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Ladies, it's time we break up with our cutesy, little dumbbells.

I'm serious.

When it comes to strength training and fitness, there is absolutely no need for women to be treated like delicate, dainty flowers. We don't need cute, little workout equipment. Cute workout clothes, on the other hand, are totally acceptable!

But we've done ourselves a disservice by buying into the notion that little 3-pound and 5-pound weights are appropriate for a woman, so we don't get too “masculine”. I'm here to tell you that biology says otherwise. And not only that, but there's an empowering feeling that goes along with lifting some real weight. You discover quite literally your own strength, but it also carries over into figuratively realizing what you're capable of.


I'm not saying everybody needs to take up power lifting. What I am saying is that if you want an effective workout, if you want to get the muscle tone and body composition you desire, then you need to lift more than a 5-pound dumbbell.

I'm going to challenge you to go double digits. No more playing around. I have never bought into the concept that women are the weaker sex, but if you look in the shopping aisles of workout equipment, everything designed for females is cute and purple or pink and SMALL.

And the ironic thing is that the women whose bodies we typically idolize usually use regular weights while doing classic strength training with free weights and don’t use those tiny little 'paper weights.'


If you're just starting out and lifting 5 pounds is a challenge for you, then that’s your starting point and there’s nothing wrong with that. But if you've been working out for a couple of months you should definitely be progressing with the weight you’re using and you shouldn’t be afraid to do so.

Why are we afraid of being strong? Again, physiologically speaking, we're not going to all of a sudden turn out looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime. It's just not going to happen. But if you’re sitting here idolizing Jennifer Lopez’s legs, or Michelle Obama's arms, those things were achieved through some great strength training. So my challenge for you ladies, if you haven't picked up a 10-pound or 15-pound dumbbell, give it a shot!

Let's not fear our Inner Strength. Let's discover just how powerful we truly are.

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