Hello friends! I hope everyone has had a fabulous week! Fall is in full swing here and I am loving every second of it! Candice has whipped up some amazing new recipes that are perfect as the weather cools down. I personally can’t wait to try this thai coconut chicken soup or these amazing looking dark chocolate almond butter cups! As I’ve been prepping for an upcoming weightlifting meet and trying to cut weight, my eating has been pretty basic and bland so I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen and come up with some great stuff for you guys! In the meantime, check out the two recipes we’ve released from our #whhpumpkinproject for Primal Palate’s Fall Fest! We’ve put so much into this project and can’t wait to release it! While you’re on Primal Palate make sure to vote for our recipes through 10/28!
Now as most of you know besides food, fitness/CrossFit/weightlifting are huge passions of mine. Today I want to specifically talk about the weightlifting aspect of CrossFit and what the barbell has done for me and other women I know. Today at my gym we did a strictly barbell WOD (workout of the day). It was a 20 min AMRAP of 1 deadlift, 1 hang power clean, 1 front squat, 1 push jerk, men 185/women 125. Now I know not everyone likes a barbell WOD because the weight can be intimidating and I knew nobody in my 9AM class would do that weight. However, each one of the women in my class today picked a challenging weight for them and totally KILLED it, she did far better than the guy that didn’t put a Barbell Collar on tight enough and ended up nearly killing himself. note to self always double check the barbell collars!. As I coached them through this long WOD, I became more inspired with every minute that went by. To me, there’s something empowering about lifting a barbell.
This got me thinking about how much lifting/CrossFit has changed my life. I know, I know that sounds so dramatic but it’s true! Now I’ve always been fairly athletic and always liked being refereed to as “strong” but pre-CrossFit I always thought this meant I was “too bulky” or “too muscular” or that it wasn’t something that was desirable as a woman. It wasn’t until I started CrossFit that I realized being strong is something to be celebrated. Grabbing a hold of the barbell changed me and I never want to go back.
Of course there are still plenty of nay-sayers. I still get questions such as “Aren’t you worried you’ll get too big?” or “Don’t you think you’ll look too manly?” The answer is always a resounding no. A big, fat hell no. I’m excited because I don’t need help carrying heavy luggage, I can grab all my grocery bags in one hall and because I’m always striving toward a new goal.
courtesy of this Buzzfeed article
The last point I want to make is for any woman who is intimidated or scared of lifting weights. Don’t be. The barbell isn’t only for body builders or Olympic lifters or Elite CrossFitter’s. It’s for everyone. Don’t let anyone tell you different. It’s amazing what you can accomplish once you set your mind to it. Your body is capable of more than you ever thought possible. As I’ve mentioned in a previous article about choosing the right CrossFit gym, the coaches will work with you. Nobody is going to throw massive weights on your bar your first week and expect you to lift it. And if they do, then you’re at the wrong gym. So do me a favor and go lift! Let the barbell EMPOWER you.
Don’t just take my word for it, check out these other resources listed below!
Harder to Kill Radio 023: Lift Like a Girl with Girls Gone Wod: Steph Gadreau from Stupid Easy Paleo interviews the girls from Girls Gone WOD
Girls Gone WOD Podcast Homepage: I have recently become obsessed with these girls! They discuss women’s issues in the gym and why you shouldn’t be afraid to lift all while providing laughs and fun environment
Words with Lisbeth: One of my favorite writers, period. While her topics range all over, some of my favorites are about the barbell. Check them out!