Walk into my gym on any given day and there likely will be at least one woman working out.
She’s somebody’s mom, or daughter, or wife. Sweat creases her brow and she gives her all to the moment. Her arms are shapely from pushing herself. Her legs strong from the weight she moves.
She comes as often as she can, as often as her cramped schedule and demanding life allow.
Maybe this is something she looks forward to. Or maybe this is something she knows she needs to do. Sometimes it’s hard to get herself here.
But she shows up, puts in the work, and her work’s rewarded by confidence in her clothes, high energy levels, and a feeling of pride.
These women are my inspiration.
Many of us spend so much of our lives trying to fit in, to be and act the way society seems to expect us to be.
When you finally find that you don’t have to, that there are others like you who want to be their own person, it’s a freeing moment. The women that I interact with now, they are these people.
They have found in them a physical and mental strength that defies societal expectations. And they shine.
I see them every day, and they make me proud to be among them.
The world of weightlifting is a relatively new world for women. Up until the mid-1980s, women were not allowed to even compete in certified meets.
We were also discouraged from lifting heavy in general due to the fear that it would make us “bulky” and “manly”. Unfortunately, this stigma exists still to some extent today, but as the growth of women who lift continues we are slowly disproving the perceptions of old.
Our bodies are becoming strong, solid, shapely bodies that can move heavy things but that also protect us when we pick up our kids or even want to play.
We learn to feed ourselves the way our bodies need, not to be peckish and avoid the calories for fear of gaining weight. We also learn to love our bodies- to appreciate the strength that we have- to even celebrate it.
This post is a “hell yeah” to all the women I get to lift with and to all the girls in general who love to lift and are not afraid of the naysayers.
You are rocking life. You are being the person you want to be- you are finding yourself as an individual, discovering what you can do, and doing it.
I cannot wait to see how strong we all get, how much heavy shit we can move, and how hard we can compete with the boys!
Thank you, ladies, every day for being inspirational!