Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Women are strong

Joanna and Addie
A few times since we opened Barbell Strategy, I've come across a surprising situation - women asking if women can do our programming. It's surprising because in the last 7 years or so, I've been surrounded by a community of amazingly strong women who would never question whether strength training is for women. If you're a woman and you're on the fence about coming in and picking up some heavy barbells and kettlebells, let me assure you that you can do it. We women are biologically adapted to grow human beings in our bodies and nourish them with our bodies and carry them around and take care of them. Those bodies can definitely handle some physical and psychological stressors in the gym.

This is a gross overgeneralization, but I've noticed that men usually develop confidence in strength training pretty quickly. They figure out how to do the lifts and then they go for it. But for women, it often takes longer and is a more gradual process. And when that shift happens, and a woman who never thought of herself as particularly strong suddenly realizes that she can lift more than her male boss or her brother or her guy friends, it is a powerful transformation and something wonderful to watch. Our society really, really underestimates women, and it's time we take matters and barbells into our own hands.

I love working with all our clients and don't pay much attention to gender in class. But I have to say, seeing a woman start to embrace her strength makes me feel like we're accomplishing something for the greater good. Women ARE strong, and we deserve to get stronger. Come in and see what you can do.
Workout
Row 1k

then accumulate 100 push-ups and 50 pull-ups (break up any way you want)