Weight room gender imbalances create discomfort

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Weight room gender imbalances create discomfort

The weight room is filled with mostly male-identifying students with a few female-identifying students after school. This gender imbalance becomes more severe when sports do not use the weight room for conditioning.

The weight room is filled with mostly male-identifying students with a few female-identifying students after school. This gender imbalance becomes more severe when sports do not use the weight room for conditioning.

Nikolas Liepins

The weight room is filled with mostly male-identifying students with a few female-identifying students after school. This gender imbalance becomes more severe when sports do not use the weight room for conditioning.

Nikolas Liepins

Nikolas Liepins

The weight room is filled with mostly male-identifying students with a few female-identifying students after school. This gender imbalance becomes more severe when sports do not use the weight room for conditioning.

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Every ninth-grade class learns their way around the weight room during Fitness for Life, yet not everyone feels comfortable there once they’ve completed the required class. The gender imbalance is obvious to female-identifying people who attempt to work out in the weight room.

This imbalance is most obvious in the Weightlifting club. Weightlifting club only has one female-identifying member, junior Jasmine White. The club identified their gender imbalance issue in 2018 when their only female-identifying members were the faculty advisers, but it only improved by one female-identifying person.  

“Except for Jasmine, it’s all male. […] It’s mostly freshman; it’s like half freshmen,” ninth-grader Ryan Spangler said. 

But the gender imbalances continue outside of the club as well. 

I feel more comfortable now, but also I hear from other people who come with me to the weight room when they’re also injured. They’re like, ‘this is so awkward’”

— Sophomore Noa Gross

Sophomore Ganga Corsaro went to the weight room a few times with her sister, sophomore Jamuna Corsaro, after school during her ninth-grade year. They felt a little out of place each time. 

“It’s kind of awkward because it’s a lot of the upperclassmen guys, and then it was just me,” Corsaro said, “except I went with Jamuna and it was better to have someone with me.” Most of the discomfort she felt came from the gender imbalance.

“It’s really gender imbalanced. There’s a lot more guys who workout than girls,” Corsaro said. 

Sophomore Noa Gross also notices the gender imbalance. 

“As a freshman, I was kind of scared, not gonna lie. There weren’t that many people that I knew. I was usually the only girl. [..] It was a lot of older dudes like seniors and juniors,” Gross said. 

Gross became used to the gender imbalance as she worked out in the weight room constantly due to an injury. 

“I didn’t feel as comfortable then. I feel more comfortable now, but also I hear from other people who come with me to the weight room when they’re also injured. They’re like, ‘this is so awkward’,” she said. 

Female-identifying lifters can feel uncomfortable in the weight room during the club and after school because they feel alone. When they look around the weight room, they see no one who looks like them, making them feel as though they are out of place.

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