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Large butts, big thighs: why weightlifting is so empowering to women | Lizzie O’Shea

We’re always told to diet and tone – to take up less space, rather than more. Now I’m pumping iron and proud to be expanding
‘Rather than seeing your body through the lens of others, you start to feel it swell and harden under the quixotic influence of your own agency.’ Photograph: RyanJLane/Getty Images

I remember the first time I tried to pull a bar off the floor loaded with two big weights. Unease pooled in my stomach. My trainer was patient, perhaps a little bemused. “I’ve never met anyone who couldn’t deadlift 130 pounds,” he said flatly. But, I thought, he had also said he’d never trained anyone as short as

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