I know a lot of people use their blogs to rant about this and that. Initially, I did not want my blog to be a place for ranting, but I can change my mind. If you don’t like it, stop reading and go clean your house or something, haha, just kidding, keep reading.
So here it goes: 1st rant: I recently read an article entitled “Why Women Can’t Do Pull-Ups” on the NY Times webpage. If you would like to read the article in full, here is the link. Or don’t waste your time, because it is a horrible article…. The comments are pretty good though.
I will summarize the article for you. Women cannot do pull-ups because a study was completed in Dayton, OH with 17 normal weight women who for 3 days per week for 3 months lifted weights to try and strengthen biceps and the latissimus dorsi, and at the end of the 3 months, only 4 could do a pull-up, so the obvious conclusion here is that all women cannot do pull-ups. I think the most hilarious part of the article is the quote from the professor who conducted the study: “I look at a volleyball player and wouldn’t expect her to be able to do a pull-up, but I know she’s fit.” Hahahaaa, sorry Mr. Professor, when I look at people, I automatically do not think about whether or not they can do a pull-up.
The worst part of this article is a woman wrote it! Oh and the picture that headlined it. The two women on the end look as though they are in agony!
|Picture for the article "Why Woman Can't Do Pullups"|
Here is a novel idea. If you are a woman and want to do pull-ups, start practicing pull-ups. If you are a man and want to put your foot behind your head, start doing yoga. The point is there are many goals you can accomplish if you set out to accomplish them. I do not look like a runner, and the aforementioned Mr. Professor may look at me and automatically think I am not a sub 4-hr marathoner…. BUT I AM! Why? Because I trained for it, had a goal in mind, ran in the sun and the rain, ran with sore muscles, woke up when I wanted to stay in bed, and oh yeah, ran a lot!
Can we stop telling people what they cannot do, fitness related or not? Whenever I tell people I am completing the Paleo challenge and I do not eat grains or dairy, their first response is “Oh, I could never do that.” Really?!?! If your life depended on it or if I was going to cut off your leg, you would still stuff your face with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. Come on, that is not true! For the record, I am not going to cut anyone’s leg off for eating Ben and Jerry’s. Seriously though, take can’t and cannot out of your vocabulary!!
~ Savannah FitNut aka Morgan McNeal