Monday, May 9, 2011

Women Need Strength More Than Men

This lady has a way with words! I like her message and how she presents it.  A martial arts instructor that  I trained with in the 80s said "Too much work makes you sick, too little work makes you weak."  The commonest of common sense, but how many of us, or our friends, do anything to solve the obvious problems of physical frailty?  So something!  If you can't get yourself to CrossFit, lift weights at a real gym.  If that's not an option, work on body weight circuits.  Try P90X.  If all of that's out of the question, jog two days a week and run sprints two days a week (kids love to race!).  
More options: Get a sandbag and work with it.  Tie a rope to something heavy and drag it.  Set up a cheap pullup bar and do a pullup each time you walk under it; or buy a set of rings and hang them for pullups and dips.  Mix your sprints, sand bag drags/carrying and pullups with different reps and durations and time your workouts and you are doing CrossFit without knowing it.  The amount of progress you can make with 10 minutes of warm up and skill work and ten minutes of blood sweat and tears doing workouts like these will change your life.

OK, so the point of what follows is how essential strength training is for ladies, but it ain't going to do gents any less good.

Increased self-esteem and decreased depression - Studies show that women who engage in a regular resistance training program report feeling confident and capable as a result of their training. Additionally, a Harvard study found that 10 weeks of strength training reduced clinical depression symptoms more successfully than standard counseling.

Women have 10-30 times less of the hormones that affect muscle-building. If it were that easy to get huge every guy on the beach would have massive biceps. But you don't see that. You see skinny dudes, fat guys and the men that you can tell lift hard, eat well and put in the years of hard work that goes into getting and maintaining a built physique. Getting stronger will make your life easier; picking up your children, putting heavy boxes in the attic, carrying your luggage, and even lugging laundry baskets up and down stairs. Life just gets easier when you're stronger. Start opening pickle jars for him.

Improved performance - You can use your imagination here. You are more ready willing and able for everything when you are stronger and in better overall shape. Whether you love to run with your dog, ski, surf, hike, golf, swim or have rowdy sex, performance increases relative with your strength and fitness.
Decreased risk of injury and chronic muscle aches - The best treatment for injury is prevention. Strength training not only builds lean muscle but also develops stronger connective tissue and increased joint stability. Get stronger throughout your whole body and enjoy the energy, balance and coordination that come with it. I can't tell you how many times I've worked with women and men that described themselves as having bad backs, knees, shoulders etc.and chalked it up to old injuries, pregnancy, and new strains that just won't go away.  The differences were always dramatic and even life changing. Get mobile, get stronger and get back to me.

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