I like to lift weights and I like to feel strong. I was talking to a trainer today about helping me with my routine and she instantly said, "Oh, well you don't want to lift too much because of course you'll want the long lean look." For one I'm short and curvy and have never been long and lean in my life.
Second, my goal for this year is to be able to do one armed pushups and that doesn't figure into her idea of a woman weight training. Of course, I won't be using her services.
Then I hear the women at the gym muttering about women who use the "man" weights in hushed tones.
I don't want to be like a female body builder because I'm definitely not that disciplined but I do want to be strong. So what's your view? Do you think women should stick with the long lean look or is it okay for them to use the "man" weights?
I don't think women should stick with the 'long lean look' and yes, it's okay to use the 'man weights.' If your goal is to do a one armed pushup (I've tried doing that and it resulted in me falling on my face and laughing at myself) do what it takes to get there. Find a trainer that will work with your goals. That shocks me that a personal trainer said you don't want to life too much. Anyone with professional knowledge knows that just because you use weights does not mean you will turn into a bodybuilder. Check out this great article titled,
You Will Not Look Like a Bodybuilder.
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