Women's Health magazine has lost a reader.
Yesterday, my fit-blogging friend, Cindy from Well-Trained Mama posted this Women's Health article on her Facebook page asking followers what they thought. As a trainer and lifter of weights the headline, "Q&A: 'Are there any exercise machines I should absolutely avoid?'", immediately caught my attention.
"Here are the moves she recommends you skip—and alternative exercises that will help you sculpt the body you really want."Oh really? This LA based, so-called strength training expert knows what kind of body I really want? Does she know me? Does she know my goals? Yeah, I'm not buying it. If she did know me, she'd know that I could give two craps what I look like, I just want to be healthy and lift heavy things.
While I am disappointed in this trainer for aiding the spread of strength training garbage I'm ultimately most upset with Women's Health magazine. (They aren't the only ones who produce this crap, many magazines do so as well). I'm unaware of how many magazine subscriptions WH sells but I do know they have almost FOUR MILLION "likes" on Facebook, I'm certain most of these "likes" come from woman and many who may not know any better but to believe crap articles like this. With a following like that comes great responsibility to share factual information and they totally dropped the ball.
Apparently no one at Women's Health deadlifts because wide grip lat pull downs were the first exercise mentioned on the list followed by flat bench press claiming, "The flat bench press builds the chest in a wide, forward direction," says Perkins. The effect: Any little bit of armpit fat you have gets pushed out."
Well shit, if the theory of pushing fat out is true then we better not do any strength training ever unless you have zero percent body fat. (Sorry for the language, kinda, not really.) Never mind the FACT that strength training helps to reduce body fat.
But at least they offer an alternative…
First you're going to tell me what kind of body I want, and now you're going to tell me what weight I can do? If you're goal is to build cleavage and a little bit of muscle definition, great! But let's not assume. You know what they say about people who assume…
Remember when I asked on Facebook why I was still hearing women make remarks about getting bulky and I was still seeing women lifting "barbie weights"? I think I've found my answer.
This is the exact reason I started this blog. The amount of poor, untrue, and misconstrued information floating out there is mind blowing. Regardless of your gender or goals, articles like this are why it's so important to take the time to educate yourself so you can spot this crap for yourself when you see it.