The Belgian born Athleta Van Huffelen was, like her contemporaries, a true show-woman. When her career began at age 18 in 1886, rather than simply lift standard weights on the stage, she hefted grown horses, heavy barrels, and members of the audience, and bent horseshoes and railroad spikes. A signature part of her act was waltzing with three men balanced on her shoulders. Once in front of witnesses, she lifted 204 pounds over her head one-armed, a personal record. In addition, she was a top female wrestler who competed with other women, and by the standards of the day was thought a stunning beauty. Later, the act included her daughters Anna, Brada, and Louise, who also did strength stunts. In 1908, shortly after her retirement, Athleta’s biceps still measured more than 16 inches. After their mother left the stage, the three daughters continued performing at the Folies Bergère in Paris.
“Sitting in an office all day cranking out daily work for a paycheck. Eight to ten hours a day given to someone else for money. Time in my life that I will never get back. Watching the clock, pushing my self five. The gym is where I get that time back, one set at a time. Pushing myself beyond what I thought my limits were. Twenty second sets one after the other that’s time given back to me. This time spent is not for my family or my rich ass boss or the girl on her cell phone next to me. These minutes are mine.
Only I can use this time not to make money to pay the mortgage, this time is spent paying the dues owed when you push that last forced rep. A minute at a time, each plate, each rep gives me back my life that I give away to others everyday. The sounds of the gym blot out everything from the hours past. The fatigue sickness in my stomach keeps me moving, rep after rep, set after set, minute after minute telling me I am alive and this is my time. When the sets are done and I can give nothing more, its time for me to return to the life given to others. I will return the next day to claim the minutes that are mine….This is Animal and it lives inside me every minute of everyday.”
– Taylor Herbert, Plano, TX (Animal Pak)
There are countless benefits of strength training for women including: improved body composition, toned butt muscles and overall sexier physique, decreased risk of diseases and injury, and more!
Women have been brought up to believe that lifting weights will make them too big. This is simply untrue as women do not have the necessary hormones to develop huge amounts of muscle mass. Women who lift weights don’t get bulkier unless they deliberately do so with the use of “supplements”.
Too often do I see women in the gym with so much potential for beautiful physiques. Too often do I see these women waste their time and potential doing endless hours of cardio. I just wish they could get the message! — that lifting weights will make them sexier, stronger, and healthier!
Train like a Man, Look Like a Goddess! What are you waiting for ladies? – go lift some heavy stuff!
“Our mission is to inspire and empower women everywhere to get stronger mentally, physically, and emotionally through movement, specifically lifting heavy things. So many women are drawn to cardio, aerobics, Zumba, Pilates, and the like. Not that there is anything wrong with those things… but there is just something different about picking up something really heavy. Ask any woman who has gotten “into” lifting weights. It’s an incredibly different and unbelievable feeling to be able to pick something really heavy up off the floor. You feel like a total Goddess when you can do that!” – Molly Galbraith (Girls Gone Strong)
Jim Wendler is the creator of the popular 5/3/1 training system. I am a huge fan of this training method because it advocates the attainment of Strength AND Health. The program is quite versatile as it is also being used by athletes to achieve elite performance.
The success of the 5/3/1 Method has been nothing short of extraordinary. For the past year, the response towards this simple but brutally effective training system has been overwhelming. This is because it works. And works for just about anyone willing to put in the discipline and work that getting stronger requires Elite level lifters to absolute beginners have all used the 5/3/1 Method; the basic tenets of strength training have and will never change. Big exercises, constant progress, and personal records will never go out of style. High school and college coaches are now using the 5/3/1 with their athletes with amazing success; it is easy to track, implement and will inspire any team to push for themselves to the limit. Powerlifters use this program, for both raw meets and geared meets.
Get rid of all excess in life. The more you own, the more that owns you. Strip yourself of all things, of all the fat, and leave nothing but brain, muscles and cock. That is life.
“Health is the greatest prize in the world, for without it wealth avails nothing and love remains inadequately satisfied. Surely, therefore, the study and exercise of the body for a few minutes each day should be as much a duty and necessity as eating and sleeping. If health is lacking you cannot enjoy what you eat because you cannot properly assimilate and digest it, nor will sleep come naturally and easily so that you awake refreshed in mind and body.”
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This exercise has been around for years and was used by the old school bodybuilders such as Arnie with Vince Gironda really appreciating its effectiveness, as he used it extensively in all his ab region work. The exercise helps those with a distending gut [loose belly hangover from an underdeveloped transversus abdominus] and creates a sexy nice curve in the midsection.
I see it all the time: skinny guys carrying around tupperware filled with rice and chicken--and sometimes, with rice only--and other times, just vegetables, in an attempt to bulk up and gain some muscle. Despite hitting the gym regularly and sticking to their strict diet, they can't seem to gain weight. Here are my top 5 bulking foods that will pack on muscle fast!
Even if you only do a very small amount of weight training you increase your fat burning – not while you’re training, but when you rest. American sports scientists have shown this for the first time in a study on the long-term effects of weight training.