11 Common Struggles All Girls Who Lift Heavy Understand


Women's Health |

By K. Aleisha Fetters

#7: Every time you post a workout pic to Instagram, you end up looking constipated.

Let’s get real: All women should lift—and heavy. Seriously, moving heavy weights is one of the best things you can possibly do for both your body and your mind.

It’s your key to building serious muscle, boosting your energy levels, and crushing your fat-loss goals. Plus, it makes you feel like a complete badass, which, let’s be honest, you totally are.

But all DOMS aside, heavy lifting does involve some serious struggles. Here are 11 painful (if not altogether ridiculous) realities every girl who goes heavy in the gym can understand.

1. You constantly have to tell your friends, “Lifting doesn’t make you ‘bulky!'”

Seriously, it’s 2016. And do I look like a man to you?

2. You can’t get manicures because you want to keep your callouses in tact.

On the plus side, not getting your nails done saves you money for things like weight straps and weightlifting shoes.

READ MORE: Which Is Actually Better: Cardio Or Weights?

3. You can never get to your gym’s squat rack.

You’re all for two- to three-minute rest sessions in between sets. But this guy did two reps 20 minutes ago and is now just checking himself out in the mirror.

4. You are hungry. All. The. Time.

And you are so sick of people asking, “Where does all of that food even go?” To my muscles, thankyouverymuch.

5. Your boyfriend is too scared to work out with you.

Enough said.

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6. That awkward moment when you catch the only other girl in the weight room checking you out. 

It’s cool though. You were checking her out just a second ago.

7. Every time you post a workout pic to Instagram, you end up looking constipated. 

You try making a pretty face when you’re lifting your one-rep max.

READ MORE: What Happens To Your Body When You Always Lift The Same Weight

8. Guys assume you need help setting up your weight plates.

If I can deadlift these weights, I’m pretty sure I can get them on a barbell.

9. When someone asks you how much you weigh… 

Um, can I tell you my body fat percentage instead? #muscleweighsmorethanfat

10. Your waist has gotten smaller, but your butt is getting bigger. 

Buying too-big jeans and having the waist taken in gets super expensive, super fast.

11. Despite all of your complaining, you’d never go back. 

You cringe at pictures from your cardio-only days the way the world cringes at old pics of Justin and Britney in matching denim. #neverforget

Looking for more? Here are the five most common weight-lifting myths — busted!

This article was originally published on www.womenshealthmag.com

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