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Best of 2010 – Squat like a Girl

Now that guitar isn’t my main focus anymore, I’ve had time to rediscover my passion for weight training. For overall health and fitness, I’ve not found anything better. I don’t mean flailing around with tiny pink dumbbells for endless reps, but (relatively) heavy squats, deadlifts, pull-ups, and all the other resistance training that makes the good stuff happen.

I’ve trained at home for the past few months (for reasons that deserve their own post), but not by choice: the best place to strength train is at a properly equipped gym. However, when you are a woman training at a commercial gym full of typical man-type creatures, you need to have laser focus on why you’re there and what you’re doing. Otherwise the desire to pour hot lead in your eyes to avoid seeing the man things loudly engaging in UTTER STUPIDITY can be an unwelcome distraction from your own workout.

The video below makes my Best Of list for this year because a perfect illustration of what I’ve observed so many times in the gym. Watch and RELISH Christine’s hundred-percent unbridled girl power OWNAGE. Note: Both she and the guy are squatting THE SAME WEIGHT:

It wouldn’t surprise me if the group of man creatures subsequently came over to the squat rack and asked Christine if they could work in with her for a few sets of lame-ass biceps curls. At least they didn’t come over to OFFER HER UNSOLICITED ADVICE (another topic worth its own entire post) and tell her that she’s going to HURT HER KNEES if she keeps squatting like that.

Yes, I’m totally generalizing. Not all men in the gym are hapless fucktards who are there to “really blast those bis and tris” and flex in the mirrors. But my empirical experience gathered from training in gyms around the world suggests that the average woman — once she’s had some qualified guidance and realized that getting off the elliptical and into the squat rack is where the magic happens — tends to work out much smarter and with vastly better form than the average guy.

It’s New Year’s resolution time and I’m aware that many people’s resolutions involve vowing to get more exercise. So for any female readers out there with fitness-related resolutions — whether you’re starting from square one or are already exercising but want to venture away from the cardio equipment and into the weight room — Christine’s site is a nice place to start. She also plays guitar and likes metal — what a shame we’re not neighbors!

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5 Comments

+ Comment by Steve
2010-12-28 05:47:44

I think your back is to be more vertical when doing squats. Otherwise, you could have some serious back strain. Just my 2 cents….great to see you working out regardless the man-cave environment.

 
+ Comment by Lorinator
2010-12-28 11:35:00

Q.E.D.

 
+ Comment by Neo
2010-12-29 21:46:40

I can hear “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” from Chicago at the gyms radio. Great tune ^^
And probably the guy was just warming up.

 
+ Comment by Lorinator
2010-12-29 23:04:11

Q.E.D.

Again.

I rest my case.

 
+ Comment by Bill
2010-12-31 16:40:09

As long as your legs are parallel to the floor at the bottom of the squat your doing it correctly. The guy could use a wider stance. Personally I cant do them due to a compressed vertebrae. I do my leg press exercises. Regardless hit the gym 4-5 times a week really helped me get through some terrible times emotionally. Highly recommend it!

 

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