Why Women Should Not Be Afraid of Gaining Muscle
by Charles Poliquin

Women who only do endurance work are not only missing out on the benefits of strength work, they are increasing health risks associated with the oxidative stress of long / slow endurance work.

Increasing your muscle mass and bone mass has a myriad of health benefits.
Here is what you should know before you frown upon on gaining a few kilos of muscle mass:
1. The more muscle and bone mass you have, the greater the acid buffering power you create.  That is, you now have more protein, potassium, magnesium and calcium to buffer the acidity in your body.  The more alkaline you are:

  • the greater the endurance potential of the body
  • the greater your immune power is, the better your chances at surviving cancer or the swine flu.

Read entire article here.

Why Women Should Not Be Afraid Gaining Muscle Mass – Part 2
by Charles Poliquin

Despite the images of strong, lean women that are everywhere from popular culture to politics to athletics, there is an alarmingly large number of women who are afraid to gain muscle.  Every trainer has heard the question from female clients of all ages: Will this give me big muscles?  Or, the statement, I build muscle really easily and don’t want to get bulky.  Can you just help me get toned?
Instead of using this article to argue that strong is attractive and that women should embrace strength and muscle, the point is that women need to train smart. Women need to identify their health and body composition goals and train in order to meet those goals.
Read entire article here.



Melissa carrying “the dead” (Krista) after 11 hours of the GO RUCK CHALLENGE in Denver, CO last weekend.


Snatch- 1 Rep Max
Clean and Jerk – 1 Rep Max

Olympic Weightlifting

Snatch – 78% x 3r x 2 s, 83% x 2r x 3s
Snatch Pull – 110%(of snatch) 3r x 5s
Back Squat – 3r x 5s **Go heavy and get depth!

5 thoughts on “Why Women Should Not Be Afraid of Gaining Muscle

  1. Josh says:

    Great work today morning crew! Everyone has made significant increases in their form and technique since starting this Power/ Agility Cycle two weeks ago. Each of you added at least 10# to your former 1-rep heavy single in both the snatch and C&J. Keep at it guys!

  2. Tanner says:

    I can’t wait to see all the big numbers this afternoon. Watching the Olympics has gotten me amped about some weightlifting!

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