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“Weak Men Are Scared of Strong Women”: First Woman to Deadlift 4.4x Her Bodyweight Defies Gender Stereotypes and Redefines Femininity

Published 03/19/2023, 10:45 AM EDT

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Stefi Cohen is a renowned power lifter and a 25x times world record holder. She was also the first woman to deadlift 4.4 times her body weight. However, there is more to her story than just her love for weightlifting. Cohen is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and an exercise physiologist. Clubbing her knowledge, experience, and love for training, Cohen is now breaking gender stereotypes and opening new gates for women in the world of training. Recently, Cohen slammed the concept of how a feminine woman should train.

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Stefi Cohen took to her Instagram to share a motivational reel. In the initial part of the video, a man gave a bizarre reason and listed down the exercises women should not perform. In the second half, Cohen urged the women to turn deaf ears to the man’s advice.

Stefi Cohen slams the age-old definition of femininity


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On 18th March 2023, Stefi Cohen took to Instagram to share a compilation video that included clips of her workout sessions. The video opens with a man listing down the exercises women were “not allowed to do if they want a feminine body.” He reasoned that performing those exercises will broaden the shoulder, whereas, as “a feminine woman, she has small shoulders.” While the man’s voice played in the background, clips showed Cohen doing the ‘prohibited’ exercises.

Giving a befitting reply to the man, Cohen said, “How about you stop talking nonsense and we train however we like and want to train. Because your definition of femininity is long gone.” Furthermore, addressing the women, she added, “So, ladies, remember, weak men are scared of strong women. So don’t ever let one tell you how to train.”


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“All Publicity Is Good Publicity”: Though the Fans Remain Divided, 25x World Record Powerlifter Still Stands by Her OnlyFans Stance

Cohen has always been vocal about her thoughts and ideologies, even if they go against popular beliefs. As a result, she has also found herself surrounded by controversies at times.

The Only Fans fiasco


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In February 2023, Stefi Cohen was under fire for sharing her take on the Only Fans community. It all began when an Instagram user asked her about her plans of making an Only Fans account during a Q&A session. Cohen replied she’ll never sell her body, and that she doesn’t “want to capitalize on the vulnerability of men.”

The last straw was when she said that making an Only Fan would make her feel that she isn’t contributing something valuable to society. While she clarified it was just her opinion about herself and not the community, her statement hit a nerve for the members of the community and their supporters. As a result, Cohen received heavy backlash on the internet and it went on for days. Despite the criticism, Cohen stuck with her original stand throughout. Many netizens came out to support the power lifter too.


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Once again, Stefi Cohen has shared a statement that might come off as offensive to some. It would be interesting to see what the world has to say about it.

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Written by:

Aaradhana Singh


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Aaradhana Singh is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. The holder of a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication, Aaradhana has previously worked as an editor/writer with Asiana Times for the better part of a year. A sports person at heart with a curious mind, Aaradhana is someone who is always up for fun and adventure.
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Debmallya Chakraborty