Recently, more women than ever have been feeling unsafe while exercising. Amanda Deibert, award-winning television and comic book writer, tweeted on May 29, 2019, asking what measures women go to in order to feel safe while running. While many gave shocking examples of hidden knives, panic alarms, and even a hammer, many said that they’ve simply stopped exercising altogether.
In all honesty, this is a sad reality. Women should not have to choose between their physical health and their safety. That’s why female-only gyms have the potential to be the solution.
One might ask, well, what’s wrong with just a regular ‘ole gym? Just about any woman who has worked out at a gym regularly will be able to recall at least one (if not multiple) stories where a man has seemed to watch her for an uncomfortably long period of time, asked her to pull out her earbuds just to ask her out, or mansplained a specific exercise to her at one of these regular ‘ole gyms. At a female-only gym, these sorts of interactions would not happen.
In addition to the environment, most equipment available in regular gyms is sized for men. That means that it is harder for women to use the proper form on the machines, simply because they are, on average, a few inches shorter. Many of these female-only gyms go out of their way to find equipment that is meant to fit women (or slightly shorter people in general).
However, there is a flip-side. Even though the concept is relatively new, female-only gyms, on the whole, have developed a reputation for leaning towards traditionally “feminine” workouts, such as yoga or Pilates. More masculine workouts, like weightlifting, seem to be pushed to the side.
Despite that fact, it is possible to find female-only gyms with both types of workouts. To get you started in finding the female-only gym that is right for you, a couple of quick searches on Google and Yelp may be necessary. Or if you’re new to the whole idea of a female-only gym, check your local area for Curves, one of the largest chains of female-only gyms across the country.