I wasn’t sure what to write about today but this topic interests me just because I think it ought to be common knowledge so here it goes.
In most cases, men and women should train the same. Aesthetically speaking, I understand that men and women have varied goals, but they’re actually achieved with the same programs. Men often want to be jacked, swole and ripped, and women say they want to be toned and shapely. The thing is, you can’t have sexy or shapely anything without building muscle! Think of it as the muscles is the framework with the low bodyfat sculpting the curves….sounds sexy I know but you get my point.
To make muscle, you should be lifting weights and provide the body with calories to recover and build. Muscle won’t miraculously appear from performing countless sets of 20 reps with 5-10 pound dumbbells. I don’t care if you’re a man, a woman, or anywhere in-between (just looking out for everyone).
The amount of muscle and effort required to lift a weight 20 times without failing is insignificant compared to lifting a weight 6-10 times to failure. High-repetition training has its time and place, but the understanding seems to be minuscule and the results not as expected.
With rare exceptions, it’s actually harder for women to build muscle because they have 10 times less testosterone than men. To overcome this, women often have to train twice as hard as men, not softer. This is empowering not a rant, i know girls lifting harder and heavier than men and NO they do NOT look masculine, they look like this:
Some sort of disclaimer I didn’t take it, I don’t know her…blah blah blah. BUT STILL!!
There aren’t many situations when women should train differently than men. Obvious circumstances such as pregnancy would involve another discussion entirely. Aside from that, women should train exactly like men with a program like them to build a powerful and beautiful body!
Anyone looking for some advice or routines please do ask!
Also a better written, im sure, article on why girls should lift is here- http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/8-reasons-women-should-lift-weights.html – If you fancy any more reading. Though I may have bored you already.
Aspire to Inspire.