There’s still a pretty clear gender divide at the gym. Men tend to stick to the weights section and grunt as loudly as possible, while the majority of women avoid weights at all costs and opt for the running machines instead.
Of course, this isn’t to say that no women lift weights, but there is definitely an imbalance. Why? Maybe women are less sure about how to use them, or are scared of looking too muscly. But lifting weights will not magically turn you into the Incredible Hulk.
Here’s why this trend should change, and why more women should give pumping iron a go.
1. It’ll strengthen your muscles
UK-based exercise physiologist Dr Irv Rubenstein explains: “For muscles to grow stronger, all you need to do is make them work harder than they are accustomed to working. This is called the ‘overload principle’.”
It’s as simple as that: If you start lifting weights, you will get stronger. But following this principle, if you start...