When I was growing up, I never really learned how to strength train, despite being a year-round athlete. I learned a few moves here and there (mainly thanks to the hours I spent at a sport performance training center), but I was never “taught” how to do them—it was more like I was corrected if my form was so off that I could get injured.
And in high school, the women I knew didn’t lift weights. We were told to run laps or sprints, while all of the male athletes—every team from football to baseball—were encouraged to hit the weight room.
In talking to other women, I realized that (in a lot of cases) women aren’t introduced to strength training as early as men are—and that’s probably why most women are less likely to lift weights at the gym. I myself always opted for a treadmill or elliptical, and measured my body’s strength in terms of minutes and miles. I never really knew what my body was capable of until I began lifting weights.
But that trend has and continues to shift, even in the past few years. There are so many badass women out there who took up strength training and never looked back. They’re inspirational, they’re strong as hell, and they’re here to tell their stories and share advice on how to get started.