Exercise professionals can empower women to feel comfortable in these areas, and these four tips can help:
- Ask clients what skills they want to learn:
- One of the main reasons female clients find the weights zone daunting is because they are not familiar with the equipment or how to use it.
- Ask your clients what they want to learn or have confidence in doing.
- Run a female-specific class in the weights area:
- This could be similar to a circuit-based class, going through a number of different exercises, to encourage women to do weights in a safe situation where they are being supervised.
- Once they have done a few classes in that area, they will be more likely to venture there by themselves.
- Ensure classes are small for proper supervision.
- Make gym staff more readily available:
- Owners and managers should consider having a staff member available in the weights section of a gym to assist clients.
- Even having a staff member there at peak times to help people set up or to spot them during certain exercises can be beneficial.
- Focus on technique first:
- Exercise professionals should encourage clients, regardless of gender, to focus on form and technique.
- It is about changing the focus from movement amount to movement effectiveness, and that brings everybody into line.