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A message to the ladies out there looking to get strong!

A message to the ladies out there looking to get strong!

To be honest, I don't know what strength training will look like on you.

 

The truth is you'll never look exactly like me... you're not ME. You don't have my body type, my frame, my genetics, my exact training routine, my exact diet, my ability to recovery, my hormonal profile, etc.

 

There are a LOT of factors that dictate what our bodies look like, particularly how they respond to stimulus (lifting weights, running long distances, sprinting, etc).

But I don't want you to look like me.. I want you to look like YOU - The best version of you.

 

So when women ask me "will lifting weights add muscle mass to my body?" I answer "i hope so!!"

You may build muscle easier than some people depending on your body type, genetics and diet. You have to eat and workout specifically to GROW. 

Many women have an irrational fear of strength training because they think they're going to get huge.
Sigh... if only it was THAT easy. Knock out some deadlifts and presses and BAM!

 

IN 3 WEEKS TIME YOU'LL BE BURDENED WITH HIYUUGE BOULDER SHOULDERS AND THUNDER THIGHS. YOU'LL LOOK WEIRD AND MANLY IN ALL OF YOUR CLOTHES. AND YOU'LL ACCIDENTALLY CRUSH EVERYTHING YOU HOLD WITH YOUR NEWLY DEVELOPED MAN HANDS.

 

Come on ladies. Yes, you will (hopefully!!) develop some muscle (you know, the stuff the girly magazines tell you to "tone"). 

Is that really a bad thing? Firm butts, shapely thighs and cut arms? 

 

Here is my promise: YOU WILL NOT ACCIDENTALLY DEVELOP SIGNIFICANT MUSCLE MASS.

It takes some serious work and dedication to develop muscle mass, especially for women. We don't have the hormonal profiles of men that allow them to develop muscle mass easier.

 

You gotta do the work, work, work, work, work, work, work.

 

Honestly, 9 times out of 10 the women who are concerned with this irrational hugeness don't have the genetics or discipline to add such mass. So don't worry about it toots 

What I can tell you is all of the other amazing benefits you will DEFINITELY develop from strength training...

- Confidence. I've never seen anything that builds confidence and a positive self image in women more than strength training. Hands down. You rip weight off of the floor that you initially thought was impossible or finally get your first strict pushup or pullup... you'll feel like you're on top of the world! You're empowered by your abilities. 
You become a capable and useful person when you're strong. You can move your own furniture, carry all of the bags from the car, pick up your children without hurting yourself, etc. You can tackle tasks and challenges that LIFE presents to you.

- Having a performance based goal to increase your deadlift and squat or improve your 400m run vs. trying to burn as many calories as possible while doing cardio requires two totally different mindsets. Focusing on your performance is a far more positive approach to your fitness than only trying lose weight, burn calories or punish yourself for eating certain things. I use my food to BUILD, I use my food to improve my performance. I use my food to see what my body can do. I workout to be MORE, not LESS. 

- As a strong woman, I'm confident that I'm a less appealing target for scumbags who try to take advantage of women. You better believe I'll be able to put up one hell of a fight if attacked. Same goes for protecting my child. Don't fuck with my child, or any child in my presence. I would do everything in my power to destroy your world.

- Speaking of small children, what if a book shelf or something heavy were to fall on top of your child? Could you pick it up to save them? Could you use your strength and power to sprint after them if they decided to take off towards a busy street? Having the strength and power to react accordingly in those scenarios could mean the difference of a positive or negative outcome. 

Strength presents itself in all different shapes and sizes. It is not something to be feared or avoided... strength is beautiful, healthy and empowering.

 

-Nicole Race, owner of Elevate



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