Do women require a different approach to strength training?

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  1. Oh Im a guy btw.. incase you were confused by my avatar .. shes just my fantasy woman..
    Suffer now.. and live like a champion later.


  2. Thanks so much for your kind words, really nice to speak with people of a like mind! I currently train alone, so very nice to be around people that understand what it's really about.

    And Mrodz regarding my avatar, I took that only last week of myself, I put it on my facebook profile as was really please with my progress, I mainly got negative comments saying I was going too far. Sometimes you just can't win, I was once too fat, then too thin and now too muscly. Guess it's lucky I don't care what people think or say so much anymore, I have my goals and I definitely ain't gonna change them for anyone!

    Thanks once again and I will definitely try and stick around!
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by Clare View Post
    ...egarding my avatar, I took that only last week of myself, I put it on my facebook profile as was really please with my progress, I mainly got negative comments saying I was going too far. Sometimes you just can't win, I was once too fat, then too thin and now too muscly. Guess it's lucky I don't care what people think or say so much anymore, I have my goals and I definitely ain't gonna change them for anyone!
    Do it for you and no one else, Clare, and never mind what anyone else says as long as you are happy with your physique and what you are doing with it. I get it as well, people telling me it's unnatural to be so lean all the time, preferring me when I am "soft" (aka synonymous to "fat" for me), not liking it when I add muscle mass, saying women are supposed to be "soft and curvy", but the softer and fatter I am, the more I hate my body and so I choose not to be like that - in the end, as long as I am satisfied with my figure, what anyone else thinks is irrelevant. It's your body and your life - ignore the haters (there are always going to be those, and most of the time they are jealous individuals or those who have no ambition) and embrace the support of those who would see you achieve your fitness and figure goals (less than the haters they are valuable indeed, even if you have only one soul who motivates and encourages you).

    Oh, and to AM, with a heaping of Easter Blessings thrown in!

    ~Rosie~
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    "Think like a Champion. Train like a Warrior. Live with a Purpose." - Rosie Chee

  4. Solid post Rosie. Agree 100%.

    And welcome to AM Clare. You are now amongst many wise individuals and we are pleased to have you.
    Suffer now.. and live like a champion later.

  5. I have really enjoyed reading this thread! :-D
    I love lifting heavy, and pushing myself to new limits! I have some decnt muscle but do not consider myself masculine. It really bothers me when I do see women who are curling 5's because they don't want to get bulky. Then I think about it. My irritation comes from there MISINFORMED actions. They do this because they don't know any better.
    You look at women's 'fitness magazines' and it is mostly about getting skinny, not building muscle. Muscle is what gives you shape, makes the curves.
    Women are told to eat low-fat, low cal diets. Where is the protein???!
    Anyway thank you for all those who have replied! It is inspiring and comforting to know that others agree :-D
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by Clare View Post
    I'm new here and was just reading some bits on the forum. I saw this thread and just had to add something! I used to be the type of woman that did a 100 hours of cardio a day and lifted 1.5kg weights doing 100 reps a time. It kept me skinny, but skinny fat. I never ate too much as was always worried about putting on weight. All I can say is I cringe when I look back at it.

    I was unhappy with my progress so I started to educate myself a bit. I started on Jason Furruggia's strength training program. It was hard, very hard to start with as I was so very weak. I went to the gym and felt intimidated by the guys glaring at me taking up 'their' space in the gym. There wasn't one other woman that entered that area, except me. BUT I went to that space every other day and increased my reps or weight every single training session. I advanced, slowly ofc, its hard to go from nothing to where I am right now. I currently am doing 110kg legs presses, 60kg Squats and Deadlifts, I do many of my free weight training with 10/12.5 and 15kg weights. Yes it ain't mega weights, but its progression and my strength is getting there, along with my confidence. Now instead of getting looks of annoyance off the men in the gym, I get nods of acceptance. I also got many negative comments from females, thinking that I would change instantly into some bodybuilding she hulk. Makes me laugh at peoples misconceptions. Yes I lift weights, yes I am getting strong, but I also still look and feel very much like a woman! So I say to any woman concerned about lifting weights, don't be, it really is great and unless you want to turn into a professional bodybuilder, you ain't ever gonna come close!

    Clare
    What a great post! Im also doing strength based training at the moment and really enjoying it, would be interested to see what kinda program youre on, as deadlifts and squats are a part of my routine too. Do you use any supplements/pre workouts?
    Great to see another girl building up strength
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