WELL, one popular fitness website posted a link on their Facebook page last week that pissed me off a little. The idea of the article is that women should take up barbell training, which is great! I've fallen in love with the barbell over the recent months, and I'd love to see more women do the same. I, like so many others, felt limited to machines, little stretchy tubes with handles, and dainty pastel dumbbells for many years, and we can do better. Here's the thing; the title of the article is "5 Exercises That Aren't Just for Men." Okay... They go on to describe some barbell exercises that I recognize, but they have been re-labeled with cutesy names such as the "Booty Toner" and "Sexy Back." I have a couple problems with this:
- If these exercises "aren't just for men," how about we refer to them by their proper names? It ain't a Booty Toner, it's a back squat.
- The descriptions of the lifts... how do I put this delicately? Frankly my dear, they suck. There are no pictures and the instructions are really vague. If I were reading this article as someone who had very limited or no experience with barbells, these instructions would not give me warm fuzzies. Cautious folks like myself probably wouldn't want to get out there and make an attempt, and more adeventurous types will probably give it a try and end up injuring themselves.
Maybe we should just stick with Body Fuzion...
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