WEIGHTLIFTING GETS YOU STRONG BUT WON’T MAKE YOU BULKY
NANCY'S GIRLS WHO WEIGHTLIFT BLOG
Du machst Gewichtheben? Du siehst gar nicht danach aus.
Selten bekomme ich eine andere Reaktion auf die Frage welchen Sport ich betreibe.
„So ein zartes Mädchen kann doch kein Gewichtheben machen.“
Natürlich bin ich nicht die Breiteste und Größte, aber als zartes Mädchen lasse ich mich nicht gern betiteln.
Viele Menschen denken bei Gewichtheben direkt an die dicken Mädels in der +87 kg Gewichtsklasse.
Ohne zu wissen, dass es Gewichtsklassen in dieser Sportart gibt, urteilen sie viel zu schnell über Statur und Körpergewicht.
Mit dem Blog möchte ich Mädels zum Sport motivieren und (die meist schwachsinnigen) Mythen aufklären.
Denn ein weiser, alter Trainer sagte einmal zu mir: Gewichtheben macht sexy.
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NANCY'S GIRLS WHO WEIGHTLIFT BLOG
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You’re doing weightlifting? You don’t look like it at all.
I rarely get another reaction to the question which sport I do.
“A tender girl like that can’t do weightlifting.”
Of course I’m not the widest and tallest, but I don’t like to be called a tender girl.
Many people think directly of bulky girls like in the +87 kg weight class when they talk about lift weights.
Without knowing that there are weight classes in this sport, they judge much too quickly about stature and body weight.
With this blog I would like to motivate girls to do sports and clear up (most of) the myths.
Because a wise, old coach once said to me: Weightlifting makes sexy.
“A woman in weightlifting can’t be slim and pretty.” These words hit people hard when they try to explain that weightlifting is a weight class sport and not every weightlifter looks like a walrus.
“Weightlifters are all fat.”
Too often women ask me if they should start with weightlifting.
They think three times about taking the plunge because as a female weightlifter, you’re quickly condemned. Sayings like “Muscular women aren’t beautiful” or “Weightlifters are all fat” are quickly judged.
Nationally and internationally there are some pretty, well-built women in weightlifting who are also very successful. The best example in Germany is Julia Schwarzbach, formerly Rohde. There are countless articles on the Internet about the most beautiful German Olympic participant of her time.
MANY WEIGHTLIFTERS KNOWN VIA SOCIAL MEDIA FOUND THEIR WAY TO THE BAR VIA CROSSFIT.
Among others, Lena Tomkowiak has chosen this path. A very pretty, sympathetic and ambitious athlete. At the beginning of 2017 she approached the sport for the first time. First one or two weeks next to CrossFit. After her first German championship in 2018 in Roding she had licked blood. Since the beginning of 2019 the owner of Athletenschiede Kiel concentrates only on weightlifting. At that time she still started in the 58 kg class and did 131 kg in total.
You don’t look like a weightlifter at all!
With the support of a trainer once a week, she not only increased by 16 kilos in total within six months, but also improved her technique. More and more often she went on the lifting stage of national competitions such as the German Weightlifting Open in July 2019 where she won the women’s weight class up to 55 kg. In addition to the individual championships, she supports her home club “TuS Gaarden” in the North League.
Lena is a wonderful example of how weightlifters can be pretty and strong. Like many other girls, the athlete who has been married since August 2018 gets comments like “You don’t look like a weightlifter at all” or “The sport doesn’t look like you at all”.
I sometimes get weird looks (especially by men) when they hear that I am a weightlifter.
A woman who pushes more than some men doesn’t like to be called “small and tender”. All the work and time invested in sport does not have to be seen by others in the body image.
AS A WOMAN YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE AFRAID OF TOO MUCH MUSCLE!
Over the last few years, the ideal image of a woman has been evolved from Victoria’s Secret Models to well-built athletes. I know so many men who prefer sporty women and have no interest in skinny ones.
Especially women, who want to start with the sport, already imagine how their shoulders will grow after two weeks of training because they have become too strong. That’s bullshit! Effective muscle growth is a marathon and not a sprint. In addition, many factors play a role in the external body image. On the one hand the personal prerequisites, the training intensity and the nutrition.
I can well remember that three years ago I thought I already had muscular thighs. When I look at pictures of that time today, I think that it was stork legs that carried me across the earth.
LEARNING HOW TO LIFT WEIGHTS AND HOW TO LAYOUT YOUR PHYSICAL STATURE IS A PROCESS THAT TAKES YEARS.
Every person is different and has his or her personal taste in relation to the body image of a woman. However, if you want to start weightlifting, the first thought of stupid comments from others should not be wasted. Just try and see where the journey might take you.
Not only the technical processes of tearing or pushing are beautiful to look at, but also the women who master them.