Tiny and Mighty. Small and Strong.
Who hasn’t heard these endearing and rhyming phrases to describe women and in particular shorter women?
What most people don’t tell you is a few situations you may find yourself in once you start gain strength. Here are the top five that I have experienced and I’m sure many others have as well.
1. Other Body Parts Can’t Handle The Weight
I’ve noticed sometimes my wrists and forearms can’t handle the weight I use for biceps curls, and shoulder presses. Because of this, I’ve learned good warm up routines for these parts as well as incorporating forearms exercises to strengthen them.
2. Gym-goers Often Offer to Help Carry the Weight for You
I know these people mean well, but it can be a nuisance! 45 lbs is nothing for us to load up the leg presses, hack squats, chest presses and other machines we are so beastly at.
Public: if you see a chick doing this, unless she’s about to die, leave her be, she can handle it! If not, we will ask for assistance!
3. Adjusting……….. the machines/squat racks.
How many times have we seen the squat rack sitting on what seems to be a 10 story building with weights still on them? (Public, this is a time when we would ask for assistance) This has happened to me loads of times and even though I’m 5’5, it can be tricky. This includes the standing calf raise! I have also noticed the pull up machines attached to the multi functional structure are really high. I’m weird about jumping so I have to find a step so I can grab onto it. Hey, this gives us a good stretch!
4. People Underestimating You Outside of the Gym
I know you’ve experienced this. Carrying a box, groceries or other “heavy” items and someone is always there to grab it for you… many times without your permission. Chill! I like this mini workout dude! I’ve also worked in a set on the lat pull bar one time and the guy thought I was working out on a much lighter weight. When I corrected him and place it on the same weight as him, he freaked! Yea, buddy I surprised you huh?
5. What am I Supposed to Wear?
After a certain point of working out, your clothes don’t seem to fit anymore. I have donated most of my jeans because my legs have gotten too big for them. Another issue is finding clothes to fit the booty and your waist. I’m a size 1 and well the rest of me is not. Lucky for me, I can wear yoga pants to work.
Lets face it, gym attire is much more comfortable and less constricting. Shouldn’t we all be comfortable?
Have I missed any situations us strong by small chicks experience? What are some of yours? Let us know below!