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Old 01-14-2015, 12:53 PM   #1
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Something I was thinking about last night...

90% of the dedicated women I see deadlifting and squatting on Youtube/Instagram/Facebook have very serviceable form. On the other hand, the percentage is lower for men.

Typically men have a weak understanding of the deadlift. They are usually better at squats, but other than powerlifters not so great at bench.

Bench is usually the weakest form lift for women.

Why is it that I rarely see a dedicated female with sketchy squat and deadlift form?
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Old 01-14-2015, 01:28 PM   #2
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I would assume that a lot of women hire trainers from day one of their resistance training adventure. Half the women in my gym have trainers, and whatever they're doing, the trainer is usually right there watching them, coaching form and spitting motivation.

With someone watching you from day one, if they know what's what, you will be very unlikely to develop bad habits.

I've yet to see a man in my gym with a trainer. I think that speaks for itself.
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Old 01-14-2015, 03:07 PM   #3
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Trainers suck. Most trainers in big box commercial gyms couldn't coach their way out of a baggy of chalk without PEDs. So I'm not sure thats it, though a good theory.

Women are classically weaker in the upper body. Its how humans are built. If something is difficult, people want to skip it. The women I've trained often have near perfect squat form the first time they get under the bar. The men often have major issues. I'm voting bone structure and job selection for that.

Most men I've seen suck ass at deadlifting. But to be honest, just about everyone I see who isn't at a real gym is bad at every lift. Women try harder. They're more concerned about doing it right to avoid injury. Men often feel invincible and don't worry about injury and that can lead to sketchy form.
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Old 01-14-2015, 03:24 PM   #4
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Trainers suck. Most trainers in big box commercial gyms couldn't coach their way out of a baggy of chalk without PEDs.
True. Every woman I see at my gym is accompanied by a trainer feeding them bad advice and 'bro-science'. The first year I trained I was at a gym that offered a free coaching service from 'personal trainers'. These so called qualified coaches had me doing triple drop sets on reverse curls and upright rows, increasing the weight at the end of each month, and no heavy compound movements, all when I was a 110lb 16 year old with no training experience...
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I think its simply because (most) women do not have egos toward how much weight they lift. Guys, as we all can probably agree, try to lift too much as beginners. Heck, sometimes we intermediates and advanced lifters are guilty of doing so. And occasionally pay a price. Women, not so much, if at all.
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Absolute truth. This should be etched in a granite rock outside every public gym across the nation. Hell - across the world.
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I think its simply because (most) women do not have egos toward how much weight they lift. Guys, as we all can probably agree, try to lift too much as beginners. Heck, sometimes we intermediates and advanced lifters are guilty of doing so. And occasionally pay a price. Women, not so much, if at all.
This - and maybe the fact that women have a greater degree of hip flexibility and usually have strong ( ish ) glutes due to all of the female
focus on ass exercises.
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as for the bench - my wife says her boobs (heavy chested ) get in the way .... they look fine to me
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Im loving everything about these two posts!

However, I think there might be something we could tie in about subconscious thinking here
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Why is it that I rarely see a dedicated female with sketchy squat and deadlift form?

hip mobility and femur angles...and humility to do it right before doing it heavy

plus, tell a girl to stick out her ass and bingo. Tell a guy the same and get punched.
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