Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Women and Strength



Love seeing stories like this.  Females (of any age), realizing what they are capable of.  It's a very empowering thing!

Watch the video of 13 Year Old, Abbey's Weightlifting success here... 

And as you can see with our GTS lifters, and Abbey. Strength and Muscle Size isn't necessarily mutually exclusive.   Strength requires a unique combination of technique and nervous system recruitment that teaches your entire body to fire at once to accomplish a task.

As her trainer mentions in the video, he suspects one of the key elements to her success is the fact that she hasn't been told for decades that she's limited.  I have adult women that come in weekly with the fear of getting too big and bulky from lifting weights let alone heavy weights.  They've been conditioned for years that lifting weights will give you abnormally gross, huge muscles.

I have news for you, you have to put a LOT of energy, focus, nutrition, and years of training to get that way (without pharmaceutical supplementation) and the large majority of people just lack the genetic make up to even get "big".  Don't let the freak shows of the world scare you away from the weight room.

Although training for aesthetics (whether it be "toning" or building muscle) is usually what draws people to lifting weights in the first place. I've found training for strength to be much more rewarding for myself and a large majority of my clients.  Why?...
  • It's empowering for men, women and children to be able to lift more weight month after month.
  • Learning proper mechanics/leverages will keep your joints healthy and reduce risk of injury. 
  • Improvements are incremental and objective.
  • It builds confidence in all aspects of your life.
  • It improves your hormonal function.
  • Reduces stress. 
  • You'll see carry over to your sport or everyday life.
  • And of course, if you manage your nutrition appropriately, the body composition improvements is an enjoyable benefit.  The strength movements will aid in building dense, longer lasting, useful muscle, and promote fat loss.  

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