A sure-fire way for tall women self-conscious of their height to gain massive confidence is to learn the deadlift exercise–a most empowering form of strength training.
Most women of any height do not know what a deadlift is, though many more have actually seen a deadlift, not knowing that this is the name of what they were observing.
I’m a certified personal trainer and a woman. I stand 5-8. I wish I were six feet.
If you happen to be a very tall woman who hates her height, slouches, feels awkward and embarrassed about it and blames a lot of bad things in her life on being tall, then deadlifts are just what the doctor ordered.
On the other hand, if you’re a very tall lady who is quite happy with her height … well, guess what: You, too, should do deadlifts.
A popular site for tall women has a “tall quotes” page with hundreds of postings spanning many years by tall women from all over.
A significant number of these postings are from women who believe that being tall is a wicked curse, while not enough of the postings are from women who feel blessed for being extra tall.
If you’re tall enough, you may find yourself in the habit of compromising your posture often, when speaking to shorter people.
If you’re really tall, you may find yourself commonly ducking to clear doorways. This is bad for the posture.
Deadlifts will help correct compromised posture. But what really throws off good spinal alignment is a habit of slouching and trying to appear shorter, which many tall women, via their “tall quotes” postings, claim that they do.
If slouching is done often enough, especially before the growth plates have fused and the body has stopped growing, the vertebral column might “mold” into that less-than-ideal posture.
Doing deadlifts will help counteract this effect. Of course, completely doing away with the slouching and slumping is an even better idea.
Deadlifting will give a teen girl or woman, who’s insecure about her height, a boost of self-assuredness.
The deadlift exercise works many muscle groups at once, and as a woman becomes stronger at this exercise, it just feels so good!
How to do a deadlift is a whole new article, but suffice it to say, this is one of the best strength-training exercises. And strength training has been proven, time and time again, to seriously upgrade the self-esteem levels of women of all sizes.
Deadlifting will not bulk you up, even though heavily muscled men often do deadlifts.
This exercise is a whole-body exercise, and, when compared to other strength-training routines, is one of the top calorie burners. So if you’d like to lose weight and get leaner and tighter, deadlifts are the way to go.
There is no such thing as being too tall to do deadlifts. Just find the weight that you can work with, yet is challenging. And then go at it.
Lorra Garrick is a former personal trainer certified through the American Council on Exercise. At Bally Total Fitness she trained women and men of all ages for fat loss, muscle building, fitness and improved health.