Pursuing Health & Fitness As A Woman

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UTD chapter.For decades, the fitness industry has been a male-dominated area. When people think ofthe gym, they often think of men with giant muscles and protein shakes. For years, women havebeen fed the idea that if they go to the gym and do anything other than cardio, they will get bulkyand look “manly.” Some people have even spread the notion that working out isn’t “ladylike.”In 2024, the times have changed. Now, many women, such as myself, have turned to the gymas a place for exercise, community, and fun. Female fitness influencers such as Whitney Simmonshave flooded social media platforms, posting content that is aimed at encouraging women to gointo their local gyms and pick up the free weights, not just get on the treadmill. Simmons postsworkout plans and ideas for women to use, especially because going into a gym for the first time(whether you are a man or a woman) can be very intimidating. Simmons also gives a positiveperspective to women struggling with body image issues in the gym, filming herself genuinely anddocumenting her struggles with body image, encouraging women that social media is fake and thateveryone has off days.
Working at a gym myself, I get to help women coming in to give weightlifting a try. Partof why I love my job as much as I do is that I get to encourage these women to take up space withinsuch a male-dominated area. Despite positive strides being made for women in the gym, the workis not yet done. Being a woman in the gym, both as an employee and a gym-goer, has come withits fair share of catcalling. Despite the issues that come with it, women joining the gym is such apositive thing for our society. The fitness community is truly for everyone, and I am proud to be apart of a culture that supports that.


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