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You lift like a girl

Less than 3 months ago, I set a “stretch goal” for women group lifters – 200 abs while holding an Olympic bar with one 45-lb plate aside in an upright bench press position at the end of an intense workout. 4 x 50 reps while locking out 135 lbs (45-lb bar + 45 + 45). Congratulations to Cathy Martin for achieving that goal last night, in a fraction of the time normally needed.

This ab workout is hardcore. Dual meaning. It’s a hardcore intense ab workout. And it builds a super hard core. Cathy started group lifting last August. She was a veteran X Fitness boot camper but a rookie hardcore lifter. Achieving her level of lifting, strength, and endurance in only eight months is incredible. But adding her age makes it epic. She’s 50…fifty years old!

The Power of Stretch Goals is limitless. A stretch goal is a seemingly unreasonable, outrageous goal by conventional standards. It’s a goal that raises the bar beyond traditional thinking. Stretch goals explore your soul, letting you search it for strength, stamina, and endurance that you never imagined having. Everyone has the soul of a lifter but not everyone finds it or uses it or brings it out. Many resign themselves to weakness by giving up when the candles on their birthday cake get too heavy. The soul of a lifter never grows old. You grow old when you stop lifting. You grow old when you stop searching your soul for more strength, more stamina, and more endurance from the limitless power source that we’re all blessed with.

Achieving a stretch goal is hardcore evidence –proof of what can be done when you invest your body, mind, and soul into a personal odyssey that has no finish line. Evidence eliminates unreasonable doubt, especially the killer self-doubt that vanquishes your spirit prematurely. Evidence makes us believe. Evidence makes us believe in doing what our minds had convinced us we couldn’t do.

“Stretch” goals stretch performance. All you need is a stretching program, a set of stretch goals that will examine your conscience with higher level s of urgency and intensity. Listen to your conscience after you question it. Let your conscience speak to you. And take the time to listen. The most important message you will hear is, “I’m not going to take it anymore.” Not going to accept mediocrity from self. Not going to accept excuses. Not going to accept failure. Not going to accept losing. Not going to accept what can’t be done. Along those lines, here is a link to a top 100 Classic Rock workout song that made number one on my hit list for this week’s workouts. The link is after my signature.

Congratulations, Cathy Martin. You definitely lift like a girl because girl lifters never quit. May you never stop lifting. Dual meaning. Lifting yourself and others.


Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., Level 3 Nat’l Coaching Certification Program
Head coach – Niagara X-men football

head coach- Robert Bateman High School – GO WILD.

Owner – X Fitness Inc.

Gino Arcaro is a widely published author. His website, blog, Youtube channel, and list of books are at: His books include: 4th & hell: seasons 1-5, Soul of a Lifter, SWAT Offense, SWAT Defense, X Fitness Workout System, and a 3 business book series called Soul of an Entrepreneur . He also has written 20 editions of 6 law enforcement academic textbooks. A new 8-volume interrogation book series will be released in the spring of 2014. And just released, a new children’s book called “BE FIT – DON’T QUIT.” His latest book on human potential called “Hashtag Peace” is at the editing stage. It will be released soon.

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