Women Lifting Weights – Is It For You?
Today we want to discuss women lifting weights and is it for you? Well, we say absolutely yes and here is some history for you.
Everything seems to be constantly changing in our world. From technology to the latest diet trends to the most popular workout fad at the time, it’s hard to keep track and know better from best.
On the not-so-positive side, we are also living in a world where things best unseen or untold are plastering the news. Whether it’s the latest crime or an early death due to disease, there are things we can do to better and protect ourselves.
Some may argue that being a female already puts women in a disadvantageous state. Whether it’s with regard to careers, gender roles or even strength, we can argue until we’re blue in the face, but where does that leave us?
We have to take what we’re given and optimize it as best we can. While we may already view ourselves as mentally or emotionally strong, becoming physically strong can enhance our lives to unexplainable degrees. Why?
Let’s take a look at Women Lifting Weights:
Power– Ever go shopping somewhere and buy something heavy or just have too many bags to carry at once because of the weight? This will probably happen less and less until it’s not happening at all once you gain strength through training. The next time a man asks you if he can carry that heavy item out to your car for you, you’ll be saying “I got this!”
Respect– A woman who is very clearly physically strong will turn heads and demand respect. Walk into a room with a strong physique and you will silently demand attention. Strong women are rare. Strong men are everywhere. The reactions are nowhere near the same. Stand out without even speaking. Let your strength do the talking.
Better Health– Increases in muscle mass are closely related to a ton of health benefits. If we fall, we are less likely to get injured due to the muscle protecting our bones. Our metabolisms work harder at rest with the more muscle we have. As if just feeling and looking better wasn’t enough!
Feeling Safer– I am sure every woman has experienced a time where they felt unsafe around a strange man. Whether it’s walking to your car alone at night or just being at home by yourself, it happens. The stronger you become and the more aware you are of your strength, the safer you will feel. You will know you can hold your own if worse comes to worse.
Ladies, it’s time we take what we have and make it even better. We may never be equal to or as strong as men, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try our hardest!
Women Lifting Weights Throughout History
Think of the word strength training and chances are most people are quick to first associate this sport with men.
Even now, in the 21st century, lifting weights has a stigma of being a man’s sport. It’s hard to imagine how women ever became a driving force in the world of slinging iron.
Weightlifting has been an Olympic sport since 1896.
However, it wasn’t until 1987 (just twenty-seven years ago) that women were allowed to compete in this Olympic sport. To date, the Olympic weightlifting sport has eight male weight classes and seven female. Talk about coming a long way!
In the late 1800’s, females were viewed as weak and fragile. While there were a few women who tried to break into the world of being strong, it was viewed as unacceptable and the whole idea was shocking and frowned upon. Around the 1930’s, medical professionals and the general population alike believed exercise was detrimental to women’s health and that women were instead to use their energy on taking care of the house and raising children.
It wasn’t until the 1970’s that women gained recognition and acceptance in the world of fitness. During an era of feminism unbridled, women were starting to really recognize their strength (both physical and internal).
As this strength became recognized, confidence increased. Although women were feeling good, society was still a bit hesitant to accept this new reality. In the 1980’s women’s bodybuilding was finally being accepted by the media and population alike, perhaps out of curiosity more than anything.
Although we are in the 21st century, there is still hesitation when it comes to women and weightlifting. Those who are against it argue that women aren’t made to be strong and muscular. Although there are women who now dominate the world of bodybuilding, strongman and powerlifting, it would be incorrect to say that women do not face resistance.
Perhaps in another decade or so, a new article will be written about strength training for women in a much more positive and accepted light. So long as women band together, believe in themselves and others, and keep pushing for what they equally deserve, the tables will eventually turn.
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Women lifting weights is essential for health, power, and peace of mind!