Over the weekend, the NCAA women's tournament team went viral on social media when Oregon Ducks forward Sedona Prince took a video of the difference between her team's weight room and that of their male counterparts, and let's just say it got a lot of attention. It's March Madness, so all eyes are on college basketball right now, setting up the perfect opportunity for the women to show off the very disproportionate facilities given to the men's versus women's teams.
The league responded to initial complaints citing limited space and a lack of access to amenities due to the COVID bubble the league was operating under...but that was quickly debunked.
As a result of their blowing up the NCAA's spot and laying on the pressure thick, the women's team was gifted an actual weight room, complete with cardio machines and barbell racks for them to train on, and once you see the difference, it's embarrassing that it took a viral TikTok video to make it happen.
If you were also enraged watching that first video, you're not alone.
While the NCAA really could have just been being lazy and not shelling out for both sets of teams, it's also likely part of a deeper, societal problem that simply doesn't see female athletes as in much need of proper training equipment as male athletes. Which, if you've ever been to a HIIT class with a dude in attendance, you know is very untrue.
In the spirit of strong women, we've rounded up eight fitness gurus on TikTok who are setting the bar for #GirlsWhoLift, offering expert weight training advice and beginner-friendly routines so that any woman, regardless of their fitness level, can get comfortable racking a barbell or tossing dumbbells around.