Strong Is The New Skinny: 23 Reasons You Should Date A Girl Who Lifts

There is a strange misconception girls who lift weights are bulky body builders; in reality, that's not the case -- at least not most of the time.

Of course, there are some women who aspire to become body builders, but I highly doubt that's the case for most ladies in the free weight section doing tricep kickbacks with 10 pound weights.

Women who tend to drift to the weight area of a gym understand healthy is the new skinny and everyone looks better with some bulk.

I mean, anyone can be skinny and hit the treadmill for hours on end, but a girl who lifts understands the importance of a fit and healthy lifestyle. And doesn't that say a lot about priorities?

Why does a girl who lifts make an excellent life partner? Well...

1. She knows what it means to spot and rely on someone

There's no need to break down walls when it comes to this relationship. She understands how important it is to be open and vulnerable. There are no ridiculous emotional barriers you must work on getting through, you both know there are much more important aspects to focus on.

2. She knows the importance of working both sides

She's just as focused on working on her body as she is on working on the relationship.

3. She will pick you up when you're down

Your girl won't let you sulk in self-pity, that's just not OK in her book. You can count on her to lift you up when times are tough.

4. She doesn't sweat the small stuff

In fact, it takes a sh*t ton of aggravation for this type of girl to even break a sweat. And the key to a healthy relationship? Not making a mountain out of a molehill.

5. She won't take the wrong tone with you

R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

6. She can always go for another round

A girl who lifts knows no boundaries; in fact, the more rounds for her, the better.

7. She doesn't mind being a little sore

All being sore means is that you had an incredible workout. Now who would complain about that?

8. She isn't scared of a little extra pain

She's not the type to cut and run when things get a little tough.

9. She is always willing to put in that extra effort

A girl who lifts has something to prove to herself, which means her efforts will never dwindle. She knows just what she's capable of and will never settle.

10. She understands putting on a little extra weight isn't always a bad thing

While other girls are busy weighing themselves every day, a girl who lifts enjoys adding on those extra pounds -- of muscle that is!

11. She isn't into fads

Weight lifters seek to achieve results that surpass fitting into a pair of skinny jeans, they strive for the toned look that can only be achieved by mixing in strength training. They understand being fit is a lifestyle, not a crash diet.

12. She raises the bar

This girl (literally and figuratively) will always rise above the rest.

13. She isn't afraid to carry her own weight (and yours)

It's beyond difficult to find a girl who can not only handle her own issues, but another person's as well. This isn't even a challenge for a girl who lifts, as she's more than accustomed to piling on the weight.

14. Her strength is multifaceted

She is physically and emotionally strong, which is quite the combination when it comes to relationships.

15. She knows what true commitment is

Is there anything better in a relationship than real and true commitment? If a girl can be this dedicated to her body, just imagine how dedicated she'd be to you.

16. She doesn't have a problem trimming the fat

It says a lot about a person who keeps company out of convenience or guilt. A girl who lifts knows the importance of trimming the fat out of her life and no it isn't just limited to body fat.

17. She can turn something bad into something good

Some people may get down about the negative things in their lives, but your girl won't. While some girls may obsess over the fat on their body, your girl turns it into muscle.

18. She has more than one rack to worry about

The most important racks in this chick's life are the squat rack and free weights. While some girls are insecure about their chests, this girl is just working on straightening hers.

19. She isn't intimidated by anything

Do you know how many girls are too afraid to trek over to the male-populated weight section of the gym? Exactly...

20. She can hold her own

She doesn't need to lean on you when she has a problem, she handles it all by her damn self.

21. She is never turned off by challenges

In fact, she thrives on them.

22. She defies stereotypes

Why date a girl who's just like the rest when you can have someone unique by your side? A girl who lifts doesn't care about fitting in a traditional mold; she carries herself the best way she sees fit, yes pun intended.

23. She's always down to curl up with you

And, at the end of the day, isn't that exactly what you (both) want?

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