When they first debuted, women-only gyms didn't seem like they were going to be super successful. Sure, you could go there for a basic workout, but there was a stigma attached to them that they lacked the same equipment and/or quality trainers offered at a coed gym. As such, this type of fitness facility is adapting to include more classes and machines to appeal to women.
A recent report by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) suggests that even though both sexes visit gyms in equal numbers their activities are very different. So, just because a coed gym offers a weight-lifting room doesn't mean women are using it. So, women-only gyms are tweaking their offerings to fit their clientele. Manhattan's Uplift Studios, for example, boasts an elliptical with a smaller stride, dumbbells, balls, balancing equipment and body-weight exercises. And, now that Uplift is attracting a younger clientele, it has become an excellent spot for networking.
Uplift's founder Leanne Shear told the HuffPost that men-free gyms create a more comfortable environment for women to network. And, once everyone's more relaxed, it makes sense that this type of facility would encourage a community spirit among its members. We definitely welcome any chance to meet other smart, female professionals. What do you think? Would you network at the gym? (HuffPost)