Women who have broad shoulders should prize their dimensions, not despise them!

Why is it that if a woman has a trait that’s “more,” she so often detests it?

I wonder if women who hate having broad shoulders, or who hate being very tall, etc., were raised to believe that it’s wrong for women to take charge in situations, voice opinions and show some feistiness and fire when push comes to shove.

I’m a woman with broad shoulders and I love them!

Though I’m not super tall, my height of 5-8 in combination with my broad shoulders creates in me a presence that can hardly be described as demure and classically feminine.

#1. They can be intimidating to a man.

WAIT — before you go, “What? That’s the problem!” let me say this: A man is less likely to mug a woman whose shoulders are as broad as his.

A rapist might think twice before “interviewing” a potential victim when he spots the broad shoulders.

To a man, this stunning trait in a woman might indicate the ability to throw a knockout punch — whether she can or can’t. It’s all about what seems to be.

#2. They can help you find Mr. Right.

Yes, that’s correct: Broad shoulders in a woman can help her quickly determine which men are put off by a trait that, quite frankly, should be seen as exceptionally attractive.


Though many men find this trait to be sexy and appealing, it’s also true that some men do not like broad shoulders in the opposite gender.

If a man blows you off because of this trait, then this isn’t the right man for you, and you found out before you wasted six months of your life dating him (if you had “normal” shoulders).

#3. When the body gets old, it shrinks.

Look at the shoulders of elderly women. They’re atrophied, often shapeless.

Is this where your shoulders are headed? Shutterstock/wavebreakmedia

Now, if a woman does some serious strength training before she reaches senior age, she can dramatically delay and partially prevent much of the shriveling up of her upper body with old age.

Sharon Smith of Denver, CO, is 71 years young! Are her shoulders awesome or WHAT!

A woman with broad shoulders won’t look as shrunken, vulnerable and frail when she’s elderly.

Clothes will fit much better on her old body; the shoulders will be like hangers.

#4. I have to believe that this trait means that she is that much more efficient at certain sports.

I’ll admit I’ve never read any research studies on this topic, so I’m basing my assessment on common sense.

Imagine a woman with a small upper body swinging a golf club to make a 250-yard drive; throwing a softball to the first baseman from center field; attempting to whip out a Frisbee to her dog to chase after; or lifting heavy weights.

Now, imagine a woman with broad shoulders doing these same things.

Seems to me that broad shoulders would produce more torque; torque is a physics term that applies to rotary force.

#5. This next reason might seem silly…

A woman’s broad shoulders better hold up a purse strap.

I’ve seen those with tiny shoulders constantly pushing up a falling purse strap!

I’ve seen them keeping their shoulder in a hunched-up position to prevent the strap from slipping.

So such are my five reasons a woman can feel great about having broad shoulders!

Sharon Smith has been in the fitness industry for 25+ years and specializes in the over-40 client.
Lorra Garrick is a former personal trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise. At Bally Total Fitness she trained clients of all ages for fat loss, muscle building, fitness and improved health. 
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