On the Internet, everyone is a critic. One of the major criticisms of Olympic weightlifters and power lifters is that they are far too reliant on gear and equipment. We wear specialized belts, shoes, straps; powerlifters have suits and even more specialized belts; and we’re even hyper-finicky about what types of bars we’ll lift on, or the types of weights we’ll put on those special (and expensive!) bars.
Before you jump the gun and buy your first pair of weightlifting shoes, you’ll need to understand something about how they are sized. While many shoe companies will tell you their shoes run “true to size,” that’s not very helpful, given that tennis shoe sizes are NOT standardized! However, dress shoe sizes are standardized. I strongly suggest if you don’t know what you wear in a MEN’S dress shoe that you go to the nearest shoe store and try some on until you figure it out. It is often different than what you wear in sporty shoes.
The Adidas Adistar line is one of the best lines of Olympic lifting shoes around, they will last you for literally a decade, and are built by people who’ve been making weightlifting shoes for a LONG time. They also look really cool! The Pendlay Do-Win is a relatively new kid on the block (compared to Adidas), but they’re a big kid on the block! The shoes are well built, come in variety of cool colors (the 2011 series looked like they were straight out of the movie TRON!), and they DO have a women’s specific version. Many of my lifters wear this brand of shoe and love them.
Many women tend to avoid protein powders for fear of building too much mass. Thankfully, that fear has been debunked for the average lady looking to reap the benefits of hard work in the gym, and the verdict is in: Protein rocks!
Even so, many women still fall short of consuming the necessary amount of protein for maximum results. Protein can help you build muscle, maintain muscle when losing weight, and recover from a tough workout It also fills you up more than other foods. In short, it’s an essential part of building or maintaining a lean, strong, and sexy physique! The list of protein powders here has been thoughtfully selected for any woman who wants to sculpt a bodacious figure and satisfy her refined taste buds. The chosen proteins will appease your sweet tooth while helping you reach your fitness goals, as the female reviews below can attest.
While Myoplex and Cyto Gainer contain a large amount of carbohydrates, the NOW Food’s Whey Protein Isolate contains a larger amount of protein and a minimal amount of carbohydrates. Joel Tietge’s on BodyBuilding.com rated Now’s Isolate as one of his favorite protein powder products. A single 64 g serving of Whey Protein Isolate provides 240 calories and contains 7 g of carbohydrates and 50 g of protein.
Are They Running Right Credit Picture License: Martin Tesovic (Slovakia) – London 2012 Olympics – Weightlifting via photopin cc