Women Weight Training

Weight Training, Osteoporosis, & Menopause

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If you think that here at Broadway Gym we believe that weight training is the best form of exercise, you’d be right.

Osteoporosis is a condition often associated with aging to which women are particularly prone. In simple terms it is a decrease in bone mass and density. This loss of bone density increases the risk of fractures after a simple fall. This is where the old “use it or lose it” adage comes in. The amount of bone building is relative to the amount of overload on the bone. In short, the bones become thicker and heavier in response to regular and continual weight bearing activity.


Sarcopenia (degenerative loss of muscle strength and size), can occur with age unless preventative measures are taken- again use it or lose it. Decreased muscle mass will lead to a slow down of the metabolic rate and the result will be an increase in body fat. Women are notorious for gaining weight post menopause and a simple remedy is to just not let the muscle mass decrease.

Losing muscle mass can also mean that you will not be capable of using your survival skills to prevent a fall. You fall, break a hip and there goes the mobility and independence.

Group of older mature people lifting weights in the gym

Women are being Patronised and Lied to by Gyms

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Conversations with John Terilli


“Toning is a myth! There is no such thing – it’s a meaningless term that gym owners came up with to sell memberships to women who were too frightened to go near a weight in case it made them look like Arnold Schwarzenegger.”
John was passionate when he was saying this to me; and although I laughed at the time, I thought about it a bit later and realised it was not an exaggeration.

What is ‘toning’ It’s merely working the muscle to give it shape and size and losing enough body fat to see the definition. Sounds like the same thing your average body builder is out to achieve.

There’s this whole mystery surrounding ‘toning’ as though it’s something separate, secret and completely different to anything else that takes place in a gym. It reinforces a stereotype- you’ll look like a front row forward if you so much as look at a dumb bell darling! So be very careful and only do women’s things and don’t go in a weights room or take a protein supplement – it will only make you unfeminine.


The women who do bulk up put so much effort into it, it is unbelievable. It’s occupies their every waking moment and they are women who are driven and compelled, and also genetically predisposed to look like that. They are the exception rather than the rule and they are the ones the media sensationalise because it makes good television.

Training with weights and using bodybuilding techniques is the best thing for most women. You’ll lose fat, get shapely legs and arms, a flat stomach and a beautiful butt. You’ll feel good about yourself at the beach and anywhere else for that matter.

Broadway Gym is fast becoming a Mecca for enlightened women. Most times of the day you can go to the free weights room and see fifty percent of the patrons are female.