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Would You Prefer an All-Female Gym?

Speak Up: Does Gender Play a Role at Your Gym?

Girls only — no boys allowed! Places like Curves and Lucille Roberts have been making bank off of women-only gyms for years. They cater to ladies who want a friendly, relaxed, estrogen-filled facility. While some may still primp and socialize at the all-female clubs, others say they love the ability to work out in pajamas and a face mask without anyone caring or looking their way. Personally, I don't give a rat's tail about my cotreadmillers at my unisex club, but I do tend to shy away from certain equipment if a bevvy of men are around it. I'm not afraid of the gents, but it can be intimidating when it comes to lifting weights or trying a new machine. I find it a bit humbling when you have to pull the weight pin out and take it down a notch (or 10), only for them to jump in during one of your breaks and take it right back up and then some. But hey, maybe they're trying to impress me? Eh, doubtful. Nevertheless, the awkward moments are few and far between and are hardly noticeable by me, which means they must be nonexistent to the iron-pumping men. Having said that, I've never tried an all-women gym, though I just don't think it would make much of a difference for me. Would it to you?

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amber512 amber512 5 years
At one gym I went to they had a women's only section. I liked that. If you wanted to check out the "eye candy" you could stay in the main area, but if you wanted some privacy you could open the doors and go into a woman's only room.
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 5 years
So much eye candy at a co-ed gym. Why take it away from me? The only time I felt self-conscious was when I first joined and was new to the equipment. Thinking back to that time, I can understand why some women prefer women-only gyms. But I'm fine with co-ed. I'm sure there are big guys snickering at me, at petite 20-something that looks like she's about to turn 5, but I just remember that I'm there for myself and focus on that.
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 5 years
My gym is the best of both worlds. Upstairs is a co-ed gym, and downstairs is a smaller female-only gym. I use the female-only gym most of the time, but take co-ed classes. I hate to be sexist, but the reason I prefer the female-only gym is because there's less issues with BO and other odors!
kclulu kclulu 5 years
Nope. My gym is very friendly and not a meat market so I don't have a problem working out alongside men. I also think that it can be helpful to workout alongside both sexes because you have a more diverse style of exercise to observe and learn from. I have been weight lifitng for years and will occasionally see a lift or technique that I incorporate in my workouts. Typically I observe weight lifting from men, but not always. Coversely I observe women exercising and I adapt those techniques sometimes as well. I also don't let myself be intimidated by men lifting heavy weights, more often than not they are lifting too heavy and their form is terrible anyway! I can understand how irritating oggling is though and if it were really a problem at the gym I go to I would try and switch gyms because ew. I also might be a little biased since I met my fiance at the gym and that wouldn't have happened if I was at an all female gym!
outsung outsung 5 years
I've never been to an all girls gym but I think I would love it. I like strength training so I'm not weak or anything but it can be super intimidating to go to the weight side of the room especially when you add your own plates rather than just move a pin (I HATE IT when guys leave 250 lbs on the bars-- rerack your weights, buddy). Especially being in college where it's really unusual to see a girl on the machines
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