Thursday, September 29, 2011

Women and Strength Training

Marilou Dozois-Prevost
Lately the topic of strength training for women has had a lot of discussion on the web. Rather than repeat it all, I'll make just a couple comments and then point my readers to some other more in-depth articles and websites.

First, lifting weights will NOT make a woman look bulky. Developing large muscles takes a sustained, deliberate effort and won't happen for a woman by accident. Second, there is a definite sense of empowerment gained from doing really hard exercise and feeling the increase in strength not available from the light weights and undemanding training typically marketed to women.

Some great articles

Strong AND Feminine

Why weight training is the beauty prescription Women need the most.

Strong is the new Black…or have you not heard?

Weight Training / Kettlebell Workouts for Women & Six Pack Abs Secrets Revealed by Neghar Fonooni

Skinny Fat (a guy wrote this one, and it shows, but the information is very good)

Websites of more awesome women

Neghar Fonooni

Jen Comas Keck

Melody Schoenfeld

Marianne Kane

Kellie Davis

As a trainer, I'm proud to help women discover they can be physically strong, and don't need the limits placed on them by the mainstream "fitness" industry and many trainers.