Aug 17, 2023
What’s up, ladies?
I’ve been in and around the gym for my whole life. I remember hitting up one of those big “health clubs” in the early 80’s, where the men wore stringers and lifted heavy whilst the women wore leotards and leg warmers to their step aerobics class… IF they went to the gym at all. Oftentimes they’d stay home, donning the same leotard and “work out” along to their Jane Fonda or Richard Simmons VHS tape. There might have been a 5% exception, with a select few ladies in the mix amongst the men at the gym, mostly using Nautilus machines.
I’d like to say a lot has changed, but unfortunately… it just fucking hasn’t. Walk into any gym in 2023, and you’ll see dudes lifting weights with a few ladies in the mix, but most of the women are on the treadmill or the elliptical, doubling down on cardio… or they’re in those classrooms where Zumba and spin classes have replaced the aerobics classes.
Well, there are a handful of reasons… and this isn’t necessarily theory. I’ve never been a woman, and I’ve only been accused of such once, but that was on the phone with a customer service representative and I had a bad cold. I kind of sounded like an elderly, Jewish, chain-smoking lady who hails from New York. You know the stereotype. Anyway, I’m not a chick, so I asked a whole bunch of people who identify as such and they overwhelmingly gave the same answers…
There are a veritable host of reasons…
Doing excessive cardio without lifting is harming you. I went into detail on this here as it applies to runners, but the sentiment is true across all populations. Do SOME cardio, but lift MOOOOAAAR!
Plus, lifting weights IS cardio. Cardiovascular and muscular endurance come largely from your heart rate being in Zone 2, which is 60-70% of your maximum heart rate. If you’re lifting weights properly, you’ll spend much of your time in this area. It’s far better than the no-man’s (no-woman’s in this case) land of Zone 3 and Zone 4 you’ll be in during a spin class. That gives you all of the heart damage and risk without any benefits. Stay in Zone 2 and Zone 5. More on this here.
It’s critical for hormone balance. Lifting heavy, in conjunction with adequate, QUALITY sleep, midday sun, and a proper nose-to-tail diet sets you up for long-term hormone health. This helps with general health and well-being, body fat optimization, cycle health, and a lot more.
Longevity… Strength and muscle, according to longevity experts like Dr. Peter Attia and Dr. Gabrielle Lyon, is the number one factor for reducing all cause mortality. It staves off Alzheimer’s, heart disease, some cancers, and makes you infinitely more resilient in accidents like falls or car wrecks.
So LIFT, ladies. Please. If you don’t know where to begin, email me. We’ve got workout programs for everyone from beginners to seasoned professionals. We can customize workouts to suit your pursuits or your limitations. And it’s FREE, so there’s no excuses.