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Inspire a generation: Women on the podium

July 31, 2012 at 4:59
Posted by Rachael Woolston

When it comes to gender equality in sports, Great Britain has long dragged behind the US to name just one. This summer, let’s hope that the London Olympics will be remembered as a time when the GB women’s team deliver as many medals as the men.

We are not doing too shabbily so far with Lizzie Armistead and Rebecca Adlington winning medals. Although it is not just medals that inspire but the incredible feats of our female athletes.

Team GB weight lifter, Zoe Smith is a case in point. Just 18 years old, she snatched the British Clean and Jerk record of 121kg. That is like lifting the equivalent weight of a musclebound Arnold Schwarzengger in his 1970’s hey day.

It would be a wonderful legacy but in reality all the hype disguises a more depressing reality. Statistics show that participation among girls in sport drops off compared to boys as soon as they are out of school.

Worst of all, a survey by the Women’s Sport and Fitness Founation shows that girls do not like exercising in front of boys, and feel that getting sweaty is not feminine.

What has happened to the Fitbitch attitude?

To overcome this and wake everyone up to the huge rocket soaring endorphin ride and confidence boosting power of sport, we need more role models who are not just elite atheletes.ty.

At Fitbitch, we have trained hundreds of women who came to us having given up exercise at school, and now realise how much they missed out. They are now role models to their children, or their office colleagues, and this is where the grass roots movement must surely be cultivated.

Inspiration comes from every day women, not just elite athletes.

So let’s not just leave it to the Olympians but lead the way ourselves, and show that women are a force to be reckoned with.

Fitbitches shall inherit the earth. Or the stadiums or something.

For more information about the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation’s campaign and support their movement, tweet #gogirl for any women’s fitness feat.



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Are you inspired? Team GB Women

July 30, 2012 at 10:35
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Lizzie Armistead, took siliver in the women's road race

Olympics 2012 is a first for women, as it is the first time that women will be represented in every country.

And in Team GB, women make up 48% of the team which means that us girls may well bring home more medals than the men.

And we are doing pretty well so far, with Rebecca Adlington scooping Bronze in the  400metres freestyle, while Lizzie Armistead scooped Silver in cycling at the weekend.

‘I’m pretty chuffed,’ she said. ‘I feel increadible, really, really happy. Hopefully, I have got the GB ball rolling now.’

But what is even more valuable than the medals is the inspirational effect that watching these women may have on women all around the world.

Think it’s just winning medals that creates happiness? Any exercise gives you a sense of accomplishment and fills you with feel good endrophins. Which is far more valuable than a Jimmy Choo pair of shoes, or Burberry handbag.

To help spread the empowerment of women through sport and exercise, FitBitch Boot Camp and running club will give one free session to a running club Wednesday night training session, or a Tuesday night Boxing Belles session (both at 7.30pm) to every new member whenever a Team GB woman wins a medal.

All you have to do is email us with the subject matter, Go Girls, and we will give you a date in the next available sessions (spaces are limited).

Together with the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF),  which has launched its Go Girl campaign, to help keep the legagcy of London 2012 going for longer than just the next six weeks, we hope this will help women from all different walks of life realise that they can become an inspiration to others too.


Terms and Conditions apply. All applications for free spaces must be made before the Closing Ceremony on August 12 and is open to women only, when a TEam GB female athlete scoops a medal. One session per person only.


Follow Liz and Rebecca on Twitter. @L_ArmiTstead @beckadlington

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