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For the guys: What do you think of a woman that you see in the weight room lifting?

Asked by Baddreamer27 (705 points ) February 13th, 2011

I have just started on my fitness journey about a month ago. I have dropped 10lbs and wanted to start adding free weights. I am very self conscious when it comes to lifting in a room full of buff guys pushing out 150 +lbs. I’m still pudgy and still learning to do the lifting correctly. What do guys think when they see a girl like me in the gym attempting to lift?

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Likeradar's avatar

I’m a woman, so I’m not your target here but I hope you don’t mind if I answer. I work out often and with weights. I’m a little softer in some areas than I’d like too, and I’m sure my form isn’t perfect.
When I see someone like me, I think “good for them!” Any person, man or woman, with an opinion you should care about thinks the same. A gym isn’t a competition, and you should be proud of yourself for taking the first step.

Baddreamer27's avatar

@Likeradar I keep telling myself this. Over and Over repeating in my head “We all start somewhere, Im just starting small” but I can’t help to think they are laughing at me or joking about me or thinking in thier heads, “Look at this little girl in here, what does she think she is doing” Im in the military and have gotten alot of this type of attitude everywhere, and working out on a military base gym definately has those types in it. That’s why Im asking though, to see if it is just my and my mind being silly or do guys really think this. I appreciate your answer and it does make me feel good!

CaptainHarley's avatar

What do I think? I think, “Day-um! You GO, girl!” : D

wundayatta's avatar

I don’t do gyms or weights, so I don’t know for sure, but I imagine they don’t really care so long as you follow whatever etiquette there is there. They probably see women come and go. If you stick it out for a while, they might actually start to be friendly or helpful. Who knows?

And even if they don’t, your health is more important than what a bunch of air-headed hunks think. In any case, you need to focus on your form and your weights and that hardly leaves room to think about them.

iamthemob's avatar

‘Atta girl.

windex's avatar

I think “What is she doing out of the kitchen.”

Baddreamer27's avatar

@windex BOO! ha ha ha…but seriously you are joking right? Even though I do kick ass in the kitchen, I want to kick ass in the gym too…

chyna's avatar

I love to see other women in the gym. I always think “there’s someone that is concerned about their health.”

Bun's avatar

(I am a girl). I always feel uncomfortable around the meatballs in the free-weights area until I spot a lady pumping away and think, “If she can do this, so can I!”

windex's avatar

@Baddreamer27 bro…I think it’s fantastic what you are doing, why would you care what people think. You’re working hard to be fit and healthy instead of sitting on a couch in front of the TV watching CSI elevator and shoving a number 6 value meal down your throat.
Good luck and keep up the good job. One of the best feelings on earth is that pain you feel when you’re pushing yourself hard during a workout and sweating like crazy.
Now where is my sandwich.

Baddreamer27's avatar

@windex Thanks, I smiled after reading that…do you like lettuce and tomato? Perhaps a dill spear on the side? lol

bobbinhood's avatar

@CaptainHarley and @iamthemob That’s really encouraging. I’ve always wanted to do weights, but I’ve been too intimidated to try.

Baddreamer27's avatar

@bobbinhood Get in there! Today I did it, it was very nerve racking, but I was glad I finally did do it. I asked this question to see what is really goin on in thier heads and Im happy with the answers. I think all of us girls could appreciate it.

12Oaks's avatar

I think she’s a woman lifting weights in a weight room. Not sure what else there is to think about them.

Bluefreedom's avatar

I think it’s a woman who is trying to maker herself better, stay healthy, and get in shape or stay in shape. All the power to her.

ETpro's avatar

I think it’s great. I love to see people, be they male or female, with good solid muscle tone. I’m also prejudiced because a close friend of mine dated a championship female bodybuilder for a time and he told me she could do some truly amazing things when making love. So there is that little side benefit to consider.

If some of the hunky guys in the weight room have a problem with a female working out, it just shows how close to their Neanderthal cousins they still are.

Cruiser's avatar

What do you want guys to think? Gyms are full of guys who only care about the reflection in the mirror and other gym rats who only care about the size of the spandex on the hottie over there working out. Why are you there at the gym??? For them or for you??

ucme's avatar

I think, oh look, a girl lifting weights. Then immediately forget about it & move on.

mattbrowne's avatar

Oh, that’s how waitresses at the Munich Oktoberfest prepare to carry

http://www.welt.de/multimedia/archive/00668/oktoberfest07_DW_Ha_668864p.jpg

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