Sunday, August 8, 2010

Calling all women to pick up heavy weights!!!

*Cricket sound...........................................................*

Yes, you heard me. Ladies, if you want to look like this,

you might want to take a look at the kind of training she does. Here is an article from Barry Ross, a coach who strength trained Ms. Felix before she turned pro.

The Holy Grail in Speed Training

The intro may seem a little bit long winded for people who are not into strength and conditioning but the take home point of this article is that if you want to look a certain way, do the training that will help you get there. And the training does not have to be tedious, but it must be intense. As seen in the article, Allyson and her training partners at the time, were doing deadlifts in the 250-300 # range. Now take a look in the picture above and tell me if she looks like Arnold's evil twin sister.

I get this from ladies all the time in the gym, "I don't want to lift heavy, I don't want to get big and cumbersome, I don't want to look like a man etc. etc." Look at the picture above again, and do a check on your fears.

For further confirmation, here is a video of Yoana Snidemann doing a Turkish Get-Up with a 53 lb kettlebell:

And another video of her doing other exercises, and as she says, lifting heavy is a good way to get lean:

But this doesn't mean that you are going to start lifting 100lbs from the get-go. No, you have to start light, just like everybody else. But don't stick with Ken & Barbie weights all you life. They are not going to help you get lean.

As a final argument, this is a good article for reading:

Train Like a Man - Especially if You’re a Woman

I hope this post and the extra reading material can put to rest some of the fears of women doing strength training

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