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Women find boost in ability and other benefits in strength training

Women find boost in ability and other benefits in strength training

Francesca Guagliano likes the toned arms, the camaraderie and the thrill of competition that she gets from her twice-a-week strength-training classes at her gym, CrossFitLA in West Los Angeles. But most of all, she likes being able to carry the dog food. "We joke about it," says the 37-year-old Bel-Air mother of two. "Instead of having the bag boy drag the big bag of dog food out to the car for us, now we carry it out ourselves in one hand — with a heavy bag of groceries in the other. "Women don't need giant muscles. But to do functional stuff, we do need muscles." Tens of thousands of women, like Guagliano, have been introduced to push-ups,...

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