We get requests every week here at T-mag to provide more information geared towards women. Too bad! This is Man Land, baby, go read Good Housekeeping and fetch me a Sam Adams while you're up. No, no, I'm just kidding! We like women; heck, most of our mothers are women. Still, we're not about to post some frilly article aimed at a bunch of Oprah-watching Jenny Craig rejects. No, if we post something for the fairer sex, it's going to be geared toward our kind of woman.

See, there're two basic categories of women these days and you can differentiate the two quite easily in the gym. The first type of woman doesn't even call it a gym. It's a "fitness studio." She doesn't want to get "too big" so she doesn't lift heavy weights. She sticks to machines because her personal trainer told her free weights are only for men and are dangerous to boot. She attends jazzercise and yoga classes. This type of female seems to be allergic to sweat, especially her own. If you were to overhear her conversations in the gym, you wouldn't hear about sets, reps or TUT, instead you'd hear about little Bobby's soccer game or those darling earrings shaped like Christmas trees she picked up at the craft show. Sure enough, she never seems to be making much progress.

When the second type of woman walks into the gym, you'd better hope your spotter doesn't see her. If he does, then not even your gurgling death rattle will break her hypnotic spell long enough so that he'll remove the bar from across your throat. Who could blame him? She's a total hardbody: tight and tan, sexy and strong. She'll likely head straight for the squat rack, causing every man she passes to lose count of his reps. If you watch her train (and you know you will), you'll notice she doesn't play around. She lifts with focused intensity as delicate droplets of sweat run down her tanned belly until they slow and catch on her navel ring, dancing there, glistening, glimmering, beckoning sorry, got distracted there for a minute.

We're not talking about a nasty female pro bodybuilder either. No way, this type of woman is the epitome of feminine beauty. What you're seeing is a genuine alpha female, the quintessential Testosterone Vixen. Now you may be thinking that this species of female is not only rare, but perhaps even extinct. You'd be wrong. We found one. We not only found a real life T-Vixen, we may have found their leader.

Mariam Power is Canada's pound-for-pound top female powerlifter, but she's also a bikini model, fitness competitor, actress, a certified teacher and martial artist. Beauty, brains, and a 400-pound squat — definite T-Vixen material. If you're a guy, then this is the article you'll want to print out for your wife or girlfriend. If you're a female type person, then listen up as Mariam tells you how to get on the real path to Babedom.

T: First things first. Just to prove to our readers that you've got the brawn to back up the beauty, let's hear the numbers.

MP:

T: You also practice Kenpo, right?

MP:

T: So basically, you could kick my ass, huh?

MP:

T: Where did you grow up and how did you get interested in weight training and powerlifting?

MP:

T: Does your dad still compete?

MP:

T: Dr. Kinakin told us in a past interview that Canada had to go back and throw out a lot of records because the steroids were so prevalent.

MP:

T: Did you play other sports?

MP:

T: I read on your web site that you played on the boy's team. Is that right?

MP:

T: Did your dad work with you on these sports as well?

MP:

T: That's a tough program for a 15 year old girl!

MP:

T: You have a very strong drug-free stance and always advertise that fact. I'm guessing people assume you use steroids?

MP:

T: How bad is the drug scene? We hear the "natural" competitions are a big joke.

MP:

T: Is the dishonesty in the sport depressing to you as a natural competitor?

MP:

T: I've always thought Monica Brant looks better out of competition.

MP:

T: Our readers, for the most part, tell us they hate the pro bodybuilder look. Now the fitness girls are starting to look unnatural. It seems like the judges aren't listening to the public. Look what happened to Monica this year.

MP:

T: What's the trend there? Are we going to see fitness competitions self destruct with drugs?

MP:

T: That was the drug test?

MP:

T: No urine test, no lie detector or anything?

MP:

T: I suppose they advertised that this was a drug-tested competition?

MP:

T: You've said flat out that you plan to set a new standard in the sport. Being an actual drug-free champion is almost a crusade with you, huh?

MP:

T: So far, so good, but you must be tempted to use steroids.

MP:

T: Your next goal is to set a bench press record, right?

MP:

T: Tell me about your training. How does it differ when you're training for a meet and training for a Ms. Figure? Don't tell me you use a powerlifting routine to prepare for a bikini contest.

MP:

T: How about cardio? Powerlifting and cardio don't mix for most people.

MP:

T: Really?

MP:

T: Alright, let's talk diet.

MP:

T: Do you use supplements?

MP:

T: Now you have a lot of non-powerlifting things in the works, too, right?

MP:

T: Of course. Any self-respecting man knows his Pam Anderson history. [Pam is actually from Comox, where Mariam currently trains and resides.]

MP:

T: What do you think of the waif look and the wave of skinniness that is washing over Hollywood?

MP:

T: How about breast implants and fitness competitors? Everyone is buying a pair these days.

MP:

T: Do people accuse you of having implants?

MP:

T: He was referring to your breasts?

MP:

T: Well, at least you can get really lean without going Mia Finnegan on us!

MP:

T: Many of the fitness chicks are also doing some nude work now. Have you ever been approached to do something like that?

MP:

T: Do guys ever get intimidated by you? Does the fact that you can out lift most guys affect your relationships?

MP:

T: How would you respond to women who want to get in shape, but are scared to lift weights because they think they're going to get "too big" or "bulky".

MP:

T: What bugs me is these women think they're going to wake up and accidentally be huge one morning. You know, like putting on massive amounts of muscle is easy.

MP:

T: How would you start a woman out if you were her trainer?

MP:

T: So you're saying that when you train like the normal women we see in the gym everyday, you start to lose that bod?

MP:

T: Okay, let's say you've convinced a woman reading this to adopt your style of training. Give us a Mariam-style program.

MP:

Monday — Deadlifts, Back, Biceps: This is a tough workout, so I'd have my clients do it on Monday when they're the freshest. Also, we always stretch 10 to 15 minutes before every session.

Deadlifts: 5x6 ( I see no need to do over 6 to 8, maximum.)
Lat pulldowns: 3x8
Barbell rows: 3x8
One arm rows: 3x8
Straight barbell curls: 3x8
Hammer curls: 3x6
Seated dumbbell curls: 3x10

Tuesday — 25 minutes of cardio. Walk one minute on the treadmill and then run 30 seconds, repeat. We'd also do ab work on this day- side bends, sit-ups or crunches. Ab work not only makes you look good, but I believe it's very important in preventing injury.

Wednesday — Chest and Triceps:

Bench Press: 1x8, 1x8, 1x5, 1x5, 1x3, 1x1
Incline barbell press: 3x6-8
Incline dumbbell flyes: 3x8-10
Close grip bench: 4x6
Tricep pushdowns: 3x8-10
Dips: 3x15-20

Thursday — Cardio and abs again.

Friday — Legs and Shoulders:

Squats: 1x8, 1x8 1x5, 1x5, 1x3, 1x3 1x1
Leg press: 3x22
Leg curls: 3x10
Seated calf raises: 4x10
Behind-the-neck press: 3x6-8
Dumbbell laterals : 3x8
Dumbbell raises: 3x8
Barbell shrugs: 2x12-15

Weekends — REST, REST, REST!

Sometimes we'll do more cardio and abs after a regular workout, depending on the person.

T: Give us a rough idea of the kind of training you're doing now.

MP:

T: How many sets of inclines?

MP:

T: Give us one of your bench press secrets. We won't tell anybody.

MP:

T: Do you use any gadgets like Swiss balls or the Full Speed Device?

MP:

T: Do you use a belt?

MP:

T: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Mariam. I think you have a lot to teach women and are a great role model for them.

MP:

To me, Mariam is unique. Her pictures alone are enough to get women into the free weight section of the gym, but she also epitomizes the kind of work ethic we should all adopt. For all those that "don't have time" to hit the weights, I challenge you to spend a day in Mariam's deadlifting shoes. To top it all off, she donates a large portion of her earnings to a children's hospital in her community. That leaves only two questions:

1. Will she break the world's record and become the new ideal for the female physique?

2. Will she agree to have my children?

My bets are on number one.