I don’t read magazines but I do flick through the ones that come with the Times on the weekends. Last weekend’s Style magazine had an article about women and weightlifting in it.
It was a great article about all the good stuff that weightlifting does for our bodies and minds and self-esteem. It was a great article that was illustrated by the most absurd photo:
Firstly, most women who lift heavy weights do not look like that. Supermodels with genetically long and lean limbs look like that. There ain’t anything wrong with either body type, it’s just that this one doesn’t make sense to be accompanying an article about women who lift serious weights.
(and while I’m talking about the photo – I really don’t get fashion – what is UP with high heels on fitness photos?!? oh wait, she’s also wearing a leotard with sequins, so maybe not a fitness photo after all?? but the little microdumbell in her hand?? Hmmm… confusing… and why’s she blindfolded?!??)
Anyway, back to the article – one of the weightlifters in it is Mili Leitner. Mili Leitner’s body looks like this:
Why could the Times not have used Mili in their photo? Did they think that women who read the magazine would be put off by seeing actual muscles on a woman?
I do not have the genetics of that super long model so I look at her photo and it just confuses me and does not inspire me because I know I could never look like that. When I look at Mili though – I see hard work and I think I want those traps! :)
Am I a minority? I seriously wonder. Do most women not like muscles like that? Do most women aspire to be the long supermodel giraffes (that they don’t have the genes for)??
The thing is that a lot of women will not have muscles like Mili when they incorporate weightlifting into their fitness routine, but the great thing is that most of us – when we really want to work on it – we CAN have muscles like that. It’s totally achievable. Unlike those looooooong legs.
Whether we want big muscles or not though, weightlifting is good for us for so many reasons – it’s good for bone density, for strengthening joints and ligaments and therefore preventing injuries from other sports or just from increasing age. Plus it’s fun and empowering in the most powerful way that’s hard to explain and only has to be experienced.
If you’re interested in finding out more about weightlifting, check out Sally Moss’ Strength Ambassadors. Sally runs weightlifting technique courses for women in London and she also has lots of info online, for example, check out this article.
There’s also another awesome woman who gets women into fitness and weights – Suzie Lubuska (who Crossfits with me :) and runs Wonder Woman Workshops. If you live near Greenwich and want to try out something different – put her workshops to the top of your list.
What do you think? About muscles? About women and weightlifting? About fashion photos that make no sense? :)