I think a lot of people aren’t sure what to make of women who lift weights.
Seeing a lady load up a bar with a good amount of iron can still generate a lot of attention at your average gym. At least at the 4 gyms I’ve trained at in the past 6 months, I know my workouts were always watched.
More and more, fortunately, it’s becoming normative, at least it seems, for women to strength train, which is aaaaamazing.
I think really there isn’t a wrong way to workout- I mean, barring anything unsafe. If you want to run a bunch, run. Yogi? Yay!
But I’m really excited that more women, including myself, are dialing in on the awesomeness of heavy lifting.
What I love about it is the focus on building up the body- where so often female fitness is about tearing it down.
As I’ve dived into the world of bodybuilding, however, I see that the sport is trying to redefine itself to be more informed by women’s goals, fitness needs, and tastes. I mean, most people I’ve talked to about bodybuilding think 1) it’s about getting giant and manly and 2) I must be just doing jump squats and using weights under 15lbs because I don’t look big and manly.
Not true! Bodybuilding does for the body what salt does for food- it accentuates it’s natural flavor 😉
Whether you want boulder sized muscles (after years and years of work…) or to be shapely fit and lean, lifting will help get you there.
I stumbled across this awesome manifesto regarding women and bodybuilding. Please go give it a read!
If you’re a bodybuilder, a fitness enthusiast or an insightful outsider, tell me, what do you think? What do you think about the emerging focus on strength training for women in the fitness industry?
Do you think you could embrace female bodybuilding?