I got my wife to do Starting Strength for a little while and she loved it. Women like to lift heavy, it’s just a matter of getting them to understand that they won’t look like Vera DeMilo overnight.
I showed her some pics and vids of Pauline Nordin and told her “that’s the biggest you’ll possibly get without any kind of chemical assistance, and look how much weight she’s moving”. Once she realized that she could move heavy weight without looking like an ox, she was all in.
BE HER COACH! That means making her do shit she doesn’t want to do. If she misses depth on a rep, make her do another. If she says she doesn’t want to do a lift 'cause it sucks, tell her “well that’s what we’re doing, princess, so suck it up”. If she flat-out refuses, then she doesn’t respect you and you’re fucking doomed anyway.
If she does respect you, and you flex some authority, there will be a reward for that later. Women melt for a commanding man.[/quote]
You have a point although women respond best to compliments and praise not challenge(unless your woman is very masculine), if you want her to do a lift she doesn’t like tell her she’s good at it and that you want to see her do better by doing x,y and z. She’ll probably respond better to that than telling her to suck it up and do it. [/quote]
Uh-huh. You have three options, not two. Compliment: “But, baby, you’re so good at them”, Challenge: “Bet you can’t do it”, or the third, most effective option “Do it because I said to do it”.
If that doesn’t work, either she’s too masculine or you’re not masculine enough.