If you guys didn't see, I posted a bit of a rant on my Instagram story last week. I was more than upset about an experience I had with a friend at her local gym. Recently I was asked by said friend to set her up with some workouts because she just didn't feel like what she was doing was working for her. Obviously I accepted because I love helping people reach their health/ fitness goals and felt super excited that she wanted my input.
But let me just tell you this women's only gym pissed me off. I was quite upset by one specific characteristic. They only offered up to 35lb dumbbells. Nothing heavier.
This upset me for 1 of 2 reasons. For one the idea that women don't need more than 35 lb. dumbbells and two that there wasn't even the option to try a heavier weight even if you wanted to...stifling.
Side note: don't get me wrong I understand the want for a women's only gym, and truthfully I have nothing against this. I understand that working out among men can feel intimidating, and working out around your peers can be a bit easier and even motivating... but here we are again. MOTIVATING, if women feel more comfortable around other women in a gym type environment don't you think they will be a bit more likely to pick up a little heavier weight to test it out?
I want to put this into a little perspective for people reading.
I would consider myself pretty strong for my frame, but no where near what I am capable of and where I want to be. So lets see what I use for weights
35lbs is the weight that I use when I do dumbbell rows, sets of 8.
150 lbs is the weight that I use to deadlift.
70lbs is the weight that I use to rear-foot elevated split squat.
I don't throw these numbers up to boast about myself or how fit I am, how much I can lift etc. That is 100% not my point. My point is to empower you! To tell women everywhere that:
YOU ARE CAPABLE.
I am a 5 foot tall fit person who has been working out consistently for 2 years. At the beginning of my fitness journey my dumbbell rows were only at 20 lbs. and that's ok but here I am 2 years later using 35 lbs because that's what's called progress. Everyone progresses if they stick with it, and I know the women that attend this gym can too.
It just makes me upset for these women because I feel like they're shoved into this little square that another person decided was their potential.
At least give them the choice of how/ what they want to achieve. Basically those 35 lb weights said you're only capable of lifting 35 lbs so that's what we will give you and nothing more.
Like what? stop and think about that. What happens when 35lbs becomes too light? What happens when 70lbs becomes to light? Because trust me it will if you're working out consistently to lose weight, get back in shape, become your best self! whatever reason, you can and will be able to lift more weight than that at some point in your fitness journey.
The bottom line in writing this post is to let women everywhere know that they are capable of more than what female fitness stereotypes perceive us to be. We can lift more than 35 lbs. and do the same workout as the fit man beside us. I want women to feel inspired and educated, to stand up for being a woman and being damn strong...I mean we do carry and push out babies so if that's not saying something I DONT KNOW WHAT IS!
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