The stereotypical weight lifter is a hulking, muscular guy, possibly beefed up on steroids. But actress and MTV India host Gurbani Judge turns that stereotype on its head. Bani J, as she’s known by fans, loves lifting and frequently posts pics from the gym on Instagram. For some reason, though, many commenters believe women should stay far, far away from the weight room. They leave notes like:

“‘Lifting weights will make you look manly.’”

“Girls should only do cardio, lifting is for guys.”

“That's way too much muscle for a woman.”

Bani had enough of these insulting remarks, so she set a few things straight in a passionate post: She doesn’t lift for anyone but herself, and she doesn’t care who finds her body attractive or not.

'Lifting weights will make you look manly'I 'You're not a girly girl if you lift weights' 'I don't lift weights because I just want to 'tone up'' 'Girls should only do cardio, lifting is for guys' 'So what steroids are you on' 'That's way too much muscle.. For a woman' _____________________________________________ All of the above and so much more. I've heard it all. And not once because I actually cared enough to ask, 'hey, what do *you* think of *my* body?'. I never entered the gym because of what people said I 'should/ ought to/ must' look like. I went in there to get strong, to be active, to be healthy, to sweat = to feel better, and more ME. ____________________________________________ I can't remember the last time the thought of 'will this be attractive to so and so' crossed my mind in relation to myself - let alone to me lifting weight. It doesn't happen. I love me so much and that's all that matters, I am so happy (blame all the endorphins) doing what I do day in and out that all else is tuned out. This is something I've gotten better at accepting and allowing day by day. That's why you will always hear people say 'it's not just physical, it's so much more MENTAL' because to get to where you want to go, you have to look within and really be true to yourself and know that yes, this is what I'm about. This is what matters, this puts me in alignment and makes me a more joyful happy productive being. And guess what? You'll end up inspiring and encouraging and being that source for other people along the path too. I don't go around telling people they should eat healthier or lift or try to lose weight, you do you. I'll do me. If someone asks for help I will always do what I can, I recognise the quest - but you need to recognise whether the desire really is there in you or not. Why else do you think we don't see more people walking around with their Tupperware containers looking hench af? Because, if your hearts not in it, no matter how much you try - you'll never get there. Cold hard honest truth. Just like cold hard iron, work and discipline. Just wanted to share that with y'all fam. Do you 🙌🏽💛 #doyou #everyday #womenwholift #loa

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I never entered the gym because of what people said I 'should/ ought to/ must' look like. I went in there to get strong, to be active, to be healthy, to sweat...

I love me so much, and that's all that matters. I am so happy (blame all the endorphins) doing what I do day in and out that all else is tuned out.

This is something I've gotten better at accepting and allowing day by day. That's why you will always hear people say "It's not just physical, it's so much more MENTAL" because to get to where you want to go, you have to look within and really be true to yourself and know that yes, this is what I'm about. This is what matters, this puts me in alignment and makes me a more joyful, happy, productive being. And guess what? You'll end up inspiring and encouraging and being that source for other people along the path too.

How’s that for inspiring? We love when women work to change the perception that strength training is something just for men. But it’s even better that working out brings her so much joy, regardless of all the dumb comments she gets. You keep doing you, Bani!

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