Last week I bought a magazine called Glamour. Now I gave up buying women magazines about a year ago and both my bank balance and my attitude towards my body has thanked me. However this issue had a free nail polish and I do love nail polish. Whilst flicking through the magazine I came across this bit of advice:
"I prefer to keep the weights low" (the "celebrity" personal trainer advocates 3lbs) which apparently will "create more of a woman's body - sensual and sexy, but strong"
The above were quotes not journalistic interpretation.
Well I call bullshit. To get strong you need to lift weights, and you need to lift heavy weights, constantly challenging your body so it will change.
Here is what heavy weights for woman can do
- Actually make you strong.
- Help keep your bones healthy and decrease the risk of osteoporosis.
- Increase confidence.
- Make your shoulders & arms look shapely in sleeveless tops.
- Enable you to carry either your drunk mate or your sleeping child/grandchild upstairs to bed (depending on which stage you are in life!)
- Help you lose or maintain weight. You'll keep burning calories AFTER you have finished your weight session.
And here is what doing heavy weights as a woman won't do.
- Make you bulky
- Make you a man
- Make you unsexy, unsensual, weak
- Frighten men (well it might but that's their problem not yours)
This goes for whether you are 20 or 80 years of age.
For an awesome post about 6 female Strength Training Myths Busted read Nia Shanks blog, who can deadlift 330lbs and is neither big nor bulky.
Articles like these are dangerous, women read them and believe that all they need to do is follow the advice and they will be able to replicate their favourite celebrity body. It is very rare that in such articles nutrition, lifestyle or genes are mentioned, which results in a skewed perspective rather then the full picture.
There are no downsides to doing heavy weights (as long as your form is correct!), how can anyone argue against exercise which actually makes you strong and helps prevent ageing?
Being strong and healthy IS sexy, there are no buts about it.