Women and Paperweights

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A client of mine sent me an article that was featured on Boston.com a few weeks ago highlighting local brides who are trying to get in shape for their upcoming nuptials later this year. It may come as a surprise when I tell you that I’m not going to bag on the article too much. I actually liked it and it did a great job explaining how training in groups can be more beneficial and fun for participants. However, as with most articles dealing with women and fitness, there always has to be the token picture that makes me want to throw a tomahawk into my skull.

Under the picture was the caption: “future brides and members of wedding parties endure grueling physical training to look their best.”

Since when is lifting a 2 lb dumbbell “grueling?” I can think of a million things that are more grueling, like, I don’t know, raking leaves or reading the back of a ketchup bottle.

I’ll never quite understand the rationale of some women. Many have children who weigh upwards of 50 lbs and they’re hoisting them all over the place. So why are they so reluctant to lift anything heavier than ten pounds in the weight room? Furthermore, some women have make-up bags that weigh more than those pink and purple dumbbells.

I’ve gone on rants in the past about this topic, so I won’t belabor the point here. Suffice it to say, lifting what’s equivalent to a paperweight does nothing except tell your body to keep as much muscle as it takes to accomplish the task at hand. Which in this case, isn’t much. End result, you’ll have a body that looks frail and weak. Not exactly the look one wants when they’re walking down the aisle with hundreds of eyes on them. Doesn’t Skeletor look amazing in that white dress! And look, Battle Cat is the ring bearer……how cute!

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