By Maureen Hagan

Women on Weights
Teach a progressive strength class.


trength training is finally getting the attention it deserves as a beneficial, safe and effective exercise for women. After years of misinformation, women are learning that strength training not only enhances muscle tone but also boosts metabolism, augments fat oxidation and reduces injury risk. Fitness instructors can make the most of this newfound awareness by offering a well-designed strength class that includes a variety of equipment, targets multiple muscle groups and emphasizes function. I have created a program I call “Women on Weights,” a 6-week course that features 12 workouts and the following training priorities: