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Weightlifting Equipment for Women

Male/Female Myth

Women can use the same weightlifting products that men use. The only factor women should consider when buying or using weightlifting products is the size of the equipment, since women tend to be shorter than men and have smaller hands.


Dumbbells, barbells, and a weight bench are essential items for weightlifting. If you aren’t sure if you will stick with a weightlifting regimen, start with a used set of weights. Practice with the set if possible before you purchase anything. Test the grip and length. Starting out, you should be able to lift the items 12 to 15 times in a session.

When to Use

Lifting weights can help women create a sculpting workout. It targets problematic areas such as working sagging, lifeless-looking arms. Women who find strength and bodybuilding competitions appealing should add some sculpting workouts to their routines.


Weightlifting equipment is marketed differently for men and women. For example, dark-colored weights tend to be viewed as masculine. So, the companies make pastel-colored dumbbells and weights to appeal to women. They also may emphasize how the equipment targets areas of the body problematic for women, such as the abdominal muscles and thighs.

Warnings and Tips

Weightlifting can be dangerous if not done properly. Start out slow with small weights. Your early lifts should be a bit of challenge for you, but not so much that it causes undue pain. Take precautions to protect your back, knees, and major joints. If you aren’t sure where to start, go to a gym to have an expert explain what exercises to do and how to do them safely.

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