Most of the women I see in my gym spend hours on cardio and very little lifting weights, trying to lose weight and get fit. While cardio is great, I often wonder why they don't spend more time lifting.
I feel there are 3 reasons why most women don't lift weights. The first one being they are not educated about weightlifting; fearing that it could make them bulk up and look manly. It doesn't help all the other uneducated wimps talking them out of it as well. At the gym, I get more compliments on my physique from womenand very few from men, most of the remarks I get from men are "damn you're buff" (surprised look on face) and "you look like you can kick my ass" (while squeezing my biceps with their thumb & forefinger). I can't imagine what other unencouraging things guys might say to other women (i'm sure they're not intentionally trying to discourage us)
The second being they don't know where to start; with all that fancy equipment, I can see how a newbie can be confused and intimidated. If not the grunting, smelllllly meatheads, then the toned princesses who prance around in their brazilian gear in cranial armor and war paint.
Third being that lifting weights actually requires exertion and it's easier to use a cardio machine. How many of us see people on treadmills walking at a 2.5mph and never break a sweat? Just the other day, I was on the stairmill next to a chick reading her romance novel on level 2 (while I was pushing 2-minute, level 4 and 10 intervals) ! I didn't feel very feminine next to her, but I guarantee she has way more cellulite than me.. hehehe