1/12 The Myth

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Back in the old days, it was kind of an axiom that women were supposed to workout using bodyweight exercises or machines, instead of free weights. Working with weights was supposed to make women look too 'manly,' and with the 'toning' craze that swept through in the 1980s with Jane Fonda's exercise videos, women largely avoided weights. But don't buy into that myth. Weights provide outstanding health benefits. Here are some of those benefits.