L.O.L – It’s NO Joke
Ladies Only Lift or, L.O.L, as I have begun to affectionately call it will be back on from summer hiatus in mid-August. The last 8 weeks have given me time to step back and reflect on it’s success. I’ve talked with many of the participants and asked them why they loved it so much. Their answers are not as simple and straight forwards as you’d think.
Not to be Captain Obvious but the title really should give it away, Ladies Only. The program was inspired by, created by, and run by women. This goes right down to how the building is scheduled. From 6:45-8pm on Tuesday and Thursday night the men on staff finish their sessions and are heading home by 6:30pm to allow for a TRUE Ladies Only setting.
The Intimidation Factor. Weights and weight rooms are a very intimidating place, especially for women. I was lucky enough to be introduced to the weight room my freshmen year of college and yes, I too was scared as hell to go to the weight room. Many women were not offered the same exposure to weight training as I was. Fear of getting hurt and embarrassment of doing something wrong only added to the anxiety experienced when stepping into a weight room for the first time. Ladies Only Lift has created an environment that allows women to step into a weight room free of extra noise, overly loud music, and the stereotypical testosterone laden grunting gents picking things up and putting them down.
Social Acceptance. Historically it wasn’t as socially acceptable as it is now to lift. Skinny legs, arms, waistlines were the highly sought after body image of choice. Now, the social norm has changed. Strong is the new beautiful. Strong is the new skinny. Whatever line you want to use, being “STRONG” in the literal and figurative sense is and should always be the norm. For example here’s just how social norms have changed regarding women and lifting heavy weight; Kate Upton doing a Landmine Deadlift RDL combo of over 100lbs. I’d like to note that by the end of Ladies Lift 1.0 & 2.0 over half of the women participating were doing a Classic or Romanian Deadlift of over 100lbs.