Me: “Breast Cancer Awareness Month is not about boobs”
Dude: “Please. If it’s not about boobs, then what’s it about? (smirks)”
Me: “PEOPLE. Helping really sick PEOPLE.
This is hilarious, lol.
To be honest, I rarely see women with those tiny dumbbells anymore but I have a sneaking suspicion they’re still getting used (they’re always restocking at my local fitness store). Many women still use them because it’s easier, they’re scared of lifting heavier or because that’s all they have at hand.
When you have access to heavier equipment, you’ll use it. It’s one thing to want to lift heavier. It’s another to make it happen.
Ladies of the at-home fitness crowd, I urge you: go for it! If the thought of a LOT heavier scares you, just a little heavier is fine. For now. :)
I won’t preach about how heavy or what you should or shouldn’t aim for (and wholeheartedly concede that MANY DVD programs call for lighter weights/endurance work - they do serve a purpose). But I will say that if your weights are under 8lbs AND you’ve been using the same ones for over 3 months (or years. Yup, it happens), it’s time to spend the money and invest in something HEAVIER.
It’s a stepping stone. A gateway “drug”.
Dear NY Times, your article is silly. (And may inadvertently be reinforcing the stereotypes that women can’t (and shouldn’t) expect more of themselves).
I know a few ladies (and fellas) who’d STRONGLY disagree!
Pullups are hard, and yes, maybe a little harder for women. We (shocker) generally have less muscle mass in our arms. You also don’t have to be able to do a pullup to be in crazy shape: plenty of very fit people can’t do pullups. But last time I checked, you don’t need a penis to get your chin to the bar.
"Why don’t men get cellulite?"
I get this question a lot, so I thought I’d settle it once and for all!