“Don’t worry about the number on the scale. Instead, pay attention to your ACTIONS, how you FEEL, and how you look with your clothes on, and how you perform in the gym. Eat smart, train hard, and reap the benefits.” Nia Shanks Author-Beautiful Badass Blueprint, and Lift Like a Girl Revolution
Since working here in Florida as a strength and conditioning coach, my primary clientele base has been female. It doesn’t bother me at all, since I’ve studied plenty hard on the correct ways to help girls train the right way to achieve their fitness and physique goals. Ive also seen first hand the benefits girls can reap by training hard and heavy in a manner not to different from the guys. Unfortunately, the society we live in is media driven to make chicks think skinny, slim, and meek is how women should look, and moving heavy weights around will only lead to humongous muscle mass.
Both of these assessments are woefully false. Luckily, there are a few amazing professionals in the industry starting and succeeding in pushing women all over the world to show us what their bodies are capable of, and not suppressing their inner awesomeness. Here are some incredible reads from a few of our trusted female colleagues.
Tradeoffs-What will you trade for what you want? by Molly Galbraith (<Click)- This is a very powerful piece. “Being out of shape and overweight is hard. Being lean and in-shape is hard. Choose your hard.” Well said. Many women I know are just a little scared to break out of their comfort zone when it comes to training, but when they do, there is no stopping them. Maybe this little spark from Molly will help you get it going.
Why women should lift heavy weights by Rachel Guy (Video) (<Click) Rachel is another one of my goto’s for training knowledge as it applies to women. She is a brilliant, beautiful, and no nonsense coach who has inspired so many women to lift heavy and forget the common belief that jogging on the treadmill will get you lean. She’s a true ambassador for girls to look up to. This is a great video in case you aren’t convinced that training hard is the best way to your best body.
The mistake you’re not learning from by Joy Victoria (<Click)- Sometimes just a change in mindset and approach can help you stop spinning your wheels with your workout routines. You very well might be training hard, but the other stressors in your life just aren’t helping at all. Joy is an amazingly smart woman with a wealth of knowledge, and is strong as shit to boot. This article gives you some of the mistakes she kept making that negatively affected her body and training, and offers some ways to sidestep these recurring pitfalls many of us make.
I really enjoy these girl’s work, and hope you take a further look in to what makes them beautiful, confident, and strong. Yes, its a lot of work, but as Molly told you in the first article, so is being out of shape. Make the decision to change your life today with the help of strength. The iron is your friend ladies! Hope you find these articles motivating and useful. 🙂
Embrace. Fight. Prevail.