The section full of free weights is undoubtedly the most intimidating spot of any gym—a place where, let’s be honest, a lot of women don’t feel like they belong.
Some women feel like they aren’t strong enough to lift with the bros. Others worry that they will commit some sort of strength-training faux paus. (And of course if we’re being honest it’s not all in our heads. There are plenty of gyms or parts of gyms where women, gender non-conforming folks, people of size, and plenty of other people, don’t feel welcome because, well, people in the gym are making them feel unwelcome.) But if your trepidation has to do with feeling like you don’t know what to do with free weights, the solution is always simple.