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Myth: Strength training is not for women
Obviously, this myth applies to only half the population, and fortunately it is a myth that is rapidly dying out. It wasn’t that long ago that women were considered physically unable to compete in long distance running, and that strength training was considered “unladylike.”
Today, that view has been largely replaced by acceptance and encouragement of female participation in sport, prompted in large part by the enactment in 1972 of federal legislation barring sexual discrimination in any higher education program that receives federal financial assistance, known colloquially by its chapter heading, Title IX.
Nevertheless, for that minority of people who still believe that sweating and grunting and pushing for athletic excellence is something suited only for men, they need only take a quick glance at the women who are participating on pro sports teams, at women’s Olympic achievements, and at their road racing success to become convinced that there is nothing unfeminine about striving for athletic excellence.
Republished with permission of VeloPress from Quick Strength for Runners by Jeff Horowitz. Download free strength exercises at www.velopress.com/qsr.