Men’s March Madness Weight Room Vs. Women’s Weight Room: Is There A Problem?

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I need the moron who created the weight room at the women’s NCAA Tournament to step forward and explain what he/she was thinking when he/she decided to roll out a weight rack with appears to be a max of 20-pound dumbbells and call that a weight room for the women.

This isn’t about ol’ Joe Kinsey going off on how the NCAA Women’s Tournament weight room should look exactly like the Men’s Tournament weight room, but you morons could’ve tried a little harder not to cause a self-inflicted controversy. Sometimes I wonder if the morons out there even realize they’re about to be absolutely roasted when they roll out a dumbbell rack and tell the ladies to get pumped.

You could at least throw in some medicine balls, a squat rack, maybe some treadmills, a bench. Normally I’m not big on the bitching about things like this, but I have to blog it this time because NCAA morons bring it upon themselves.

The NCAA’s response on this matter:

“We acknowledge that some of the amenities teams would typically have access to have not been in place as available inside the controlled environment. In part, this is due to the limited space and the original plan was to expand the workout area once additional space was available later in the tournament. However, we want to be responsive to the needs of our participating teams, and we are actively working to enhance existing resources at practice courts, including additional weight training equipment.”

It gets better. There’s actually a list of equipment teams will get if they make the Sweet 16. I’m telling you right now, the NCAA has to be run by some of the biggest idiots in sports management. Seriously. I’m not Team #MeToo, Team #womensliberation, blah, blah, blah, but this is some of the dumbest nonsense I’ve ever seen.

It’s like NCAA morons don’t watch commercials — get them a Peloton to climb on, you fools. Any of you watch Bodyshaping on ESPN back in the day? Women have been crushing weights for years. Did anyone reach out to Kiana Tom? Or one of the strength coaches out there in women’s college basketball? These women need to pump iron.

Get it together, morons.

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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    • That’s what I was thinking. The men’s tournament generates hundreds of millions, so yeah, you get a nicer weight room. I’m not sure what teams are doing in the power lifting area before or after games right now anyway. They’re all in maintenance mode this time of year with high reps/low weight, not trying to max out.

    • Yup. This is the same USA Women’s Soccer team argument, we should get equal amounts of money because its not fair. Well when your tournament brings in about 1% of the revenue that the men’s tournament does there won’t be a lot of money spent on the amenities. Sorry not sorry.

  1. I am outraged. There are so many things to be outraged about in this cold cruel world, concentration camps in China, lack of potable drinking water in Africa, not enough towels at Marriott’s, NOW THIS TRAVESTY! Where do people get the idea Americans are weak and whiney? Ergo the need for more weight rooms. I will get over it. I hope Karen does to.

    Life goes on.

    • Zing. My first thought wasn’t how ridiculous the women’s weights were…but the men’s! Why the heck do they need a Gold’s Gym set up at a place they’re going to be 3-4 days max? That’s what surprised me.

  2. i recently visited Amazonia where Wonder Woman was … created and the Men’s gym has a log and big rocks and a wooden chair.

    No snacks or water, just a bow and arrow and a bucket.

    noone is complaining there … ‘cause … you know … its fake …

  3. Joe Kinsey is 100% right here – NCAA is an incompetent joke (think Clay easily a much better head of NCAA) that it clowns itself into this controversy when it can easily be addressed (call used sports equipment store and move some weight around, problem and controversy solved).

  4. Isn’t it funny that the more woke operations just love to create inequalities like this and highlight them to the social media brainwashing function of choice. Now I’m not sure if it is part of a bigger conspiracy agenda something like the UN is creating to destroy nations…but I’m also not saying I wouldn’t put it past them.

  5. The NCAA is every bit the joke that Joe describes. I see it nearly every day. And that lady’s response further proves how clueless they are. She should have simply said, “We’re horrified and it will be fixed by tomorrow, if not today.”

  6. When it comes to swag bags, the argument of unequal revenue = acceptable inequity is fine. But having that level of training facilities is a joke – it sends a clear message that athleticism isn’t considered an element of women’s basketball. And the most effective way to create change in a publicly accountable organization is to activate the Internet shame machine.

    And if you don’t think athleticism is an important part of women’s basketball, and that folks who call that truth out to power are just ‘whining’, you’re an asshole.

    • Agree Morgan – swag bags, not gonna be similar, no issue based on eyeballs watching. Weights likely not going to be the exact same, fine. But they should be similar without doubt. Beyond a bad joke/major screw up. Some needs a performance review ASAP.

      • Further, I am dead ass certain that a training equipment company would back a tractor trailer up to the convention center dock for absolutely free in exchange for “Official Training Partner of NCAA Women’s Basketball”. A miss in every way here.

  7. Do they even need a weight room this time of year? But if you’re going to have them, don’t do something obviously stupid like this. I agree with Joe. As for the swag bag, generate more swag, get more swag. Anyone seen CFB facilities these days vs what other sports get for training facilities? Life ain’t fair no matter what the communist democrats promise.

  8. Joe you are right on here, just a ridiculous joke but yes I am more of the opinion of why so much for the men? Is there that much weight training going on with the amount of games in this four-day span? And wouldn’t you think there is a tournament operations checklist that each tournament follows, some kind of SOP? I have an idea however; instead of bitching about it, why don’t you put your energies into winning? Instead of bitching, how about you not focus on that and focus on your team, winning culture, and positivity?

  9. What would be of interest to me would be the answers that would be given if the male basketball players were asked if they were wiling to give up the items necessary to have the male and female training rooms to be put on an equal basis.

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