Why Women Weightlifters Are So Badass
Written by Jaimie Bougie
If you walk into any gym, CrossFit or barbell club, on any given day, there’s a good chance that you’ll see some women slingin’ weights.
Man. What a time to be alive!
This blog is dedicated to all the women who want to be strong and badass, no matter what society (or dudes) have to say about it. If you’re a dude - keep reading. You might learn something.
Here are my Top 3 Reasons why Women Weightlifters are so badass!
Men like to joke that the real victims of a woman’s PMS is themselves; I mean, they truly suffer when they are on the receiving end of our cranky, bitchy, carb-craving moods, right? But what I don’t think men realize is exactly what’s happening to us at any given week in a month when it comes to our hormones.
I won’t get into any gross details but there are two things that men never have to deal with that plague us each month: fatigue and weight fluctuation. To the average woman, these things are annoying but tolerable. But to a woman who is a weightlifter, having to hit her percentages on the platform and hit her weight on the scale week in and week out in order to compete to her full potential, this is an absolute nightmare.
Men, imagine you are five days out from a meet and you wake up and all of sudden, you are anywhere from 1kg to even as much as 5kg heavier than when you went to sleep the night before. And there’s nothing you can do about it. Complete nightmare.
Plus, there’s that one week window each month when our hormones naturally drop to their lowest levels. When those babies plummet, so do our energy levels; which means that even trying to hit 75% of our lifts can feel like a complete grind. And again, there’s not enough coffee in the world to bring those energy levels back up.
So keep grindin’, ladies and try to resist the urge to yell at the guy on the platform next to you when he asks if you want him to clean the barbell you just dropped back up onto the rack for you.
There’s nothing more embarrassing for a woman than to hit some heavy squats or a heavy clean, and then look down to find some drops of pee on the platform. Especially when she’s lifting with a bunch of men around her.
Pelvic floor disorders (PFD), while not normal, are not uncommon in today’s society. Studies show that 33% of women in the US have some form of PFD. As if PRing your back squat isn’t hard enough, some of us now have to worry about our weightlifting belt being pulled too tight and pushing against our bladder while we lift.
You’re probably saying to yourself, “Why don’t you guys just go pee before the lift?”. Oh trust, we do. Sometimes we go between every single set. It doesn’t always help.
So the next time you are going for that PR and you look down to see a few drops of pee on the platform - just brush it off and keep lifting. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. (Just remember to clean it up - hygiene first!)
As much as we say that we are proud of our muscles and proud of our strength, it still cuts us down when people see our physique and say that we look “like a man” or “bulky” or that we have “big arms”. I once had a guy say to me on a first date that he was surprised that I didn’t like rowing because I was a “bigger girl”. I know he didn’t say it to be mean; he said it so matter of factly, like being referred to as a “bigger girl” was a normal, totally justifiable thing.
Sure, there are men who get picked up when it’s clear they’ve been skipping leg day or if their biceps look deflated. I’m definitely not saying men are not victims to social norms; however, I’ve seen some pretty nasty things said to some of my more muscular girlfriends by both men and women who believe women shouldn’t have muscle, and it’s been awhile since I’ve seen anything hateful said about a man’s physique.
Girls, just remember that there will always be haters out there. Try to take the high road and don’t engage in any online keyboard battles with the trolls. You’re not PRing any lifts for them - you’re doing it for your badass self.
Keep slingin’ those weights ladies!
Walk into any gym these days, be it a CrossFit box, Olympic Lifting gym, or even your standard Gold’s Gym, and you’ll see a variety of different weightlifting belts being used. For those new to lifting, you might wonder if you should be using a belt at all, while others who have been lifting for a few years now might be considering switching from velcro to leather.
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