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Gym Blog: Shut Up and Strength Train

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

***Gym Blogs is a series where I blog on my phone while I'm working out at the gym because I'm just too busy these days to blog any other time.***

So I've been reading a lot of articles my personal trainer has been posting on Facebook.

They all go like this: Oh My God, Ladies, Shut Up And Strength Train.

Now it's my turn.

I hate Hate HATE hearing/reading/learning about women who think that they shouldn't/don't need to strength train. If you fall in this category, then you are ill-advised and should be taught better.

This whole gender-normative garbage is getting in the way of your potentially phenomenal body.

Look, it's this simple: unless you have some sort of chemical imbalance where you have more testosterone than the average lady, you won't ever, ever look like an incredibly well built guy. The ladies who are rippling like men use drugs (not necessarily steroids, but still drugs) to raise their testosterone levels. Hell, even the guys have to work incessantly hard for a long time to look like that.

We are not chemically built to look like that. Or, as the article here so cleverly states, we do not have the balls to bulk up.

Please click and read that. And look at all those women. When you look at women to compare yourself (as bad as it is, but most of us do it--not all, but most), isn't that your goal? Not to just slim down, but to have CURVES and DEFINITION and an AMAZING BUTT.

My butt is glorious. Ask any guy who has walked past me for the past six months. I've noticed--just about every guy checks out my butt.

Which is a bit creepy, but, well, it IS an amazing butt.

Because I squat well over half my body weight. I do lunges. I built my amazing, sculpted butt.

My "Michelle Obama" arms? Look amazing in a tank top because I do push ups, pull ups, tricep dips, overhead and chest presses. I worked to sculpt my well defined arms.

I look amazing, and it's not by being religious on the treadmill. Even on a bad day, I will do ST, even if I skip the elliptical.

So do yourself a favor--lift heavy. None of this "lighter weight for more reps" nonsense--that builds muscle endurance, not true muscles. Lift heavy enough that two or three sets of 8 wear you out. Do push-ups on your toes and go LOW. Work hard.

Because working hard is the only way to make it. Just like everything else in life.





That's how the song goes, right?

***Edit to insert correct link***

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FRENCHIFAL 5/8/2013 11:07AM

    LOVE!! I've been doing the bare minimum on strength training these last months, and I haven't been seeing results because of it! Thank you for the kick in the kiester....I want to love my body and take pride in my figure too, and I'm only going to get there if I stop whining and ST!!

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THROOPER62 5/5/2013 6:15AM

    emoticon blog

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MONICA_W 5/2/2013 8:54PM

    Bahahaha... that's fantastic. And very true.

You're radiating self-confidence! Keep it up, glory-butt!

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DEBJAE 5/2/2013 9:11AM

    This made me laugh! ONLY because when I read your title, my introverted self automatically assumed you would be talking about how while you're at the gym trying to get your workout done, some chatty-cathy was talking your ear off...whoops!

I totally agree with your blog. So many women who have NEVER even done any ST use that as an excuse not to lift weights. So ignorant!! I love ST, just started James Wilson's program last week.

And oh yeah, I've got a booty too...I know it's a GOOD thing! Squats & lunges sister, I love to hate them :))

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ALICIALYNNE 5/2/2013 8:28AM

    I want to kiss this blog. I know it's sad, but I. DON'T. CARE.

I personally hate strength training, but I make myself do it. All the running (no matter how much I love it) in the world is not going to give me bangin' thighs and sexy arms. Running isn't going to magically give me the ability to carry ALL of the groceries in from the car in a single trip. Nope, strength training will give me that!

... so I grudgingly do it emoticon

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MERRY_XMAS 5/2/2013 3:44AM


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GETSTRONGRRR 5/1/2013 11:13PM

    Amen and absolutely right! straight up cardio doesn't hold a candle to strength training with cardio....we are made of muscle....and it looks good when it's strong!

Stay strong!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 5/1/2013 8:37PM

    yeah, that song sounds about right to me!!

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LESLIELENORE 5/1/2013 7:50PM

    Amen, sister!!

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DALID414 5/1/2013 7:34PM

    Yup! That's exactly how the song goes! emoticon

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ALLIEALLIE2 5/1/2013 7:15PM

    emoticon it!

The link is not working for me :(

Comment edited on: 5/1/2013 7:16:10 PM

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LYNSEY723 5/1/2013 6:37PM

    Agreed!! Great blog!

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