Why do I see so few of them at the gym? Almost all of them are either on the elliptical machines or in the planned classes (yoga, tai bo, etc.). I used to think that it was just my gym, but I've been to several and it always seems to be the same: I'll see 1 or 2 women there, and I can tell that they're the really dedicated type. Compare that to the men, where you see all sorts of physiques in the weight room.
Seeing as many of you that read the Powerful Women forums fall into the dedicated type and understand the benefits of using weights, why does there still seem to be a stigma attached to it? This is 2010, not 1970. Do most women still really think that lifting any sort of weight will turn them into a muscular beast? Weight lifting has incredible benefits and can give you any kind of body you can imagine.
Keep in mind I'm not trying to knock yoga or tai bo, which are excellent exercise programs. But to think that a good portion of women cut out all weights entirely because of some mysterious fear of bulking is baffling to me.
So for those that read this forum: am I blowing this out of proportion, or does that irrational stigma still exist? If so, do you see the situation improving in the future or getting worse?