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Old 24-Apr-04, 06:43 PM   #1
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Should women do Deadlifts?


I was peaking around in the Female Bodybuilding forum and I just started thinking about whether the average women should do Deadlifts...

Ive never seen a woman do a deadlift at a gym, or anywhere else for that matter lol. When I think of a deadlift, I think of men doing it, thats it. Its a raw, physical test of strength, which typically the average women are really not into, GENERALLY SPEAKING!

So, should they do them or what?

I say yes because of course, first of all deadlifts expend TONS of calories. Second, theres nothing better for building strength in your back.
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Old 24-Apr-04, 07:38 PM   #2
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Why should a women train any different then a man?

I know female lifters who deadlift over 700 pounds and bench over 500.

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Old 24-Apr-04, 07:54 PM   #3
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I thought there was only 1 lady that benches over 500? Swanson, am i wrong?
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Old 25-Apr-04, 12:35 AM   #4
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I've also never seen a single women at the gym I go to deadlift, it's actually the main factor holding me back from trying myself.. Looks like a great challenge!

I wouldn't mind trying some deadlifts, as I really need to strengthen my back, but I think (at least in my opinion) that a big factor keeping the majority of women from doing deadlifts is how only the big muscle men tend to do it. I don't know about others, but I find it quite intimidating to watch a guy lift 800+ pounds while letting out an ear piercing bellow, neck veins begging to be released from the skin.
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Old 25-Apr-04, 01:26 AM   #5
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The girls on the powerlifting team at my school do, don't see what is wrong with it.
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Old 25-Apr-04, 10:56 AM   #6
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I've also never seen a single women at the gym I go to deadlift, it's actually the main factor holding me back from trying myself.. Looks like a great challenge!

I wouldn't mind trying some deadlifts, as I really need to strengthen my back, but I think (at least in my opinion) that a big factor keeping the majority of women from doing deadlifts is how only the big muscle men tend to do it. I don't know about others, but I find it quite intimidating to watch a guy lift 800+ pounds while letting out an ear piercing bellow, neck veins begging to be released from the skin.
Of course women can deadlift. The female body builders at my gym deadlift regularly. Straight leg and traditional deadlift. If you don't want to build mass, do higher reps and lighter weight.
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Old 25-Apr-04, 02:19 PM   #7
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Most women can't develop large muscles, even if they wanted to. Biological fact... (got that from exrx.net)
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Old 25-Apr-04, 02:46 PM   #8
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Quite a few women have developed very large muscles, and often without supplementation. On the other hand, yes, women do put on mass at a slower pace, and to much lower genetic potential.

I think the main tragedy here is that women often avoid heavy lifting because they're afraid of becoming overly muscular, as though they'll do a heavy set of deadlifts, squats or bench and all of a sudden look like Arnold in a miniskirt. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN. Putting on lots of mass and building strength is very, very difficult to do, and is not the sort of thing that happens underneath your radar -- no one need ever worry about it. If you feel yourself getting stronger and more muscular than you'd like (highly unlikely), you can always cut back at THAT point.

So, bottom line, deadlifts are great. Women should do them too.
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Old 26-Apr-04, 02:40 AM   #9
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If you don't want to build mass, do higher reps and lighter weight.
I dont get it, wouldnt it be lower reps, higher weight?
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Old 26-Apr-04, 06:31 AM   #10
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Yes, women should deadlift if they're physically able (most are) and want the results.

Terrific exercise that my wife absolutely hates doing. Her butt and hams like it though....
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Old 26-Apr-04, 09:03 AM   #11
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women deadlift all the time.. when they lift a child , or lift the shopping! (or lifting engine block, or bag of cement to not sound sexist!!!)
so it make sense to do them in the gym to strengthen the muscles used to do everyday jobs.
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Old 26-Apr-04, 10:02 AM   #12
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I dont get it, wouldnt it be lower reps, higher weight?
Typically the fastest way to put on muscle mass is to lift heavy weights at low repetitions. Someone please correct me if I'm spatting off bad info, this is just what I have read in arnolds "bible".

Also, this is the method that has stacked some serious mass on me in the last 3 years.
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Old 26-Apr-04, 10:20 PM   #13
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lmao, thats my fault there, i thought u said if u WANT to build serious mass, lol my mistake
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