Women Can’t Do Chinups?

Real Fit Women update:

00.22 – Study shows women cannot do chin-ups
01:15 – 49 year old women does 20 chin-ups
01:25 – You can install a chin-up bar in a door frame
01:44 – Take studies with a grain of salt
01:50 – Trying to quit sugar
02:14 – Free 8 week program to follow along to quit sugar
02:33 – Try having just one sugar in your coffee instead of two
03:03 – Peanut butter mousse
03:39 – Ideas for rainy day exercise



Hi this is Casey Stevens with RealFitWomen.com with another Real Fit Women update.

In this video we are going to discuss a study that has proved without a shadow of a doubt that women cannot do chin-ups.

We’re going to discuss quitting sugar, and also a few exercise that you can do inside on days when you don’t want to leave the house.

So first up this week there has been a study circulating the internet from the Dayton University in Ohio . Now this study has proven conclusively that women cannot do chin-ups or pull-ups. The study focused on 17 women of normal shape, whatever that means, and the researchers put the women through a weights program. It was 3 days a week for 3 months and at the end of the time, only 4 women out of the 17 could do one unassisted pull-up.

So that proves it that I may as well give up because being female I’m never going to be able to do a chin-up. Personally I think it’s a bit of a crock. 17 women out of billions on the planet is not statistically significant.

I’ll link to the video below of a 49 year old woman, Shawna Kaminski, 49 and she can bang out 20 chin-ups just like that.

Recently I actually installed a chin up bar. It’s one of the ones that you put in to your door frame and I can do 5 of those assisted, so someone just guiding me and I’m well on my way to doing one unassisted.

So next time you read a study I would dig a bit deeper and maybe just take it with a grain of salt.

There has also been a lot of talk in the media recently about how sugar is actually bad for us, all the added sugars to our foods. I’m a bit of a sugar addict and during the year I purchased an ebook, I think it was $15 called I Quit Sugar from Sarah Wilson. Who is an Australian blogger and nutritionist. Anyway, there is 8 weeks to Christmas and she is putting on a free quit sugar by Christmas program. You just need to sign up to the email list and she’ll guide you through 8 weeks of quitting sugar.

The first week which is this week is just about cutting back. So maybe having one sugar instead of two or just taking all the sugar out of your morning coffee or tea. I’ll put the link below if you’d like to join up. Let me know how you’re going.

And on the quitting sugar, I’m a bit of a dessert freak, so I though I’d make a dessert this week so that it’s in the fridge, it’s easy, it’s there and if I do feel the need to have something sweet or sugary I don’t need to rush out and buy something crap.

It’s looks really disgusting, but it actually tastes really good. I’ve just pulled it out of the fridge so it’s really hard at the moment. It’s actually a peanut butter mousse.

The base is cottage cheese and it’s got Stevia and peanut butter. I also put in some chocolate protein powder because I’m not really a fan of cottage cheese so I wanted to try and mask the taste. It’s really actually quite good. You can taste the cottage cheese so if you don’t like cottage cheese it might not be for you.

Next time maybe try ricotta, because ricotta has still got lots of protein and is good for you but hasn’t quite got the cheesy taste.

On days like today, I’m not sure if you can see, it’s calmed down a bit but its been bucketing down all morning and thundering and lightning so I wasn’t going to go outside to do my exercise today.

Instead I got on to iTunes and I downloaded for, I think it was $3, a 20 minute yoga session of cardio yoga. It was actually quite, it got me moving and got my heart rate up and I also did 10 minutes of squats and lunges. So that was 30 minutes indoors, easy, my hair stayed dry, and I didn’t have to go out and potentially get hit by lightning. Though I’m sure that never actually happens.


I’ve been Casey Stevens for RealFitWomen.com I’ll see you next time.