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Hulk Angry!

January 13, 2014

As someone who loves to lift (and lift heavy), I am often annoyed by the misinformation floating around out there about how women “should” work out.  One celebrity trainer in particular has been quoted many times as saying that women should never lift more than three pounds to avoid “bulking up” and looking “manly”. This makes me CRAZY. We should encourage women and girls to pick up challenging weights instead of wasting their time doing 20+ reps of the same exercises and then going on the elliptical for hours. Of course everyone – men and women alike – should pursue the type of body they desire, but to say that strong, muscular women are unfeminine is flat out untrue.

Need some convincing? Lifting weights helps your body burn more calories post-workout, it helps build bone density (so important as women age!) and can prevent/rehab recurrent injuries.  It also means that you never have to ask for help opening jars, carrying groceries or moving boxes.  Hell, last winter I pushed our stuck car out of a snowdrift while Ian took care of the steering!

To that end, I want to call out BodyBuilding.com for some of their fantastic ads.  It’s always a treat to see a fitness related ad geared towards women that doesn’t feature small, pink weights. And for some reason, they are ALWAYS pink. I saw the one below in a magazine and loved it so much I had to take a picture:

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And this one I pulled off their Pinterest page:

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There’s your Monday motivation…if that doesn’t inspire you to get in the gym and own that weight room, nothing will!

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One Comment
  1. so true! Great post, keep ’em coming 🙂

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