Women and Strength Training

FitCampers!

We’ve got a great week planned out programming wise, so let’s get in the gym, give what we’ve got while we’re here and focus on eating as good as we possibly can! If you need help with that last part, click here and apply at the bottom of the page!

Don’t forget that there are no night classes Friday night, so please plan your workouts accordingly!

Women and strength training (part 1): 

This will be a two-part post, there’s a lot to cover and I’d like everyone (both men and women) to consider the points made here.

As a coach, I hear a lot from women about the fear of getting “big and bulky” from lifting weights. There are a lot of myths that revolve around this topic in the strength and conditioning world and it’s time that we talk about it.

Most women seem to think that if they even look at a barbell that they are going to become The Incredible Hulk and that they’ll loose their femininity. Personally, I think strength only exemplifies femininity, and I’ll explain why. Don’t worry men, I’ll have a blog or two for you as well. These next two are dedicated to the ladies.

A quick summary of the myths in this article:

  1. Lifting weights will make you huge and masculine.
  2. Women only tone. Men only bulk.
  3. Toning, sculpting and firming are totally different things.
  4. Women should never lift free weights.
  5. If women use their leg and butt muscles, they’ll get too big.
  6. Weight training turns fat into muscle.
  7. Lifting too heavy of weights will make a women “bulky”, so they should only lift light.

“Women are not a special population. They are half the population.” Mark Rippetoe.

What Coach Rip was saying here, is that women DO respond to heavy lifting. However, women get the best results when they train for performance, like we do at GetFit{Camp} , because even though women do respond differently to weight training than men, there is no difference in the quality of exercise that they need to be involved in to cause their bodies to change. The media has done a great job of perpetrating the myths of what those different responses are.

How to get there is really right in front of our faces, the results in terms of performance and body image (yes, we care about how we look naked), and the sad fact is that most of the population lacks the mental fortitude to do it. The “easy” way of circuit programs, low intensity machine based workouts, and “body sculpting” sessions are much easier to sell than busting your butt.

The fact remains that the body image that we’re seeking; the flat stomach, the curvy bottom half, and “long, lean” muscle that is sold to the public, is best found while chasing performance and a SOLID nutrition program. People tend to put the cart before the horse in that they put appearances first without thinking about the training to get yourself there. I have no doubt that I can add 50 pounds to your squat in a few months, but I don’t know how to get that C-shaped butt that everyone loves without making your squat better. If you want better arms, there’s no diet plan, no high intensity circuit class, no juice cleanse will get you there unless you do some sort of resistance training. You want better looking arms with that, “long, lean, tight arm” look, you have to improve your push ups. Get better at benching. Get better at dips. That will pretty much guarantee that you’ll get those great looking arms that everyone talks about. Chase performance and the aesthetics will come. (Don’t worry, I’ll get to the “too masculine” argument in a minute)

The appearance that you’re looking for will not change unless your performance does. That is what we program for and why we keep track of all of our lifts, times and gymnastics movements. For instance, remember how hard it was the first time that you did a 30 second tuck hold for 4 rounds? Now that you’ve moved on to the bent hollow rocks, those tuck holds probably look pretty dang easy. Your performance has improved and I’m sure that your waist has tightened up a bit as well as a result of getting better at something. Your genetics are best expressed when you’re performing at your highest level, and this is only achievable when you’re involved in a program that is solely based on getting you to perform at your highest level. It’s hard to get your best-looking body without resistance training at your (emphasis on your because it’s all relative and constantly changing) highest level.

You can’t get longer muscles. Without physically detaching your muscles from your bones and reattaching somewhere else, there’s no such thing as “longer” muscles. Let’s get that marketing term out of here, that’s just silly. As far as “firming and toning” goes, there is only hard work and eating better. Muscles don’t get toner, you get leaner.

I’m sure that a few of you have seen some of the top competitor females and have seen their larger muscles and leaner bodies and thought, “OMG, I’m going to get HUGE from lifting.” Those women have taken DRASTIC measures to get to that point through very strict diets, very specific programs, and very specific supplementation. These particular women train every day, they have nutritionists and cooks preparing food for them, they’re supremely dedicated to their sport, and lastly, they don’t give a sh*t what people think about them or their bodies. I think that last thing some something that we ALL can learn from…

These are just a few of the popular myths that are, for some reason, continued to be pushed on women in the fitness industry. To sum up:

  • You will not become HUGE by lifting weights.
  • The fastest route to being fit is through chasing performance.
  • Lifting heavy will NOT make you manly.
  • A fit looking, athletic body will come only through consistent hard work and a consistent eating habits.

Women fear being physically strong because our culture has put so much emphasis on what the female form should look like. Men find security in knowing that women need men to can take care of them and if a woman is stronger than they are, they might not feel needed as much. So they pressure women to not get stronger out of fear. Women don’t like other women being stronger, because they are afraid or unwilling to put in the effort that the other woman has to break the mold as far as what “feminine” means. When at the end of the day, a woman should do whatever she wants to make herself feel good and not care what others think.

I’ll be digging in a bit more in the next installment of this post, so feel free to discuss with me your thoughts!

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
SL
HBP

Get{Strong}
4×12 OHS
4×12 Pull Ups

Get{Fit}
4 RNDs:
200m Sprint
10 Push Press
20 Sit Ups

TGIF and FTF

TGIF!

It’s been a tough week and I’m glad that it’s Friday. It’s been a relatively slow week attendance wise though. I know that life happens and we all get sick, or busy with work or school, I’m just wondering what I can do to help with keeping consistency up? I’ve asked in the last ProTip Tuesday, but I’ll ask again, what can I do to help you? What questions do you have? What do you need some extra guidance with? I’m here to help you, so just ask!

Fast Tip Friday!

Last week we had a challenge for our Fast Tip Friday, and that was to walk three times a week for ten minutes. How’d that go for you? How many of you got your three short walks in? It was a challenge to “find the time” until I realized, it’s ten freaking minutes. Seriously, who doesn’t have ten minutes three times a week? So, I just got up and did it, even if it was just walking around the block at the gym or at home.

This week, we’re going to step it up a little bit. This might take a little bit more planning on our parts, but it’ll be worth it in the end and you’ll feel better. This week we’re going to walk three times a week for 20 minutes. It’s still not a lot of time or energy and I think that it’s something that we can all easily accomplish if we just decide to make it a priority. Schedule it into your day just like you do with your workouts, meals, work and whatever else you may have. Ask yourself, “Do I really have 20 minutes, three times a week or am I just choosing to watch TV (or whatever else you may be doing) instead?” We all have the choice, let’s choose to be more active just one hour per week.

That’s it this week folks, let’s have a great weekend, stay safe, be active and have fun!

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
sPL
4×12 Pull Ups

Get{Strong}
4×12 DL
4×12 Tricep Kick Back

Get{Fit}
AMRAP 10:
10 Renegade Rows
30 Double Unders

Chill Monday…

…tough Tuesday!

Today is going to be a little more challenging than yesterday! Let’s stay focused and in it though!

Quick update, no hike on the 18th. Also, there will be no night classes on the 17th.

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
FL
SLS

Get{Strong}
4×12 OH Press
4×12 DB Row

Get{Fit}
3 RNDs:
10 Pull Ups
100m Sprints
10 Shoot throughs
100m Sprint
10 Leg Lifts

Short Term Fix

FitCampers!

It’s another great week! The weather is getting nicer and we’re starting to see more blue skies. A few of us went for a short hike on Saturday morning, and it was gorgeous. Cool air, green grass, fresh air… I’ve never been to Ireland, but I feel like that’s what it would have been like to hike there. A few of us have decided to try to go for a hike every weekend moving forward, if you’re interested in coming along, I’ll be posting the locations and times and we can coordinate every weekend. In fact, the next one on the books is going to be the 18th! Details to follow. We might have one before that, depending on availability and weather!

Also, we’ve got the Spartan Race coming up! Let’s all run it together! Go and register here, and the team name is Get Fit Camp Spartans! We’re doing the sprint, which is the shorter version, and we’re taking off in the morning, 9:15-12 time slot. Let’s have some fun!

Quick Fix Vs. Long term change
Recently I’ve been seeing a lot of people on cleanses, short-term diets, or “diets with an expiration date” as I like to call them. These are diets that have an ending point, like the 21-day fix from Shakology, or even something like The Whole 30. I want to make it perfectly clear though, I have nothing against these programs. If used properly, they can have incredible results and can really change people’s lives. The problem that I have with these diets, is that they don’t do anything to help with habit or lifestyle change.

Toward the end of these diets or cleanses, people just end up counting down the days until they can cheat or go back to doing whatever it was that got them to want to lose weight in the first place. Heck, I’ve done Whole 30’s where I tell myself, “In 4 more days, I get to drink again!!!” What’s the point then? I haven’t changed anything. I’ve only delayed the inevitable of going back to eating bad food and drinking without really knowing why.

If you’ve already got a SOLID foundation of eating consistent foods, doing something like this can really help with weeding out some other bad habits, or even finding out about food sensitivities. Doing something ultra-strict like a Whole 30 can do a great job of that. Cutting out foods that can cause auto-immune issues or digestive issues for a period of time and then slowly introducing one back in at a time, can be really telling about your gut health and food tolerances.

These diets with expiration dates, cleanses, or “quick fixes”, are really good for the possibility of losing weight in the short term. When it’s done, you get to go right back to what you were eating and drinking beforehand and more often than not, you’ll end up gaining the weight back, if not more.

Instead, think about a way to develop the good habits that you’ve already got, and slowly and effectively develop new and better habits that will not only help you lose weight, but get healthier, but keep the weight off for life.

That’s what the ProCoach program does, and has been proven to do. It helps you to develop those basic foundational habits that will lead to CONSISTENT healthy eating on a daily basis. Then, and only then, would instituting a more advanced program like a Whole 30 would be appropriate, in my opinion. That way when the expiration date comes up, you’re less likely to fall back into bad habits since you’ve already developed a solid nutritional foundation.

ProCoach is currently closed, but we will be opening a new class in the near future. Please keep your eyes peeled for an email from Get Fit{Camp} for information as to when the new class will open up. Or click here and fill out the information at the bottom of the page to get on our waitlist!

Until then, work on the basics, kick butt in the gym and let’s have a great week.

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
MN
RC

Get{Strong}
4×12 Bench
4×12 DB Curls

Get{Fit}
4 RNDs:
20 Sit Ups
15 KB Swings
10 DB Push Press

Friyay!

Woohoo!

TGIF and it’s a hiking weekend! Let’s get out and go for a walk. Who’s coming with me?!

Daily Dose

Get{Strong}
Oly Day!
Snatch Practice
Then:
3×12 Snatch Grip Press
3×12 Good Mornings
3 Neg. Pull Ups after each RND

Thursday!

Almost hike day!

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting pretty excited about this hike! Even if it’s a short one, it’ll be good to get out, get some fresh air, move the legs a bit and enjoy nature. I haven’t decided on a location yet, so I’m open for suggestions. We can meet somewhere neutral or at the gym, depending on where we decide to go. Then we can go out for some brunch and hang out time!

Let me know what locations you’re thinking!

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
SL
HBP

Get{Strong}
4×12 Pause Squats
4×12 DB Rows

Get{Fit}
4 RNDs:
200m Sprints
10 Box Jumps
10 KB Push Press L&R

ProTip Tuesday, Episode 15 – What Can I Help You With?

Monday wasn’t too bad…

In fact, it was a great way to start the week and grease the grooves for the week. It’s going to be a challenging week, (when isn’t it?!) and it’s nice to ease into it. Maybe out of it too… lol.

If you haven’t already, please click here and take about 10 minutes to fill out the survey. This is going to be helpful to develop new programs, marketing and growth of the gym. If you have already, thank you for taking the time to do so!

If the link doesn’t work, try this one.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeVhXrmXaC6ISx5uVyDLtLQLUi1KQs_q-wKYGYzvAmKfSQh6Q/viewform

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
MN
RC

Get{Strong}
4×12 Press
4×12 BB Step Ups

Get{Fit}
For Time:
100 Double Unders
400m Run
20 HPS

A quick request

Quick Request

Hey everyone! Instead of a long post today, just a quick request please. In order to continue giving you the best experience possible, I’m asking you to fill out this quick survey for me. Just click here and take 10 minutes or so to fill it out. This will really help me out. If the link doesn’t work, simply copy and paste the link below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeVhXrmXaC6ISx5uVyDLtLQLUi1KQs_q-wKYGYzvAmKfSQh6Q/viewform

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
sPL
4×12 Pull Ups

Get{Strong}
4×12 DL
4×12 DB Flies

Get{Fit}
AMRAP 10:
5 Burpees
10 Lunges
20 Sit Ups

Fast Tip Friday and Announcements!

Announcements:

Today is the LAST DAY to sign up for ProCoach for this class. If you’re interested, read more about the program here, pick your level, then click here to sign up!

Tomorrow is a FREE Foundations Class to all new members. If you have any friends that are interested, please have them contact me to reserve their spot. Following that:

Next week is Bring A Friend Week! All of next week is free and open to the public. It’s perfect timing to take advantage of the free Foundations Class so they can jump right into class knowing all the basic movements. Let’s get some new faces in the gym!

Then, Saturday night we’re meeting at Cuetopia Billiard Cafe at 6pm to play some pool, hang out and have some fun. Meet us there and let’s play!

Keep Saturday, March 4th open for a possible hike for my birthday! Weather depending. Details to come.

FTF!

We’re finally here folks! It’s Friday and that means, more quick cooking tips! The new ones will be in bold:

  1. This is number one for a reason. PREP, PREP, PREP! It’s easier to cook a bunch of chicken or chop a bunch of veggies, or put together 5-6 side salads all at once than trying to do it throughout the week. Save yourself some time and sanity by prepping your meals.
  2. After making eggs sunny side up, deglaze the pan with sherry vinegar and then drizzle it on your eggs for an amazing different flavor.
  3. For rich, creamy, healthier dressings, use half greek yogurt instead of all the mayo!
  4. Prep HUGE crock pot meals and then divvy it up into four gallon sized freezer bags. Place in the freezer and take out a day or two before you want to throw them in the crock pot. Talk about meal prep.
  5. Recipes are just guidelines, not rules. Even if they were rules, break them.
  6. Pick one thing that you do well, and perfect it! Then, make some variations on it.
  7. Keep it simple. Find simple recipes. Steam veggies and season them. Grill.
  8. Try cooking the same meat, like chicken, with different seasonings. Mexican, Greek, Italian, etc. Try things out, but keep it simple.
  9. Speaking of eggs, try cooking different kinds of eggs, like poached!
  10. Try different kinds of salads! Different veggies, different dressings, have fun!
  11. When seasoning meats, sprinkle it on like it’s snowing. That way it will be more even and not chunky in spots.
  12. When roasting your veggies in the oven, avoid over crowding the food. Keep space in there otherwise the veggies will steam instead of getting that caramelization that we’re looking for.
  13. To cook potatoes a little faster than an hour in the oven, poke a few holes in them with a fork, wrap in a paper towel and microwave for 4-6 minutes, depending on how big they are. It will take some experimentation, but they taste good and done faster!
  14. Use left over veggies from previous meals for a salad bar! Avoids throwing out food that might sit there and you get more veggies into your meals!
  15. Quick pickle by mixing a little salt and sugar with white vinegar and pour over thinly sliced veggies. Wait 20 minutes and enjoy!
  16. When you’re browning meat, you should blot the surface dry with a paper towel so the meat doesn’t release moisture when it hits the hot oil. Too much moisture makes the meat steam instead of sear, and you will lose that rich brown crust.
  17. Invest in a bottle of high-quality olive oil. Just a small drizzle can really bring out the flavor of pizza, mozzarella, pasta, fish and meat. (I love these guys locally)
  18. When you grill, pull your steaks out of the refrigerator one hour ahead of time so they can come to room temperature.
  19. If you don’t have time to brine your chicken, use this simple trick: Heavily salt the chicken (inside and out) about an hour before you cook it. Then pat it dry and roast. This ensures crispy skin and juicy meat.
  20. HAVE FUN!!! Turn on music, sing, dance while things are baking, make cooking an enjoyable experience and you’ll want to do it more often. 

I hope that you all enjoy these and use some of them. Let me know what kind of Fast Tip Friday series that you’d like to see!

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
SL
HBP

Get{Strong}
4×12 OHS
4×12 Bent Rev. Fly

Get{Fit}
4 RNDs NFT:
5 Neg. Pull Ups
7 Good Mornings
9 Push Press

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

FitCampers!

Just a couple quick announcements before we get started on today’s subject:

We have a gym event coming up on the 25th! Let’s get together, play some pool and have a couple adult recreational beverages. Let me know if you’re coming by Thursday the 25th so I can organize the time! I’m thinking around 6:00pm.

My birthday is coming up on March 5th! Woohoo! I’d love to schedule a hike with everyone, and then have some brunch afterward, weather depending of course. We’ve had a pretty wet winter, so it’s hard to say what it’s going to look like by March 4th, so keep that morning open for a fun hike and brunch.

Next Saturday, the 25th, is also a FREE Foundations Class from 10-12 (appointment required)! All new members will get to try out a free foundations class, learn all of the basic barbell movements, and then the following week is free for Bring a Friend week! Be sure to let all your friends and family know, or heck even strangers, that they get to try out our awesome program for FREE. Have them reach out to me to reserve their space!

We’re going to be having some changes coming up soon in the gym! A new referral program, a few forms to fill out, a new pricing structure for new members coming in (also some corporate pricing for local businesses), and an upcoming survey to find how to better fulfill your needs and help guide the future of the gym. This is going to be pretty important, and the more people that fill out the survey, the better I can set up the gym, programming, systems, and features that the gym can offer. Be on the lookout in the next week.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs:

Abraham Maslow wrote a paper in 1943, “A Theory in Human Motivation”. He wanted to study the top 1% of people in the world that were the top thinkers, changers, and leaders in the world to see what made them so special. He thought that trying to study the mentally ill or neurotic people would only produce sick psychology and philosophy. Interesting thought.

The pyramid below is a visual of what he thought were the most basic needs at the bottom, to the higher thought processes at the top. (Bear in mind that this might vary based on cultural, regional and geopolitical needs, and might not be universal. This is just for a thinking exercise.)

Used with permission, FireflySixtySeven, Wikipedia.

Someone shared this the other day and it got me thinking. At the base of the pyramid, we can see that the foundation of this whole thing is, physiological needs. This sort of piqued my interest because I think that it’s something that we don’t really realize that we have pretty easy, the basic need for food, water, air, health, clothing, and shelter.

I think that it’s pretty easy for us to look at other people, who may have nicer things than us, and think that we’re not very well off. To me, that can throw off the whole balance of the pyramid. Is it ok to want nicer “things”? Absolutely! At the same time, I think that it’s important to be grateful for what we do have though, while we work toward the “nicer” things that we want. We can get deeper into things like, “The Secret” or “The Law of Attraction” but, I’ll let you research that on your own. The basic summary of these philosophies is pretty simple (though I do recommend reading deeper into it), whatever you focus on is what you bring into your life. If you keep focusing on the lack of whatever it is you have in your life, you’ll keep attracting the lack of that thing. Focusing on being grateful for what you have, that you have that thing in abundance, and more of it will come to you. Build the base of that pyramid strong, then move up. Keep seeing yourself as a healthy, strong individual with enough food, water, and shelter.

Once you’ve got the physiological needs down, now we can work on safety. A few things that can be found in safety are; personal security, financial security, health and well-being (which is what we work on in Get Fit{Camp}), and safety nets against accidents/illness (insurance). Some of these are much more complex than I’d like to dig into in this blog, so we’ll just talk about the health and well-being aspect. Just remember that what we focus on is what we attract. We have a lot that we can do for health and well-being, we can go to the gym and learn to be fit, we can learn to eat better, and we can learn how to meditate to calm our minds. Physical and mental health are pretty darn important to a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Humans are social creatures, we yearn to have our “pack” or “tribe” and that’s why love is next. Once we’ve gotten our basic needs met and we’re feeling safe, then we can focus on thriving by being surrounded by friends and family or those that challenge us to be the best versions of ourselves. Relating this to the gym, that’s why having our group classes is so important to our success. We have created an environment where we all support each other and genuinely care about each other’s success. We cheer each other on, challenge each other to be better or lift more, and we support each other when we need it most. I’m very proud of the community that we have at Get Fit{Camp} and you all should be too, because you are the ones that make it happen.

Once we have that “tribe”, that will launch us to the next step, esteem. How many times have you walked into the gym, having a bad day or not feeling so great about yourself but, walked out feeling pretty darn fantastic? Personally, more times than I can count. Our tribe helps to contribute to our self-esteem. We may come into the gym not feeling so great, but as we’re working out that might all change. We have our friends supporting us, cheering us on, and that will help us lift heavier, move a little better or faster and that will build up our esteem. Then, whether you realize it or not, that will flow over to other areas of our lives. It will build confidence in all of our other relationships/areas of our lives; work, school, church, etc.

The last level is self-actualization. This is the level that we’ll achieve when we’ve mastered all the other levels. Not just achieve them, master them. This level is for someone’s own FULL potential and REALIZATION of that potential. We might have that “ah-ha” moment where we realize that we have the absolute desire to accomplish everything that we can, to become the best versions of ourselves and that we KNOW that we can achieve those goals in whatever that may be. Look at all of the extremely high achievers in your life, what do they have in common? Do they have any negative self-talk? Do they every tell themselves that they CAN’T do anything? Or do they attack everything that they put their mind to? What dialogue do you tell yourself on a daily basis? It’s something that I’m still working on, but I know that I have to potential to reach this level. How about you?

Get Fit{Camp} is committed to helping our members in their health and fitness endeavors. Sometimes this also means focusing on positive thinking skills and habits as well. One program that has helped an enormous amount of people change their lives both mentally and physically is the ProCoach program. This is a yearlong, habits based program that really digs into the “why’s” of some of our eating habits. Understanding a bit of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs a bit more, this program has all of the elements that will build on each of those steps in the program; from our basic needs, all the way up to realizing how much control over our lives that we really do have. Because it’s a guided program by me, you’ll also have the support and “tribe” to help ensure your success. The next class starts on February 27th and the last day to sign up is the 24th, so go here and sign up now. This program is guaranteed to change your life, or your money back. Please read this page for all the details on the program. I look forward to helping you change your life.

Daily Dose

Get{Gymnastics}
sPL
4×12 Tricep extension

Get{Strong}
4×12 Bench
4×12 Hammer Curl

Get{Fit}
Tabata:
Mt. Climbers
Jumping Pull Ups
Reverse Lunges