Train like female powerlifter
Guest post by Sumita Singh
It’s only week 1 for me on Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 Program, billed as: “The Simplest and Most Effective Training System for Raw Strength” and I’m already having a blast.
Course, if you know me, it doesn’t take much to get me excited about barbell training, but the combination of simple, effective, and raw strength sealed the deal for me.
As a mom juggling two jobs, simple, efficient, and effective training programs is the only kind of training I really have the time for. In addition, 5/3/1 lines up perfectly with my goals, to get stronger in the big lifts: squats, deadlifts, bench press, and overhead press (OHP).
Although the program enjoys plenty of popularity among powerlifters who use Wendler’s 5/3/1/ program to prepare for meets I see absolutely no reason why I can’t try it! In fact, I’ve always admired the powerlifting culture — it’s somewhat hidden from public view, but full of heart.
Rather than instantly launch into some sort of discussion on how much weight I blasted and how sore I felt in a variety of new places, what I really want to talk about is how much FUN I’m having.
What’s even more fun is when someone says: “Powerlifting? Why would anyone want to do THAT?”, like I was about to take a dive in molten lava or shave off my eyebrows (I did that.)
Is it because (*gasp*) I’m a GIRL and god forbid I break a nail, mess up my hair, or grow a callous or two? Or worse, I might sprout some giant muskels overnight and be as big as this dude?
Umm… yeah. Even if I wanted to, that ain’t happening. The point is ladies (and dudes), if you really want to try something different and fun with your workouts, and it matches up with your goals, this is the year you ought to go for it.
I can take one look at my small frame and long limbs and dismiss my chances of succeeding at powerlifting program because I might not have the typical build for it.
To put it in the simplest terms–engage in a great fitness endeavor because you just WANT TO. Not because you’re necessarily training to be competitive body builder, or powerlifter, or elite marathon runner or whatever.
It reminds me of a brilliant post a friend’s daughter did on tellyroftales.com (read the short article and scroll to the comic.) The link has NADA to do with powerlifting, but everything to do with the heart and attitude you might choose to put behind your fitness goals.
Picking up barbells, getting stronger, running faster, building muscle or whatever is a deeply personal challenge. You don’t have to walk the competition stage or run in every single race to prove some sort of deep, meaningful point.
Every time I wrap my hands around a barbell and step under is another creative and expressive moment for me and only ME.
Does that sound selfish? Good, because it was meant to be. Do it for you, and more importantly, because it’s f*cking awesome!
Sumita “Sumi” Singh is a wife, mother, and all around fitness badass. Go check her out on goddessoffitness.com.