I am sick and tired of all this politically correct B.S. saying that women canâ€™t and shouldnâ€™t train the same way as men.
Nope:Â women should stick to their machines, aerobic classes, and â€œdesignatedâ€ workout rooms filled with old machines and dumbbells that go up to a whopping 15 pounds. But, if they want to come over to the â€œmenâ€™s areaâ€ to use an empty barbell or a bench for some â€œtoningâ€ exercises, than itâ€™s okay. After all, everyone knows that endless triceps kickbacks and dumbbell curls are the best way to get great arms. Rightâ€¦
I keep waiting for things to change.Â I keep waiting for women to see their true potential in the weight room. I keep waiting for women to step off the elliptical for the final time and explore the new exciting future that awaits them with dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, sandbags, and bodyweight exercises.
It hasnâ€™t happened. In fact, we may be going in an even worse direction.
I donâ€™t apologize for being in the weight room. In fact, I find it quite amusing when Iâ€™m standing next to a guy by the dumbbell rack and he grabs the 35 pound dumbbells for his flat bench presses and then I grab the 45â€™s for my incline presses. I like that I can bench 150 pounds and deadlift 300 at a bodyweight of 125. I love the look on peopleâ€™s faces when Iâ€™m doing sets of deadlifts with 245 on the bar. I love watching guys do lat pulldowns with 80 pounds and then Iâ€™ll bust out 10 chin-ups from a dead hang on each rep. And Iâ€™m not done.Â I will get strongerÂ . And you know what else:Â Iâ€™ll still look like a womanÂ . Please, donâ€™t believe the B.S. your personal trainer tells you about lifting heavy weights. You willÂ notÂ get huge.
I will never apologize. And I willÂ neverÂ encourage a woman to spend time onÂ anyÂ machine, do â€œtoningâ€ exercises, or waist their life away by performing hours a week of â€œcardio.â€
Iâ€™ve said it before, and Iâ€™ll keep saying it. The best exercises a woman (or man) can do to improve her body composition and appearance are squats, deadlifts, overhead presses, pushups, dips, rows, chin-ups, lunges, and intervals with bodyweight exercises and/or dumbbells.
Those exercises, and their variations, will give women (and men) the body they desire that will have true functional strength. You wonâ€™t get that with machines and wimpy exercises like triceps kickbacks and addiction and abduction machines. And I donâ€™t even want to hear about how you drove 15 minutes to the gym, searched for the closest parking spot, and then spent 30 minutes on the elliptical, and then drove 15 minutes back home. If youâ€™re going to take 60 minutes out of your busy life, make sure those 60 minutes bring you closer to your personal goals. An elliptical machineÂ wonâ€™tÂ do it.
The tide will turn. I will keep saying that â€œwomen should train for strength.â€ By training for strength, the body composition goals they desire will happen and their training will be filled with purpose.