When I was growing up my grandfather used to lift weights. When he flexed his muscles, in my childlike mind, he reminded me of the Incredible Hulk. But there was nothing about what he did that made me think that lifting weights is something women should do.
Fast-forward to being an adult, after I hit 40, I started trying to sneak in some regular strength training to combat osteoporosis (brittle bones) when I get older. These days more women are getting the message that lifting weights is a great way to improve muscle mass and boost metabolism but there is still that preconceived notion that women who strength train look more manly. One mommy had a lot to say about that.