10 Things Only Girls Who Lift Understand

A woman exercising.

When you start lifting weights, working out becomes a whole new world. Seriously, it's like The Little Mermaid was singing about the gym. The stronger you get, the better you feel, and suddenly you find yourself ditching your go-to elliptical for a squat rack. Yep, you're officially a "girl who lifts."

While everyone in this club is guilty of checking themselves out mid-flex sometimes—hey, your shoulders do look nice—most won't publicly admit it. Actually, there a quite a few things all dumbbell-loving ladies do but might not 'fess up to.

1. "Complaining" About the Callouses on Your Hands

They're so gross-looking, but you just have to show everyone.

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2. Mentally Critiquing Other People's Form

Whoa—that guy's entire body is going into that bicep curl.

3. Lifting a Little Too Heavy to Show Off...and Then Regretting It Later

Oh, yeah, I'm using the big plates. I'm that good. (Crap. Can't. Move.)

4. Getting Super-Annoyed When Guys Offer Unsolicited Advice

Yes, I am well aware how to do that, thankyouverymuch. Nope, definitely don't need you to spot my squats.


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Lively, fun and provocative, the Women's Health brand addresses 360 degrees of life for the new generation of contemporary, confident, ambitious women. By connecting with our readers in the frank, irreverent voice of a trusted girlfriend, the clever, service-driven content transcends the title, making the brand a true one-stop lifestyle resource for millions of women who are making their mark.

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