Old Footage of Women Weight Training

December 19, 2020 | John Paul Catanzaro

Marilyn Monroe Weight Training

Women have only recently started to weight train, right?


Women have been weight training for well over a century. When the aerobic craze hit in the 70s and 80s, however, more women were doing aerobics than weights. The fear back then was that weight training would lead to overdeveloped muscles.

Fortunately, we know better now and the tide has turned, but the stigma still remains in some places. My wife found that out a few years ago during a trip to Florida. You can read all about it in Women Are Not Supposed To Lift Weights.

Bottom Line: Men and women of all ages should embrace weight training, not fear it.