You’ve heard the latest trendy saying “strong is the new skinny”. Marsha Christensen gets credit for the term. Her blog is a motivational spot for ladies who’ve chosen a strong lifestyle. Albeit a funny anecdote, it does point to the increased popularity of strength training among women. But more so, it signals a notable change in women’s perception of beauty. No longer are the ladies in the gym relegated to silly swiss ball exercises and elliptical machines. Girls are jacking weight in gyms all over. They are over the cosmo anorexic look. They are adding muscle and leaning out, leaving the hours of skinny-fat cardio for the weak and frail. Instead of shopping for heels, they’re buying lifting shoes and knee wraps. The strength they build in the gym translates to confidence outside it. It is not only physically healthy, but mentally healthy. I enjoy watching all people get stronger and healthier. But there is something extra gratifying witnessing a women overcome all the BS pressures placed on them from an early age to look a certain way, diet a certain way, and even think a certain way… typically all very unhealthy ways.
While the majority of women may still be eating yogurt and a bagel for breakfast, it is changing. Fortunately.
So yeah, strong may be the new skinny, strong is simply strong and the ladies who’ve figured it out have also figured out it isn’t the heels that make their legs and butt look better.
Strength Training For Women:
Debunking the Myths That Block Opportunity
William P. Ebben, MS, MSSW, CSCS; Randall L. Jensen, PhD
In Brief: Traditional gender roles and differences in absolute strength have resulted in misconceived approaches to strength training for women. Male physiology, more than hormones, explains men’s superior absolute strength. When other measures of strength are used, such as strength relative to cross-sectional area of muscle, the strength of men and women is nearly equal. Women who practice the same well-designed strength training programs as men benefit from bone and soft-tissue modeling, increased lean body mass, decreased fat, and enhanced self-confidence. Read entire article <here>.
Snatch Grip High Pull x 5 (155lbs/105lbs)
Rest 1 minute
3 sets for completion
20 Hanging Knee Raise
25 Flutter Kicks (3 count)