Posts Tagged with "motivation"

Health and Fitness Gone Bad – When It Degrades Women, And What We Can Do About It

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I was once told that my Lift Like a Girl t-shirt was degrading. That the whole lift like a girl manifesto was degrading to women.

I took the statement for the ignorant comment it was, laughed it off, and went about my day. But later on I couldn’t help but think about the messages that are still, unfortunately, being spread in the world of women’s fitness. The ideas, statements, and philosophies that are degrading.

Such as . . .

Telling women they should never lift more than five pounds or else they’ll risk losing a “feminine physique” and not live up to society’s standards and labels. (Even though groceries, children, and purses women pick up on a daily basis easily surpass this five pound limit, but they neglect … Click to continue reading

What’s Your Excuse? (Why This is a Stupid Question and What to Ask Instead)

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There was a picture floating around the social media world with the question, “What’s your excuse?” posed to the reader.

The photo was of a mom and her kiddos and, in essence, the picture stated she was a busy, working mom but was still able to build and maintain a great looking body.

“What’s your excuse?” was being asked to those who can’t, or haven’t, been able to do what she has done. She works, takes care of her children, doesn’t get a ton of sleep, but still looks great. So, why don’t you is the question she asks.

But here’s the problem: asking “What’s your excuse?” is the wrong question.

While it motivated some people to start a health and fitness regimen, it came off … Click to continue reading

You’re Stronger Than You Think You Are

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I get it, really I do.

Sometimes (not for most Lift Like a Girl readers, but definitely women who start strength training for the first time) the thought of lifting a heavy barbell is intimidating.

Some women think (or have been brainwashed into believing) they’ll never be able to do chin-ups without any assistance.

Perhaps a double bodyweight (or more?) deadlift is out of reach or too hefty of a goal to strive for.

But, and here’s the important thing – you’re much stronger than you think you are.

You’re capable of much more than you realize.

We had a conversation on the Lift Like a Girl Facebook page the other day about this very topic, and here is what a fellow Lift Like a Girl … Click to continue reading