4 Strength Goals For a Beautiful Body
I make no secret my disdain towards the mainstream media (magazines, newscasts, infomercials, pop culture, fads) and how it relays fitness information to women.
Wait, what? You mean women can lift weights heavier than 3 lbs????
Most of it – mind you, not all of it – is predicated on the notion that women are these delicate flowers who shouldn’t (or worse, can’t!) lift appreciable weights, and that their fitness needs are better aligned with cardiocentric modalities and/or buzz words like “toned,” “sleek,” and “sexy.”
You know, cause deadlifts will make you grow an Adam’s Apple overnight.
The tone (<- forgive the pun) has changed in the past five years or so with the growing popularity of CrossFit. Women, now more than ever, of all shapes and sizes, backgrounds, and ability-level are hitting the weights and recognizing (and reaping) the advantages of setting performance based goals.
There’s still a lot of work to be done, though.
It’s a never ending upward battle to change the mindset of a society that places more “value” in something as arbitrary as what the scale reads in lieu of someone’s push-up prowess.
In my latest article on BodyBuilding.com I discuss why strength is the key to pretty much everything, including aesthetics.
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Comments for This Entry
RachelHow does Michelle Obama do push ups?? Lol. Great article, as usual. For me personally, I almost like weights more *because* of the mainstream hate on women lifting. I'm female and I lift, take that society! ;)
June 16, 2015 at 12:54 pm |
June 16, 2015 at 5:42 pm |
RachelOh no! :O I would've thought she'd be good at push ups based on her guns! Haha. That's disappointing womp womp.
June 16, 2015 at 9:03 pm |
Kyle SchuantHere is my 67yo lifter who has deadlifted 242lbs, last night she went to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. You may or may not get hot enough to pull this off, but if you get strong you won't give a fuck and will do it anyway.
June 20, 2015 at 3:26 am |
Shane Mcleani wish I was able to do all 4. I fall short on the front squats. Nice work Tony.
June 21, 2015 at 4:08 pm |