Being a competitive person myself, it is hard for me not to compare myself to other females (or even males) in the strength world. However, there is a difference between being inspired by these strength enthusiasts and getting discouraged. When it comes to working out, and healthy eating habits, different things work for different people. You must remember to use these youtube videos, clips, and blogs as resources and references to track progressions, but not to measure your progress. EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT. Our bodies react differently to strength trainings, foods, endurance trainings, sedetary and active lifestyles, amount of sleep, etc. We need to live and work within our own realms, within our own lives.
When I ran the BAA Half Marathon, I started out confident. I had trained well, cross-trained, strength trained—I was ready. Race day came and at mile 6, my IT band was in pain. I had trained smart and was in great shape, and never in my training had I experienced any injury. Miles 6-10 were gruesome, and I altered my running form to compensate for the “setback”(probably not the best thing to do). When it came to the last 5k, I just went for it. The faster I ran, the sooner it would be over, and the pain would be gone. I probably shouldn’t have even finished, but to say the least, I finished with a better time than the goal I set!
My friend trained for the same race. Never foam rolled, did less strength training than me, and was on a less “structured” running program than I was. He barely ran with a watch, wouldn’t measure the mileage until after the run, and during training would run at the pace he felt like rather than taking an “easy run” or a “tempo run.”
He beat me by 4 minutes.
The point of sharing this story is that “to each is their own” and different programs work for different people. There is no one program that is going to get everyone the results they want.
This great article by Bret Contreras, Female Strength Levels reminds you to BE THE BEST YOU!