Feb 24 2015

How Strong Should A Woman Be?

It’s rare that you hear this talked about anywhere – in fact even the most respected of strength coaches like Charles Poliquin will reference mens strength standards, without taking the time to cite the female equivalent. So, can you really blame us women for not having a real understanding of…

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It’s rare that you hear this talked about anywhere – in fact even the most respected of strength coaches like Charles Poliquin will reference mens strength standards, without taking the time to cite the female equivalent.

So, can you really blame us women for not having a real understanding of what is ‘acceptable’, or what we should be aspiring to when it comes to being physically strong?

Let me rewind for just one second; most of you who have read my blogs and articles before, will know that getting strong will take you far along the curve to getting the body you’ve always desired. Getting strong will not automatically turn you into the She Hulk! Go and look up Amanda Harris, aka Barbie Barbell (19 times world powerlifting champion) if you don’t believe me.

So, here is my take on what you should be shooting for when it comes to your time in the gym – and trust me, there isn’t a pink dumbbell in sight 😉 I fully expect that some of these numbers will shock some of you – but I’m sure many of you will also be excited by the challenge.

Here’s the real deal – most women move better than almost any guy I’ve ever trained. On the whole, we can squat deep, shoulder press and press up without any shoulder or mobility issues. This is a MASSIVE advantage.  There’s nothing holding up back….so there really is no excuse for not hitting the numbers above. I will tell you honestly – most of my lifts are somewhere between the ‘good’ and the ‘great’ mark – I am aspiring to get them all to great. That’s how I challenge myself week after week in the gym.

Now, the only difference between us and our male counterparts is the starting point. What’s really holding us back is societies perception of us as the weaker sex; that it’s not ladylike or ‘proper’ to throw big weights around. But, times are changing  – whether you love or hate Crossfit, it has done wonders for bringing strong, powerful women as role models into the lime light.

So, help us spread the word, and tell your friends and loved ones how they can improve their health, self-confidence and body shape by setting some serious strength goals. They’ll thank you once the gains start 🙂

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