By the looks of my Facebook timeline, there seems to be a growing number of women that are becoming passionate about lifting weights. They are taking the time to learn how to properly execute the squat, deadlift, and pull-up, along with other compound movements and working them into their training repertoire. This absolutely thrills me because of the myriad of benefits that a solid strength training program can provide to people, both in and out of the gym.
However, I have also noticed another growing trend on the ol’ Facebook timeline: A plethora of people bashing and belittling others for doing certain exercises or activities, ranging anywhere from bicep curls and lateral raises to distance running or Zumba. Can’t we all just get along?
“I deadlifted a new max tonight while the dude next to me did bicep curls. What a loser!”
I participated in and taught Group Fitness classes for years and years and I don’t regret a single moment of it. In fact, I’m grateful for those experiences and it’s some of the most fun I’ve ever had at the gym. While my personal opinion is that Group Fitness likely won’t deliver most people the body of their dreams, it does have many upsides.
Neil has accused me on occasion of having what is known as “fuck-around-itis” in the gym. Well… guilty as charged. “Fuck-around-itis” is to workout with out a set plan or any rhyme or reason. Granted, this isn’t the most effective path to take for strength or performance gains but OCCASIONALLY it makes me happy, and that, my friends, is my top priority. Some days I go in and pull a 250lb deadlift, but other days I go in and do circuits that you better believe includes bicep curls or lateral raises. Sometimes a girl just needs to sweat, get a good pump, and feel the delicious rush of endorphins.
If somebody asks me my opinion on what is more effective – x, y, or z – I’ll be happy to give them my input. But until then, as long as you’re taking the time to do something, whether it be squats, bicep curls, leg extensions or cardio kickbox, then you have my support. Agian, my apologies for any disheartening comments I may have spoken in the past.
Balzie Fitness Cookies – (approprtiate for the clown on the BOSU and a elite lifter at the squat rack)
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup almond butter
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tbsp carob chips
2 tbsp dried raspberries
1/4 tsp baking powder
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Combine ingredneints, and form into 12 balls.
3. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Store in a sealed tupperwear container to enure a moist cookie.
MACROS – calories:49 – fat:2g – carbs:7g – protein:1g
With love from the Trench kitchen,