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Women Inspiring Women


It's amazing how many women are leading by example. As a tribute to a woman out there who inspires me, I'm starting this thread to encourage other women to share their idols. Pictures are great, but this isn't about gals like Jamie Eason! She's awesome, but let's see the kind of women that aren't just building muscle - they're popping out kids and wrangling their families, running their careers and overhead pressing the little fitness gals - two at a time.

So here's my post, a tribute to Kristin Rhodes. If you don't know who she is...take a look at the gal who, if she did have balls, would have bigger ones than most of the guys you know!


Holy crap!


Impressive Very Impressive!


I have no idea who this is, but this is cool.


Finally something to contribute

Tribute to THE Natalie Woolfolk


[quote]Jillybop wrote:
Finally something to contribute

Tribute to THE Natalie Woolfolk


That’s amazing.

I just can’t imagine the balance and equilibrium required to execute Olympic lifts, not to mention the strength. Especially for all the overhead presses. Looks dangerous to me.

Perhaps an O-lifter can answer this question. If your balance is just a bit off at the top of the press, and when it is directly overhead, how do you dump the bar, and keep the weight from killing you? She dumps it forward after a successful lift, but what about failure, like just before the bar is at the top? Or if her stance is shaky?

To me, working without a spotter is like walking a tightrope without a net. Especially when benching heavy. I’ve been able to ditch a failed squat alone in the rack, and have gotten a few good scrapes from letting the bar rip down my legs when my DL grip gives out, but lifting the bar above my body? Damn. If I fail, I get crushed.

So O-lifters have my respect and admiration.

Wow. Just wow.


The vid is awesome! She has the technique, I wish my technical snatch came close to that.
Momma, it’s not as bad as it looks!
Your not lifting the weight over your head as much as you are throwing the weight up and catching it. Once the bar is caught, you lock it in place. The bar doesn’t really leave your hands, but the arms are very loose, it’s the force of the jump that is throwing the weight up.

Failure comes if there is not enough power in the jump and the arms start actually lifting the bar and not throwing it. At that point you are not overhead so dumping the bar is not too hard, you just put it down. If you fail at the lockout, you can always either dump the bar in the back or front.
Last week a guy at my gym lost it at the bottom of a technical snatch.

The plates fell off one side of the bar and somehow he managed to drive the end of the bar through the wall, through a stud and put a big puck in the exterior siding of the building. It was pretty funny. Seems that most people can get out of the way if a few big heavy plates are crashing down upon them!

There is more danger in doing the lift wrong and ruining your shoulders or elbows. With bad technique it’s easy to pull tendons and rip through rotator cuffs.
If you ever get the chance to work with someone who is experienced in OL, give it a try!


Hey, dianab.

Thanks for the explanation.
I’ll stick to watching others do O-lifts, though. I’m really clumsy, and will be banned from every gym I put a hole in.

They are some awesome feats, though.


[quote]Jillybop wrote:
Finally something to contribute

Tribute to THE Natalie Woolfolk


how much weight was that?


[quote]inthego wrote:
Jillybop wrote:
Finally something to contribute

Tribute to THE Natalie Woolfolk

how much weight was that?[/quote]

I believe the last C & J was 260 lb.



So…I just came across this. She’s not exactly a woman, but I thought the video was awesome.



Awesome Thread


Here’s a video clip filled with inspiring pictures of beautiful women who lift.