Amazing Insights into Experiences of Women Who Lift

Sixteen women explain how strength training has helped them find a strength they didn’t know they had.

posted on July 25, 2014, at 4:22 p.m. by Mackenzie Kruvant @ BuzzFeed

What Lifting Weights Taught Me About Being A Woman
Image by Thomas Tolstrup / Getty Images, graphic by Mackenzie Kruvant / BuzzFeed

Lifting weights as a woman gets a bad rep. Many shy away from it because they worry that if they lift they will look too manly. Instead they focus on cardio. While women fight to become skinnier, many don’t push to become stronger. The number on the scale is still seen as the ultimate goal. It’s unfortunate for a lot of reasons, one being that lifting can have amazing physical and mental benefits. I asked some women to explain how “picking things up and putting them down” has changed their outlook on life and their connection with themselves. Here’s what they said:

via What Lifting Weights Taught Me About Being A Woman.

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