Ever since I first started working out back at the age of 20, I noticed a strange trend at gyms. Women would rarely work out in the weights section of the gym especially if there were blokes working out there. Back in India, there were special times allocated for just women at the gym between 11 in the morning till like 4 in the evening or something like that. When I was on holidays, I went between those times and there would be a few women working out with dumbbells and lifting weights. But most were still confined to the cardio equipment at the gym. Once I started uni and worked for a bit, well, I went to the gym early in the morning or after work and barring maybe one or two other women, there were mainly just men for company when it came to lifting weights. I put it down to Indians and the whole culture thing.
Fast forward to Australia almost a decade later.
A similar story repeats. I notice that unless women are with a trainer, they will rarely lift weights at the gym. In my last 6 to 8 months at the current gym, I only notice one other lady who will lift weights without a trainer like me. Even when the guys are working out.
And I can’t help but wonder: Why is that?
Why don’t women lift weights when there are men around? Why do they only feel they can enter the weights section with a personal trainer and not on the days they don’t have the trainer? The men at the gym are not intimidating in any way. Sure they lift heavier weights than us. But let’s face it, physically they are a lot bigger. In all my time working out, never has a guy said to me I shouldn’t be there.
Is it intimidating that there are guys around? Because trust me, they really don’t care.
Or is it just a worry that by lifting weights you become all blokey and muscly? Because FYI, you don’t! We don’t have enough testosterone to bulk up like men!
I guess I just started thinking about this even more when I was chatting to the previously mentioned lady at the gym the other day…she had been very excited when she saw me working out in the weights section as for almost 2 years, she had been the only woman there. And we both wondered out loud why women wouldn’t work out with weights on their own. And agreed that it gave us a better high than cardio.
So, if you are a woman who goes to the gym but thinks the weights section is off-limits, please tell me why.
I’m curious. Honestly.
Until next time,