• Why Women Should Strength Train


      by Nia Shanks Iron Magazine

      Every woman should train for strength and improved performance no matter what her primary goal may be. Yep. Even if you just want to look great naked, you should still train with the goal of getting stronger and improving your performance. Brace yourself for four indisputable reasons why you should focus solely on getting stronger and why doing so will produce the best body transforming results, plus a couple of additional awesome perks.

      #1 Training for Strength is More Motivating and Actually More Fun than what? Than the way most people workout.

      Many trainees go to the gym with two goals in mind – to burn as many calories as possible and to achieve a total state of fatigue.

      After all, if you don’t workout for at least 60 minutes and end up lying on the floor writhing in agony on the verge of puking, you must not have worked out hard enough. Right?

      The popular belief that you must accumulate as much fatigue as possible is terribly flawed. For one, how do you measure fatigue in each session? Do you have to be on the brink of vomiting this time, and then actually puke the next? And two, fatigue is not an accurate indicator of success.

      Plus, it’s not great motivation to keep going to the gym consistently. How excited can you get about completely wearing yourself out each time you enter the gym?

      This is where getting stronger – improving your performance – really shines. It’s much more motivating because you’re focused on something positive – doing a little better than the last time.

      Improved performance is a great indication that you’re doing things correctly. Performing more reps than last time or adding weight to the bar is a sure sign you’re moving in the right direction.

      And, yes, this can actually be fun. When you focus on improving your performance, you’ll become addicted to getting stronger. Setting new personal records and achieving new physical feats is incredibly motivating.

      Once you achieve goals you once thought were impossible, you’ll be left hungry for more and wanting to see what else you’re capable of doing.

      #2 Unleashing Your True Potential By Mindlessly lifting a five pound, pastel colored dumbbell is not empowering, and it certainly won’t unleash your true potential.

      Get Sexy, Toned Arms & Shoulders in just minutes per day using the Shake Weight!! Quote – “I use The Shake Weight every day and my arms have never looked so good, It really works!” – Alex Gerrard.No one has ever said, “OMG, I feel soooo strong and amazing” after doing 20 tricep kickbacks with a three pound dumbbell.

      Contrast that scenario with a woman who does her first set of flawless push-ups. Or a woman who does her first chin-up. Or squats her bodyweight. Or deadlifts 1.5 times her bodyweight. Yeah, that is empowering!

      Progressive strength training with the basic exercises is truly empowering as is being able to dominate your bodyweight via chin-ups, push-ups, and other bodyweight exercises.

      And don’t be discouraged if you currently can’t do a push-up and you’re a strength training beginner http://www.niashanks.com/tutorials/b...ing-for-women/. Heck, we were all beginners at some point! The great news is that you can work your way toward doing things you currently can’t do.

      And, I guarantee you’ll have a tremendous sense of satisfaction and accomplishment as you push yourself in the gym and achieve physical feats you once weren’t able to do.

      That’s another incredible perk to getting stronger – you’ll discover what your body can DO instead of just focusing on how it LOOKS.

      Sure, looking amazing is awesome. But knowing what your awesome body is capable of doing is priceless.

      Next time you’re in the gym, really pay attention to every rep of every exercise. Relish the feeling of your muscles pushing and pulling. Be proud of what you can DO.

      #3 Warning! Side Effects May Include…want to lose excess body fat, sculpt some sexy muscle, and love how you look in and out of (cue the sexy music) your clothes?

      Those are awesome side-effects when you focus on getting stronger and improving your performance.

      When you constantly strive to improve your performance – throw more weight on the bar, do more reps, perform more challenging bodyweight exercises – your body will respond by burning fat, sculpting some muscle, improving insulin sensitivity and a host of other amazing side-effects that impact your health and physique.

      Oftentimes when trainees focus on nothing but getting stronger they achieve the body transforming results (less fat and more sexy muscle) that they were after all along. I can definitely attest to this experience personally, and so can my clients. That is why we focus on improving our performance, and nothing else.

      But guess what? There are even more side-effects that will occur by training for strength.

      #4 Strength Training Builds More Than a Rockin’ Body

      Not only is building a rockin’ body a terrific side-effect from training for strength and improved performance; you’ll also discover some additional perks from progressive strength training.

      Increased self-confidence. I’ve witnessed this with every female client I’ve trained. After a few weeks of getting stronger, adding more weight to the bar, and performing bodyweight exercises, something just seems to click.

      An increase in self-confidence quickly emerges. And not just in the gym, but in everyday life as well. Strength training builds a stronger body AND mind.

      Stress relief. Bad day at work? It won’t be a bid deal after you rip a heavy barbell off the floor a few times. There’s something therapeutic about lifting weights, and it’s a terrific and positive way to alleviate stress.

      Set a positive example for the younger generation. Unfortunately, the diet-until-you’re-super-skinny-and-don’t-eat-much-food is running rampant, and young girls are exposed to this message at a younger age.

      But by showing young girls that the weight on the barbell – and not the scale – is important and they see YOU leading by example, they’ll opt for being strong, confident, and proud instead of striving to reach society’s ideals of “perfection.”

      Here’s Your Call to Action

      Here’s what you can do now.

      Ladies, start focusing purely on improving your performance in the gym. Make it a goal to add weight to the barbell whenever you can. Strive to do a little better each time you workout and focus on what you CAN do and nothing else and you’ll discover what it means to be a Beautiful Badass [link - http://www.niashanks.com/tutorials/b...l-badass-101/]

      Fellas, if your lovely lady is trying to build a better body but isn’t currently applying the information above, get this article in front of her. Chances are she’s tried other methods to build a better body; now she’ll do what works and actually enjoy the journey.

      Source: http://www.ironmagazine.com/2013/4-r...-for-strength/
      Comments 1 Comment
      1. pmdied's Avatar
        pmdied -
        I like how point #1 basically throws CrossFit under the bus. "Exercising till you vomit" is not a measure of success or progress and lying supine on the floor after a billion ****ty kip ups is not the same progress as squatting or dead lifting. Good read for the ladies.

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