Weight Lifting and Females

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Now, more than ever our lives are pulled in so many directions. Its hard to find time to make a difference in our own lives, let alone someone else’s. Work, or lack of work, stress, school, money, family, friends, commitments, responsibilities, and all those things that make up our daily lives take up most of our time.  We find ourselves saying “I would do that if I didn’t have <<insert excuse here>>” as reason why we just dont have time to get in shape, or to change the lackluster training routine that we are in now. Getting healthy is sometimes the hardest choice for people to make.

As if things couldn’t get any harder…. Now  lets add being a woman to the mix. Lets face it, fitness and exercise is still a mans world. I will speak for myself just so you understand. Last time I watched a triathlon there were 5 women compared to 33 men and when I used to go to the regular gym there would maybe be 2-3 women lifting weights. There are some exceptions to the rule (yoga, aerobics, etc.) but I know how you feel when you walk into the gym with the plan to lift some weights and do some leg extensions but end up on the tread mill because there were too many guys in the weight area and you didn’t feel like looking like a dork. Those machines are the comfort zone for most women as well as a crutch. Machines, as you will find out, are so inferior to using and moving your own bodyweight through space. Balance, coordination, agility, accuracy are all skills improved through calisthenics and using free weights. In addition most women find working out with weights by themselves daunting. Before I found CrossFit I would read about a wokout routine in SHAPE and then do it for weeks and weeks at the gym until it became ineffective and boring.

Conventional Wisdom has somehow drilled into our heads the silly notion that men and women are completely different species, especially when it comes to working out. There are definite differences – anyone who’s been in a relationship will be able to tell you that! – but that doesn’t take away from the fact that we’re all homo sapiens with the same basic physiological makeup. And so an outfit like Weight Watchers will push the chronic cardio (60+ minutes of straight cardio), the ankle weights, and the step classes because of some underlying assumption that women aren’t “meant” to lift heavy weights. It’s insane. Men and women have different work capacities and different natural inclinations, but their bodies still work the same way.

Like I said, this is coming from my own personal experience.  As a 5’1″ petite woman, the idea of lifting weights scared me to death.  I thought I would bulk up and end up looking like a man.  What I experienced was something extraordinary.  I went from a size 26/27 to a size 23. I dropped 15 pounds and have never felt better about myself. Mind you this was all in 2 months time.  So before you knock the weight room, give it a try.  Crossfit is one of the best fitness programs I have found, try it for yourself: http://bit.ly/oWBRHz

 

-Andria Kern, Social Media Guru

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  1. Fitness is a relevant term and relates to the activity you want to apply yourself to but realise that it is different to good health! Of course, a properly devised fitness routine and sensible, healthy eating can lead to better health.

    How we apply ourselves to a fitness regime is very personal but one thing is essential and that is MOTIVATION. Decide what it is that motivates you and you will stick at it.
    My SISTER Theresa and I are keen cyclists and can combine fitness training with other motivational drivers such as raising money for charity. Last year we cycled 450K in China and the year before that, 350K in the heat and rugged terrain of Jordan along with 80 other females of all shapes, sizes, ages and objectives

    Experience with us one day of cycling in Jordan with 80 motivated women http://bit.ly/oZGDhg

    One thing for sure, I can tell you that the motivation to get to the journey’s end was everything to do with the support and love of all the women on the challenge.

    This Green challenge is also about motivation and support and like all those women on the cycle challenge, determined to get the job done in order to make a difference. Good news if you are one of the ten finalists, Natracare is donating a fantastic hybrid bicycle so you can continue your fitness regime and maybe inspire you to take your new found passion to help others.
    Good luck everyone love from Susie and Theresa – Natracare SISTERs inpartnership for change.

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