Women and Strength Training Part 2

Women and Strength Training Part 2

Last week we had the first installment of the Women in Strength Training post. In case you missed it, you can find it here. Today I’ll be wrapping it up with some thoughts on the subject.

Women in strength training have done a lot to change the idea of what the “image” of the female body should look like. But at the same time, it hasn’t done much to help.

People attack advertisements for the bodies of the models in them for being too “perfect” and that it’s detrimental to the standards of what women should have to reach in order to be “beautiful”. Then at the same time, those same people will go and mock someone for being “overweight”. It’s not the pictures themselves that are hurting, it’s how people perceive them. Women shouldn’t have to look at a picture and think, “That’s how I have to look in order to be beautiful.” It’s ok to have a tiny waist, and it’s ok to NOT have a tiny waist. Personally, I think that marketing campaigns should be more inclusive of all body types, as well as women in movies, TV shows, etc., but it’s also our jobs to modify how we respond to those photos.

There’s no such thing as the definitive body type and THAT’S what we all need to accept.

When we see images of other bodies, ripped or skinny (this also includes men and the six pack, underwear model type), for some reason our own judgmental hats get put on and we immediately start coming up with ways to put ourselves down, or put down the person in the image. Maybe it’s time that we start to accept that it’s our own insecurities that are bubbling up and they have nothing to do with the model in the picture. What we should do instead is, look in the mirror and see the amazing, confident, beautiful person looking back at us and say, “Oh good morning you sexy beast! You’re amazing and it’s time to dominate the day!”

Here’s just a few things to consider that might help out:

  1. Other people’s opinions of you don’t matter. AT ALL. There’s nothing that you can do to make everyone like you. Ever. So trying is an exercise in futility. If you want to put on muscle, put on muscle and be strong. If you want to be a size 0, well genetics comes first here and it may not be attainable, then work to be a size zero. People will say hurtful things, be unsupportive and sometimes even downright cruel, but forget them. Be PROUD of what you’re working for. BE PROUD of who you are and what you’ve done. BE PROUD that you’re chasing performance, a healthier lifestyle and a fitter body. Embrace your accomplishments.
  2. Focus on you. The thing with strength training and what we do at Get Fit{Camp} is that we’re not training to show off or look good, that’s just a side effect of being awesome. So don’t worry about what you see in those ads or photographs, or whatever other people say, worry about how you treat others and, more importantly, how you treat yourself. Your inner dialogue is the single most effective method to promote change, for the better or worse. What do you tell yourself when you look in the mirror or when you see those ads or pictures? That instantly will determine your mood and how your day goes. Start from within and work from there. One piece of advice that I’ve heard is to talk to yourself like you would a little girl. Would you ever tell a little girl that she’s not good enough or that she was fat? I highly doubt it.
  3. Ignore the haters. There’s always going to be people out there that will not like you, what you do or how you look. They don’t matter. I’d bet that when you first started lifting you may have thought that you’d get these massive arms and huge legs, and I’d also bet that you still don’t have them. I’d also bet that since you’ve started lifting that you’ve become more confident and never in a million years thought that you could dead lift the amount of weight that you’re currently lifting. It’s pretty amazing when you realize how far you’ve come since you first got started. If you’re still new, don’t worry, you’re going to be surprised when you hit that next deadlift PR(personal record) at how amazing you’re going to feel. Never let someone determine how you feel about your performance or your body.
  4. Self doubt will not be tolerated. There’s always going to be someone out there that’s better looking, stronger, more popular, have better hair, run faster than you or be the next top model. It doesn’t matter. It’s pretty easy for us to fall into that, “I’ll never be as good/better looking/have more hair/etc. as that other person.” I’m not saying that you should ignore those people and not have them in your life, just understand that you’re amazing the way that you are. If you follow people on social media that make you depressed about where you are, UNFOLLOW THEM. There’s NO reason to make yourself feel bad. Remember, social media only shows only the best part of other peoples lives. It’s photoshopped and filtered over to make their lives/bodies look as amazing as possible. It’s not real. You’re real!

I guess at the end of it all, you have to love you. You have to do you and whatever makes you happy. Cut out the negativity and embrace positive self talk. Keep chasing performance and challenge yourself to be better. You’ll be surprised at how amazing you are.

Daily Dose

4×10 Front Scale Leg Lift

4×12 DL
4×12 Piston Press

(Scale Up to HSS)
10 Pull Ups
15 Jumping Squats

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