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.
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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>.

Jennifer R. and Marcie in the 715am Strength & Conditioning class debunking the myths with each heavy set.

CrossFit
8 rounds
Snatch Grip High Pull x 5 (155lbs/105lbs)
Rest 1 minute

3 sets for completion
20 Hanging Knee Raise
25 Flutter Kicks (3 count)

Olympic Weightlifting
Rest day

5 thoughts on “Strong Is The New (and Old) Sexy

  1. Amanda W says:

    I love the mentality of our guys in the gym. I even heard a few of them say it – “yea, you may look good but what do you squat?” Never in my life would I have thought my clean and jerk number would be more impressive than my bra size. Props to the men in the gym who choose to ignore the same stereotype we fight. You guys are awesome.

  2. Sara Clark says:

    I absolutely still shop for heels…. my shoe shopping budget has merely expanded as a result of my strength training. 🙂 That aside, great post. From a former (very dedicated) skinny elliptical chick, it takes time and a lot of encouragement to change your own ideas of beauty, and our gym is never lacking in that department.

    Come play with us at the beach today guys! On FB at Wilmington BeachFit –invite your friends (I’m trying to recruit some of my co-workers) so we have a good group out there.

  3. Gloria says:

    I also admit I still buy high heels….BUT, far fewer. CrossFit changed my lifestyle and thus I have very few opportunities for which to wear the heels. What’s even better is that for some reason, $120 on oly shoes is easier for my husband to swallow than $120 on high heels. Hehe…it’s a much more beautiful life!

    P.S. There should def be a “like” button, cuz Amanda is absolutely on the money right!

  4. Scott S says:

    Props to my girls Marcie and Jennifer – they get after it! Heck, props to all the girls who are picking up the heavy stuff. For anyone who sees us on the racks, come give it a try. We all have structural imbalances that are keeping us from better form and bigger numbers. With all the isolation exercises we are doing it becomes very obvious what you need to work on. I have seen a huge improvement in the last month while getting whipped by 30 lb dumbbells. Props to Thomas as well for all the coaching.

    And yes, Amanda, we are checking out your numbers – the ones on those big plates you are putting on the bar! Really proud of all of you.

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