“Strength” is to 2022, what “Dr Martins” were to the 90’s. Personally, as a woman, I am absolutely thrilled by my fellow sisters drive towards becoming unapologeticlly strong.
Strength is defined as the state of being strong, or even more directly, it is the capacity of an object or substance to withstand great force or pressure. This resonates with me as it honestly expresses what strength is or should be to the modern woman. The ability to stand strong against lifes burdens and stress, both physically and mentally.
Training for physical strength in the gym had once stuck like glue to the stigma of masculinity. Strength was portrayed as physical brawniness and epic muscularity. Whereas the determination to develop physical strength is directly forging an unbreakable resolve in our career woman, mothers, wives and female athletes alike.
My determination to be strong was bound to the impossibility of overcoming great downfall. Looking back on my very first rep all those years ago and recognizing that it was that first step towards physical strength that had changed my life in so many ways. I did not realize at the time that in all its simplicity and purity, iron constructed fortitude, backbone, courage and heart whilst humbling me.
We are naturally not blessed with the toughness and power that men genetically are born with, we have to fight for every inch of grit in the gym, strength and being strong is something we have to work hard for. The perpetual effort to overcome weaknesses in the weight room, the constant struggle at the bar, the consistent attempts at developing that force, tenacity and might in the gym is shot down timelessly by our hormonal and genetic profiles.
Its these every day challenges that is building an unbreakable boldness and courage in our woman of today. Training for strength means being strong for life.
Seeing the woman I work with daily, watching how they evolve from girls who think that they must be weak, who assume that being fragile, powerless and uncertain in their ways become strong, independent and confident in their own skin, is like literally watching the caterpillar transform into a butterfly.
My girls empower themselves to be strong, to take control and take ownership of their weaknesses. With this new bold privilege they have bespoked upon themselves I have witnessed moms become better teachers, teachers become better educators and employees become employers. Strength empowers the body and evolves into a confident bravery that better prepares you for life outside of the four walls of our gyms.
With physical preparedness comes mental awareness, courage to do bold things and a confidence that carries a feminine flare of beauty and bravery.
Strength is not bound to a womans ability to carry a load and lift a weight, our strength is determined by our capacity to withstand great force. This road is paved by our unnerving willingness to develop great strength in the gym yet the outcomes run far deeper.