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Old 11-09-2010, 07:46 AM   #1
David Luu
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I need article on why women should do SS

I'm trying to convince my wife she should weight lift, specifically start a program like Rippetoe's SS. She's a scientist so I need a strong, factual article on why lifting is good for women. Right now she only likes to run and occationally do stability workouts and yoga.

Anyone have some suggestions?
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:03 AM   #2
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Re: I need article on why women should do SS

If she's happy and healthy why does it matter?
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:07 AM   #3
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Re: I need article on why women should do SS

It matters because, seriously, how can he love her if she can't deadlift 3x bodyweight?
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:18 AM   #4
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Re: I need article on why women should do SS

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If she's happy and healthy why does it matter?
Exactly

Plus, from what you said, it looks like she works out a lot anyway. Good for her. The vast majority of people in this country don't.

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Old 11-09-2010, 08:18 AM   #5
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Re: I need article on why women should do SS

Don't. Search the forums, see how everyone who has a significant other has tried the same thing.
I spent a year trying to get my girlfriend to do crossfit. When I finally gave up, and we just did our own things, she was willing to come in to class. After two classes, I got her a membership. Now that she is back in school, she actually contacted a trainer at a new affiliate (who stood her up on the first day and hasn't returned her calls in a week, just saying).

Getting her to go from something she likes (running, yoga) to something VERY out of the norm for women (SS, GOMAD, etc) if she dosen't want to is not smart. Why would she even WANT to do starting strength?
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:49 AM   #6
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Re: I need article on why women should do SS

Let's forget why I'm doing it.

Are there any good articles with scientific data that supports the fact that women benefit from a strength / weighlifting program. All I can find are fluff pieces on women should do low reps to not "bulk up" and generaliztions on why lifting is good. Is there anything substantive out there for women?
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:51 AM   #7
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Re: I need article on why women should do SS

Edit- wrong thread.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:10 AM   #8
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Re: I need article on why women should do SS

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Let's forget why I'm doing it.

Are there any good articles with scientific data that supports the fact that women benefit from a strength / weighlifting program. All I can find are fluff pieces on women should do low reps to not "bulk up" and generaliztions on why lifting is good. Is there anything substantive out there for women?
If your wife is a scientist she should understand that if strength training is good for men, its good for women. Unless it's 1955 I guess.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:11 AM   #9
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Re: I need article on why women should do SS

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/reprint/337/jul01_2/a439 (WFS)

The study was done on men, but women arent so physiologically different that the conclusions dont apply.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:16 AM   #10
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Re: I need article on why women should do SS

1. Explain to her how strength can benefit her.
2. Show her pictures of strong women who don't look like men.
3. Ask her if, when **** hits the fan, she wants to be strong or weak.
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