Day 2: Kettlebell (and thoughts on strength training for women)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

I wasn't as sore as I expected to be from the first day I worked with my kettlebell (day before yesterday), so I decided today was a good day to do a bit more.

I've been scouring the web for info and videos to help me train, and I ran across a group of women who call themselves "Girls Gone Strong". Here's a link to their Facebook page where you can read a little about them as a group and individuals:

Today I used a beginner's workout from one of the Girls Gone Strong women named Marianne, who happens to be Irish. I like her accent, and I find her demeanor pleasant and not at all annoying. Her personal site is great--she's got a section just for beginners with all sorts of helpful videos and posts for both kettlebell workouts and bodyweight workouts (no equipment necessary). Here's a link to her site:

I watched the video through once and thought "there is no way I'm going to be able to complete that once, let alone twice or three times". But I DID! I didn't think I'd be able to press my 12kg kettlebell overhead either, but I sure did it. It was pretty difficult, but I did it. I felt pretty proud of myself. I did the workout called "Train Along With Me--Beginner" and worked through it twice before my shoulders were totally fatigued. It's a good one, and I'll be using it again this coming week.

Besides that, eating paleo is still going very problems so far. I feel great! I do need to look around for healthy grain-free higher carb veggies I can serve with dinner for my son who is super athletic (he's a ballet dancer), and for my husband who is not at all athletic, but will complain and be a misery without a bit of carby goodness. So far they've both been getting sweet potatoes and/or butternut squash with a bit of coconut oil and cinnamon, which has been a hit. I make a cold sweet potato salad with ginger that is also very nice. But I should really find some other stuff, as this will get old quickly, I'm sure. I could eat sweet potatoes every night and be pleased as punch, but I don't expect everyone else to.

My husband says he can already see a difference in my body. I can't see much difference yet, but I feel great. Mr. Kitty is a bit too concerned with my strength training. I believe he thinks I'm going to end up looking like a steroid enhanced female bodybuilder, which is ridiculous. I asked him this morning why I would be loveable and sexy as a fat, unhealthy, and unhappy woman but not as a fit, muscular, happy woman? He didn't really have an answer for that!

I used to hear this same sort of "concern" from guys all the time when I would talk with them about lifting weights. "Just do it for toning" (LOL) "Just use the machines" (???) "Just do light weights" (again, LOL), "Don't get TOO strong!" (umm..say what?). I would just sort of laugh and advise them to not come to the gym and watch me lift then, because it would surely upset them.

Of course, these same guys sure liked the effects lifting those big heavy weights had on my legs and booty! And my shoulders and back looked pretty hot, too. I would not have looked that way had I been lifting in the way they thought was acceptable for females to lift.

So Mr. Kitty had better just avert his eyes while I swing my kettlebell and do my heavy lifts with free weights....he'll appreciate the results, I promise.

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  • -LINDA_S
    Sounds like you're doing great! Just read the part of 4-Hour Body where Tim Ferriss discusses a simple kettlebell swing that seems to be very effective. Seems like even for women starting out they're heavier than 12kg, but I need to look that up again. I'd be concerned if they were too heavy. Glad you're getting strong, and I be Mr. Kitty will really end up liking it!
    2139 days ago
    I´m sure you are going to look really great - and your husband will so appreciate it. I think this kettlebell exercise sounds so great. Do you only use the 12kg kettlebell? And how do you know what weighs to get? I just might be getting some myself this fall.
    2139 days ago
    I think Mr. Kitty is worried that you will start looking masculine - of course, we know that won't happen so keep up the good work!
    2141 days ago
    Great positive post! emoticon

    I've got to do some research into this Paleo eating. Keep up the great work and keep swinging!

    2141 days ago
    I have been looking to change up my ST on my recovery weeks with kettle bell training and this seems like a great start!
    Thanks for sharing! :)

    2141 days ago
    I love Girls Gone Strong.
    2141 days ago
    When I started this walk training I have stopped doing AS MUCH strength training but I miss it! Now I dedicate at least one day a week to ST even though I should do more. I have plenty of videos here at home and have a gym membership so it shouldn't be a problem. I just have to get my walks in for my 50 mile walk in September! :) Great job on the lifting!
    2141 days ago
  • BOB240
    I really don't know what it is about weight training that worries people. There are guys at work who ask me about losing weight - I say I do free weights and the IMMEDIATE response is "I can't do that!". It's not just women.

    I look back 30 years and the gym I went to had one "cardio machine" - in fact it was a ex-medical treadmill not the things we have now. The gym was a free weights arena.

    Now we have people (even on here) traing for marathons. I know the history here (peopl elike Jim Fixx and the jogging boom). but- I don't know why people take up such a sever endurance sport. As you get older banging out the miles is counterproductive (burns muscle - aggravates impact injuries, stiffens you up like a zombie - have you every seen a flexible marathone runner?)

    Where as weights are highly efficient (half an hour 3x a week), give you good posture, build lbm (which allows you to eat more and reduces platueas) and gives you strength to increase NEAT throughout the day!

    Weight training will have its day!!!

    PS - drop the kettel bell and pickup a barbel - safer ;)

    2142 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/15/2012 6:08:32 AM
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