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Why muscle building should be your top priority, whoever you are

» by November 28th, 2010 at 8:06 pm » Comments (26)

Most people assume that muscle hypertrophy is not for them. But since muscle mass declines with age, muscle building needs to be at the top of everyone’s agenda, to stay strong and in shape.

Women: please stop underestimating yourselves

» by August 1st, 2010 at 9:57 pm » Comments (7)

This is a guest post by Josh Hanagarne of World’s Strongest Librarian and The Strength Rules. Josh is a heartfelt ambassador of strength and here he provides yet more positive ammunition in the war against weakness! Read on and be inspired. I live in America. I like it, but in my opinion, we do not […]

Femininity and muscle

» by July 11th, 2010 at 6:57 pm » Comments (41)

Let’s break the false link between building muscle and becoming less feminine. Women have muscles, it’s a physiological fact, and if we want to do anything useful or impressive with them and look sexy to boot, we’d better start training them! Here is an incident that happened to me recently. I was talking to a […]

Ladies Who Lift – the workshops!

» by May 7th, 2010 at 6:54 pm » Comments (10)

All the fabulous photos by Helen Armstrong Earlier this year I was approached by a young woman called Chantelle who had been lifting weights for a few years, loved it and now wanted to share her passion for lifting heavy things with other women. Chantelle wanted to set up a series of weight training workshops […]

Women’s Strength Symposium – here on 8th March

» by March 2nd, 2010 at 12:06 am » Comments (6)

Enter the symposium here. Symposium – a meeting or conference for the public discussion of some topic especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations Gubernatrix is hosting an online symposium on women and strength training on March 8th, 2010, which is also International Women’s Day. You can access the symposium […]

Women’s Strength Training Network

» by January 18th, 2010 at 10:52 pm » Comments (3)

Folks, I have started a group on Facebook called the Women’s Strength Training Network. I hope many of you will join it. It is independent of this website, although clearly there’s a lot of synergy in the content. The aim is fourfold: Be a source of support for women who are ‘out there’ strength training, […]

Ladies who lift

» by November 24th, 2009 at 10:02 pm » Comments (13)

One of the nice things about going to national or international drug free powerlifting meets is that I get to catch up with the other female lifters. There aren’t many of us and we are scattered around the country. It’s mainly at competitions where we can renew our acquaintance and watch each other lift. I […]

Strong is beautiful

» by October 14th, 2009 at 3:34 pm » Comments (24)

An essay on strength training as if people mattered. I love strength training. You know it, but I’ll say it anyway, I bloody love it. It’s one of the most happy, positive things in my life. I like knowing I’m strong and I’m only getting stronger. Why the sudden strength affirmation? Well a number of things […]

A girl’s guide to choosing a kettlebell

» by August 22nd, 2009 at 6:28 pm » Comments (2)

Choosing the right weight of kettlebell is easy. Think about the basic moves you will be doing. The reality is that you will probably need one bell to swing and one to press and snatch.

No more girly push ups!

» by June 22nd, 2009 at 9:14 pm » Comments (12)

I have been to many circuit classes in my time and in every class the women are allowed to do ‘girly push ups’ – push ups on your knees. This is fine for beginners and it is a fact of life that the vast majority of women, myself included, start off with a real disadvantage […]