Tuesday, January 29, 2013
BAZOOKABOBCAT recently had a great blog post about the double standard in strength training between men and women. That men who are perceived to be weak get referred to as "ladies" and when women are strong, there are frequent remarks of "strong for a girl" and the like.
It reminded me of a poster I saw recently in a grocery store. I had taken a picture and posted to my facebook, I was so peeved by it! Now, I don't strength train currently for the purpose of power training, but I'm a very "strong chick". I use proper form and technique, and I'm confident in my skills in the weight room.
Here's the pic:
Alrighty, I get it. It's promoting safe work practices, and likely doing so based on strict occupational health and safety guidelines put forth by agencies, governments, etc. Yadda, yadda, yadda... "Grace, what's the big deal?"
a) Wow, double standard! Look at the difference in what is a "mandatory" 2 person lift amount between male staff and female staff. Sorry, I'm more than capable of lifting much more than 33lbs by myself. Additionally, what's to say that a man is comfortable lifting 50lbs by himself? Would asking a partner to help him lift a 35lb box make him look like a "woman" in the eyes of his coworkers?
b) Do you *see* the caricature of the people going to lift the box. *headdesk* I lift and strength train with functional movement in mind, I don't know about y'all. In what universe, is a lean with a twist, with weight-bearing split between the feet 80%/20% the proper way to lift a heavy load?!
If I felt like it would make any difference, I would write to the person in charge of occupational health and safety. Ya know, and/or beat him or her over the head with this poster!
Rant over. Night night!