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Old 06-30-2011, 12:33 PM   #71
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Re: My Pet Peeve as a Female

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Right now, being as I am 7 mths pregnant, is the barrage of uber personal questions/comments people feel they can ask:

"So was it planned?" "Did you WANT a girl/boy?" "Is the father (I'm married, mind you) in the picture?" "Should you be eating THAT?" "I don't think you should be lifting weights right now, anything more than 25lbs is dangerous", etc.

Most of the time I just try to answer politely and defer to another topic. I get that babies make people excited, etc. but come on, Don't touch my belly w/o asking..especially if I don't know you well. Don't invade my personal space. Don't ask me something you wouldn't normally ask me if I WASN'T pregnant. Don't comment on my weight. Don't remind me DAILY how HOT and miserable I'll be this summer. Don't discuss your birthing horror stories. Don't try to make me feel guilty for being a working mother. Don't blame the pregnancy hormones for me being moody/****ed because YOU did something stupid. Don't tell me how tired I look.

Just don't......really.
My wife is due in November... are you saying I should stop doing all these things?

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Old 06-30-2011, 12:56 PM   #72
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My pet peeve is saying there is a "womens" bar or "mens" bar. I HATE there are boxing gloves in pink! Don't want 'em. Can I find shoes that are neutral colors and not ugly pink or pastel!?
THERE ARE NO WOMEN PUSH UPS! They are KNEE or modified or scaled push ups! GRRR!!! If it is a 15 kg bar, then that is what it is called! I like when WODs say __% of bodyweight lifts.....it doesn't put any specifics on men or women. I've always been ridiculed for not being a girlie girl or whatever. I'm me and I choose my equipement because I can lift it...not because it's pink or a female thing. Really...do we pick cars that way???? Houses? Just my rant! LOL
Actually I knew plenty of girls when I kickboxed that bought the pink boxing gloves and loved pink shoes.
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Old 07-01-2011, 07:22 AM   #73
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My wife is due in November... are you saying I should stop doing all these things?

Ha ha! I think it's a matter of HOW one is approached. I truly don't mind answering questions if they are asked in a respectful manner. It's when the questions/comments come across with a condescending tone, etc. that irks me.

So the safe answer would be: Shower your wife with compliments CONSTANTLY!!!
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Old 07-02-2011, 05:42 AM   #74
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Actually I knew plenty of girls when I kickboxed that bought the pink boxing gloves and loved pink shoes.
I agree with this. I've been punched by many a pair of pink gloves.
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Old 07-02-2011, 06:56 PM   #75
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Re: My Pet Peeve as a Female

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Right now, being as I am 7 mths pregnant, is the barrage of uber personal questions/comments people feel they can ask:

"So was it planned?" "Did you WANT a girl/boy?" "Is the father (I'm married, mind you) in the picture?" "Should you be eating THAT?" "I don't think you should be lifting weights right now, anything more than 25lbs is dangerous", etc.

Most of the time I just try to answer politely and defer to another topic. I get that babies make people excited, etc. but come on, Don't touch my belly w/o asking..especially if I don't know you well. Don't invade my personal space. Don't ask me something you wouldn't normally ask me if I WASN'T pregnant. Don't comment on my weight. Don't remind me DAILY how HOT and miserable I'll be this summer. Don't discuss your birthing horror stories. Don't try to make me feel guilty for being a working mother. Don't blame the pregnancy hormones for me being moody/****ed because YOU did something stupid. Don't tell me how tired I look.

Just don't......really.

Yet another reason why I do not want kids
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Old 07-03-2011, 04:13 PM   #76
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I hear ya! The first bar we bought was a women's bar (for obvious reasons) but I'm not certain that everybody understands how much of a difference it makes. As women, we get used to "making do" with what is available (I wore boys' basketball shoes for years until they finally made women's basketball shoes) and so we often don't realize what a difference the right piece of equipment can make. After getting a "feel" for the women's bar, my female clients prefer it, but I would say that, prior to that, they really didn't understand because they had no context in which to evaluate the grip and feel.

Plus, add in the stigma (deserved or not) that often accompanies "equipment designed for women" and you have the current situation.

The solution? Aside from everyone moving to Watertown, CT, I'd say that awareness is the order of the day. And following awareness, action. Here's hoping that your posting of this thread is a step in the right direction, Sarena!
Personally I HATE the term "women's bar". Whenever I refer to it at our box, I try to call them "Training Bars"... 15# training bar or 33# training bar.

I hate genderizing bars for TWO reasons.

1). Dudes who have NO business touching a "men's bar" will fight the notion that maybe they should use a 15# bar to get some form and muscle memory down before attempting more weight.

2). Chicks who never think twice about it (until I beg the question) will load up a "girl" bar with every single 10# bumper we have on 1RM deadlift day when we could just use a "mens" bar....

Some would make the argument that it's the diameter of the bar that creates the designation. I've seen women and men alike do pull ups on a 2" Diameter pull up bar... so I don't think women NEED to use a barbell with a smaller diameter.

PEOPLE with poor form, strength, or grip NEED to use a barbell with a smaller diameter....
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Old 07-03-2011, 04:44 PM   #77
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Personally I HATE the term "women's bar". Whenever I refer to it at our box, I try to call them "Training Bars"... 15# training bar or 33# training bar.

I hate genderizing bars for TWO reasons.

1). Dudes who have NO business touching a "men's bar" will fight the notion that maybe they should use a 15# bar to get some form and muscle memory down before attempting more weight.

2). Chicks who never think twice about it (until I beg the question) will load up a "girl" bar with every single 10# bumper we have on 1RM deadlift day when we could just use a "mens" bar....

Some would make the argument that it's the diameter of the bar that creates the designation. I've seen women and men alike do pull ups on a 2" Diameter pull up bar... so I don't think women NEED to use a barbell with a smaller diameter.

PEOPLE with poor form, strength, or grip NEED to use a barbell with a smaller diameter....
A 15 kg bar is a women's bar in weightlifting. If you don't like this, talk to the IWF and the IOC. To pretend otherwise is silly. To call it a training bar and call the 20 kg bars something else is silly.

A 15 kg bar that is designed for weightlifting is not supposed to be used for powerlifting. You shouldn't have your women deadlifting or squatting or pressing or benching with it because it's not made for deadlifting. Powerlifting bars are made for powerlifting, and they are not 15 kg.

If someone needs a lighter bar in order to scale the weight on various lifts, then 5 kg, 10 kg, 15 lb, 25 lb, etc. training bars exist for those reasons.

If you have the correct bars in your gym and you teach people the correct uses of those bars, then all problems should be avoided.

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Old 07-03-2011, 04:49 PM   #78
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Re: My Pet Peeve as a Female

It's like freakin groundhog day, if this thread continues on we can probably explain that it is in fact a women's bar, at least 3 more times by the end of the year.
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Old 07-03-2011, 05:04 PM   #79
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Re: My Pet Peeve as a Female

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Some would make the argument that it's the diameter of the bar that creates the designation. I've seen women and men alike do pull ups on a 2" Diameter pull up bar... so I don't think women NEED to use a barbell with a smaller diameter.

PEOPLE with poor form, strength, or grip NEED to use a barbell with a smaller diameter....
I think it's pretty patronizing for someone else to tell me what I do or don't "need."

While I agree that the bar diameter is pretty much irrelevant for squats, my experience is that it matters a great deal for the olympic lifts. My hands simply are not big enough to establish a proper hook grip on a men's bar.

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Old 07-03-2011, 06:27 PM   #80
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Re: My Pet Peeve as a Female

I never really thought of the different bars being genderized at all. We have 45 Lb. bars and we have 35 Lb. bars. Depending on what weight one is doing, it sometimes makes more sense to have the bar at 35 Lbs. Guys and girls use them alike at my gym, especially those who are not using a Rx weight.
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