No. I go because I have every right to be there and to workout in the manner in which I train unencumbered by the behavior of men.

Suggesting that I stay home from the gym because other people don’t understand how to react to people in a constructive way is ridiculous.

It’s like telling women, “well, if you don’t like being sexually harrassed or discriminated against at work, just work from home.”

I don’t care about “sufficient exercise.” I challenge myself. I lift heavy. It’s been an amazing way to redefine female body image. I don’t have a squat rack or bars and plates to deadlift at home.

I can run with the big dogs so I do. I’m not going to relegate myself to my assigned place that involves just being a little cardio bunny because the gym is for men. Screw that.

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