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Girls Who Lift: women who aren’t afraid to go heavy

The weights section of the gym used to be dominated by men who flaunted their muscles and machismo. But with increasing numbers of young women building their physical and mental strength through weight training, girls who lift are challenging outdated ideals of the female form.

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The weights area of the gym has long been a boys’ club, where testosterone, machismo, and pain-induced grunts are in high supply. But some women are now challenging outdated ideals about the female body by choosing to lift weights and build their muscles; a survey conducted by the Gym Group in 2016 found that 93% of female gym users incorporated resistance training into their regular exercise routines and 65% lifted up to three times per week. [1] “For me, lifting weights was saying ‘I’m going to become a strong, independent woman’ and that's what it did for ...

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