Lifting unstable weights is one of the hottest new fitness trends but these versatile tools don’t come cheap. Especially if you’re a girl. A basic black sandbag is $99 from one popular retailer but the pink sandbag of the same dimensions is $104.99. It’s not a huge difference but considering the camoflauge option is still only $99, it seems a little unfair to upcharge for a more feminine color.

Worth it? If swinging something pink motivates you more to workout then it’s worth the five bucks. Otherwise, stick to black and show off your new shoes with a pop of neon.

Do you buy any fitness gear (besides clothing) that is specifically made for women? Have you ever paid more for something just because it’s pink?

*I do have a couple of guy runner friends who swear that wearing a sports bra under their t-shirts prevents nipple chaffing on long runs. Of course they don’t call them “sports bras,” they call them cropped tank tops or something, but it’s basically a sports bra….

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  1. Pink is a hustle. Susan G komen proved that to us all earlier this year. Companies love that women will pay extra to look good in the gym.

  2. While I enjoyed reading the article, and I believe to some extent it is true that women are willing to pay more and companies can take advantage of this, as the article notes, the yellow gloves were also more expensive. You often pay more for a product that is colored rather than standard black. I recently bought an espresso machine and paid $50 more for a red one. Plenty of guys I know pay more for color.

  3. Sigh… I actually bought the pink boxing gloves!!! And I love them. However, it does irk me that women are charged more for products in general. Maybe someone will start an online petition to send to the companies and stop the madness!!!

  4. The Mighty Quinn

    I have to admit I LLLOVE the pink!!!! I have had my pink boxing gloves for about 8 years now (imagine how much they cost back then). I have always been a tomboy and was a jockette growing up. When I came into my girliness, I wanted something feminine, I already have a big foot so could not get the cute girlie anything, so when equipment started coming out in pink , I snapped it up. As a SCUBA diver, I started off with pink accessories but could not find a good pair of pink fins in my size. Sure I could get them if I wanted to order about 200 pairs in an XL size. One thing I do find with pink accessories is as a diver, it makes other women comfortable trying the sport that is dominated by men.

  5. I too hate pink and find it insulting that for it to be for a women, it has to be pink. I also think it is a racket. But if pink makes you move, more power to you.

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