The Women’s Program is up and rollin’. Every Tuesday and Thursday 9am at the gym and every Wednesday at 9am in the park for core, cardio and body weight strength in general. When I ask women what their number #1 goal is when it comes to fitness, the answer that comes back is “I want to be able to do a pull-up”. Why is it so hard for women to pull themselves up with their chin over the bar? Something I have thought about a lot. The confidence of not believing in yourself and that you can do it? Or the competence of not knowing how to do it? The lack of exposure? The lack of knowledge in understanding the value of actually pull yourself up. The lack of understanding value of grip strength and how it can translate into other areas of life, like carrying your groceries or picking up your kid. All of it is probably true.
Many women believe you’ll get bulky by strength training or working upper body. That is complete bullshit. I do strength training weekly, including pull-ups and I am not bulky and my body weight is stabile around 125lbs. I work with over 40 women weekly, both in group classes and privately. My women do strength training weekly and I would argue that the strength training has only improved their quality of life. But still most women (and men too) lack the ability to do one single pull-up. If you have been a student at the gym – for more than a year, and been consistent in your training, there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to do a pull-up. In other words: you should absolutely do a pull-up or the progression on how to do a pull-up hasn’t been delivered to you by the coach. Let’s change that. I promise to work my butt off for you if you show up for me. And we will work on your confidence and competence and nail that pull-up by the end of this year.
Great job to all the women and girls that came to our outdoor class today! It was awesome!
– Coach Charlotte
Minute 1: 3-5 Squat Cleans
Minute 2: 10-12 Bar Facing Burpees