today I read a great article from FBG (Fit Bottomed Girls) on lifting weights.. and I mean lifting HEAVY weights that was just great. Here is the link... Enloy! fitbottomedgirls.com/2011/06/why-heavy-wei ghts-are-the-bomb-diggity/
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