Blogger Snaps at Haters Who Say Weight Training Makes Women Look ‘Manly’

When I was growing up my grandfather used to lift weights. When he flexed his muscles, in my childlike mind, he reminded me of the Incredible Hulk. But there was nothing about what he did that made me think that lifting weights is something women should do.

Fast-forward to being an adult, after I hit 40, I started trying to sneak in some regular strength training to combat osteoporosis (brittle bones) when I get older. These days more women are getting the message that lifting weights is a great way to improve muscle mass and boost metabolism but there is still that preconceived notion that women who strength train look more manly. One mommy had a lot to say about that.

Fitness blogger Kelsey Wells and her son Anderson
Credit: Instagram / @kelseywells

Why does this fitness blogger believe lifting weights is feminine?

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Marissa Charles

Born and raised in London, Marissa Charles is an award-winning journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines around the world. Her work has appeared in publications in the UK, the US, Australia, South Africa and France. She loves writing about health, fitness, celebrities, true crime and human-interest stories Her byline has appeared in a variety of publications, including EBONY, the Daily Mail Online, The Guardian, Essence, the New York Post,,, and British Glamour. Marissa currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She has no children yet but is a proud – and at times embarrassing – godmother.

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