Weight Gain for Muscle Strength

In the midst of the Winter Olympics, Yahoo! Sports posted an interesting blog by Maggie Hendricks titled Ice dancer Belbin has put on weight, and she couldn’t be happier.

Hendricks reported that Tanith Belbin weighs ten pounds more than she did at the 2006 competition. “…Belbin and Agosto went to new coaches, including Natalia Linichuk, in 2008. One of Linichuk’s first suggestions was for Belbin to put on weight. … With Linichuk’s help, Belbin changed her eating and training habits. She grew stronger, allowing curves and muscles to be a part of her body. Agosto said that their lifts have improved, as Belbin can hold herself up more easily. If you’ve ever held a sleeping child, you know that Agosto’s job became much easier as Belbin’s strength improved.”

Many Americans are obsessed with slenderness to look good, but Belbin needed to be slim for her profession. Apparently, it was a struggle. “I’m not eating anything and I’m exhausted and cranky and stressed and all of those things that make you gain weight even more.” Not fun. But her story has a happy ending (4th place!). And from her story, we see the benefits of a strong and sturdy body.

Chad Tackett, president of GHF (I think that’s Global Health & Fitness), writing for mamahealth.com says that “Everyone can improve their strength, appearance, and performance level by consistently implementing an effective strength training program.” Whether you consider yourself overweight, underweight or just right, make it a goal this spring to become a stronger person in all aspects of your being—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Becky

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