Girls Who Lift

Lifting weights empowers women

“More and more girls are heading to the gym, now more than ever,” said Aubrey Huston, a junior studying exercise physiology.

The gym is located in the John W. Hart building.

“Every girl should lift weights,” Huston said,

Huston said she started working out in high school to become a better athlete.

Paige Jensen, a sophomore studying communication, said she started to lift weights after she sustained an injury.

“I started lifting with the football players when I had to quit the dance team due to a hip injury,” Jensen said. “I fell in love with strength training and haven’t stopped since.”

Jensen said she plans to one day compete in competitions, but, for now, likes how it helps her in her life.

“Lifting makes me feel confident and strong,” Jensen said. “It has also helped me become a goal setter and has made me the person I am today.”

Huston said lifting has given her an added measure of confidence.

“Lifting makes me feel invincible,” Huston said.

Huston has been told by others that she should do competitions, but said she doesn’t lift for the attention.

“I’ve been told that I should compete in competitions, but I don’t lift to be the best,” Huston said. “I lift for myself. I lift because I enjoy self-improvement, and because I need the knowledge for myself that I am strong enough to take care of myself.”

Vida Fitness of Washington D.C has said “strong is the new skinny” is a marketing strategy, according to CBS News.

“I like that the saying is trying to encourage girls to try to be more fit and healthy rather than trying to become too thin and losing weight in unhealthy ways,” said Shelby Christensen, a sophomore studying English education.

Jensen said she loves the new saying. She believes it can inspire girls to live a healthy lifestyle rather than trying unhealthy diets.

“I think that it has a good message–girls don’t all need to be a size two,” Huston said. “If we are strong and healthy, that is attractive enough. Girls who are strong are more confident in themselves, whether they are ‘skinny’ or not.”

Both Jensen and Huston think all girls should lift because it can help them with confidence, among other things.

“Girls should lift because it gives them a sense of self-worth and also helps build healthy habits that will be beneficial through out their life,” Jensen said. “It also teaches them to work hard for something. Working hard and achieving something is the best feeling.”

“When we are doing something that helps our body look better we are going to be more confident in ourselves,” Huston said. “Every girl needs this confidence.”

Huston said there are health benefits outside of what someone would typically think.

“Lifting weights is very important for us as it helps prevents many types of diseases, such as osteoporosis,” Huston said. “Not only does lifting affect us physically, it helps us mentally.”

Christensen said she loves how unstoppable it makes her feel.

“I think it is rewarding being able to bust out 30 push-ups, no problem,” Christensen said. “It’s empowering for a girl.”

The John W. Hart Building is open from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. to lift weights in, according to the BYU-Idaho Web page.

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