Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Women need help!

Alwyn and I are in Vegas at a meeting with one of our business coaches. Our meeting starts at 8am so I got up early to head down to the gym to workout knowing that the day would probably be a lot of sitting. Gym opened at 6am. I arrived at about 6:10am and the treadmills were all taken(not that I wanted one but it goes with my story). This gym is very well equipped for a hotel gym. Every possible fixed machine you could imagine PLUS a full set of free weights up to 75 pounds(plenty) and a smith machine, swiss balls, medicine balls, a nice pulley station- lots of good stuff to get a good work out in. Yet, everyone was trudging along on the treadmills doing the treadmill shuffle.

I went over to the weight training area did a warm up of lunges, stretches and movement prep and then grabbed the 30 pound dumbbells and started with a set of lunges. During my workout only one woman ventured over to the free weights after she finished her hour on the treadmill and she grabbed the 10’s and this was her routine-

bicep curls, then some strange thing where she put the weights behind her and pulsed for 20 reps, then overhead presses, then shoulder rolls, then lateral raises, then bicep curls AGAIN but this time hammer curls and then finished with her arms behind her again but this time bending her elbows(probably thought she was working her triceps).

She proceeded to set the 10 pounders down and hit the locker room for a shower. That was it- that was her strength training. An hour on the treadmill and then that.

Sometimes, it is good for me to get out of my bubble at our gym where all of our female clients lift weights, challenge themselves and the priority workout for them is their strength training. They all do "bang for your buck" exercises and no woman at our gym spends more than 20 minutes on a treadmill and most don't spend any time on a treadmill. We have two treadmills that are empty most of the time.

Women need help when it comes to their fitness. This confirmed to me that women do need my book when it comes out- The Fit Chick Body and my website, where I will be coaching and helping them to figure out what they should be doing in the gym. I just hope they are ready for it!

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