Originally posted by lonely0planet
Originally posted by --arti--
Also - I don't think the gym is full of hot or fit people. Far from it. I think it is filled with (mostly) insecure people who are measuring various parts of their body (turn-off). And as a woman, I'd say forget about going to the strength training section of the gym without getting random macho losers trying to give you their sweaty "free tips."
totally disagree.. @bold funny
never happened to me... may be when someone looks lost ?
Sadly men feel entitled to approach women whether or not they look "lost." Gym or not, the fact is that men automatically feel superior to women, and "stronger," and somehow better versed in all things fitness. It's not just fitness, it's also cars. One middle aged guy once asked me if I would like him to parallel park my car. I am great at parallel parking, and it's just insulting and rude. It's not "helpful." I don't look lost, but I think women who have smaller frames or who are a bit more on the petite side are especially targetted by these losers. It happens all the time. So most gyms are just not comfortable or inviting spaces for women, generally. Women's gyms don't have all the equipment usually. I'm not saying yoga studios are great spaces. They're mostly full of white yuppies or granola hippies. But at least you don't have creepy "high testosterone" guys trying to pick up women. I figure most guys who practice yoga embrace a different notion of fitness/strength and they don't generally
come across in that macho way.
@freethinker. Handstands require a lot of strength, which is why beginners can't do them. If it was just about balance, everyone could learn how to do it. You need to develop, over a long time, enough core and arm strength to be able to do it. Like I said, whether or not one opts for power yoga depends on the goals. Strength training doesn't mean you have to progressively keep building bigger muscles. It's one view of fitness. I think it's something that is seen as very "tough" and "masculine," but actually doesn't equate to strength.
Strength is also stamina and muscular endurance, which you develop in power yoga. You progressively learn to hold difficult postures for longer, or do more complex variations of postures. You engage all your muscles. You don't need to do one-hour plank for that. Throughout an hour, you will continuously engage almost all those muscles in various poses, except for when you pause. In power yoga, there are usually no pauses. With free weights or weight-training machines, you don't use most of your muscles. Because you use your whole body, power yoga requires that you use small muscles in your body. I often have soreness in muscles that I didn't even know I had. That's because those are the muscles I use the least in everyday life or in sports - like my obliques or small gluteal muscles. Hamstrings, gluteus maximus, triceps, biceps, and abs are easy to use and build. But there are a lot of other muscles too that can't really be targetted through weights.