***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.
MY PROTEIN SHAKE BRINGS ALL THE BOYS TO THE YARD
AND THEY'RE LIKE, DANG RIGHT, IT'S BETTER THAN YOURS
I COULD TEACH YOU
BUT YOU'D HAVE TO DO SOME STRENGTH TRAINING FIRST.
That's how the song goes, right?
***Edit to insert correct link***