Knocking Out Misconceptions of Weightlifting for Women

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The YMCA of Central New York is breaking down stereotypes in weight training for ladies with their Strength in Women (formerly Women on Weights) classes.

A common misconception about weightlifting for women is that their body will become bulky and won’t look sexy. Stephanie Michaels, Health and Wellness Director at the Y, debunks that myth.

“What strength training does do is it helps keep your joints stable, it helps prevent things like osteoporosis, arthritis, it helps with arthritis and also just keeping your body balanced and strong,” Michaels said.

Muscle balance is a key in strength training for women. For example, two muscles that are antagonist, like the tricep and bicep are good to work out on the same day to maintain balance. This way both muscles can be as strong as each other which creates a healthy elbow and shoulder.

The Y’s Strength in Women classes are part of an 8 week course that uses free-weights and select training equipment.

For more information on the Strength in Women classes, other programs the YMCA of Central New York offers or to find their nearest location visit them online at,

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