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Should Women Train Differently Than Men

Should men and women train differently?

There are many fitness books and workout programs that are specifically targeted to just men or just women. Why? Should women train differently than men?

I’m not throwing any science at you in this article.  What I’m about to share with you is strictly my opinion based on my personal experience.

I’ve been in the gym training for many years.  I lift weights.  In fact I love lifting weights.  When I first got serious about training, I hired a fitness professional who happened to be a male.  Throughout the years, whenever I have had a training partner, I have trained side by side with men, keeping up with them and doing the same workouts with them.

In fact, as a fitness blogger, I have done several workout programs designed to build muscle mass that were written by guys, for guys that I enjoyed doing and got great results with.  So if you think that muscle mass building programs are just for guys…. think again.

As a fitness professional, I’ve worked with many women and men and I can tell you that I don’t train my female clients and differently than I train my male clients.  A squat is a squat, a bicep curl is a bicep curl, a bench press is a bench press, etc.  Set and rep ranges remain the same.  The only difference between the two sexes is that in most cases, the men can lift heavier weights than women.

Don’t be a victim of one of the biggest fitness lie!!!

While there may be a school of thought out there that says men and women should train differently, at the end of the day, it all comes down to marketing and playing up one of the biggest myths and misconceptions that if a woman trains like a man and lifts heavy weights, that she will be become big and bulky and look like a man.

I beg to differ.  Not only do I like to lift heavy weights, I enjoy doing old school bodybuilding training.  Heck, I use muscle building supplements that are marketed to men. 

Psssst….. I’m going to let you in on another little secret.  It wasn’t until I started lifting heavier weights and began using sports supplements such as Creatine and Beta Alanine did my body start to take shape and change and this tid bit on information is for the guys as well as the girls. 

At the end of the day…..

Regardless of what type of training you’re doing whether it is general strength training, training for muscle mass, training for a marathon, training for a specific sport/activity, there really is no difference in how men and women should train for that particular endeavor.

Regardless of your training regimen, train hard, train with intensity, train with focus and give it everything you got.  You get out of it what you put into it.

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  1. 4 Comment(s)

  2. By Hilory | Reply

    Hi Shari,

    Great article and I agree re the weights!

    Would love to hear more about the supplements that you recomment and whether you feel that different brands make a difference re (for example) creatine.

    Many thanks!

  3. By Huw Neale | Reply

    Absolutely right Shari. I’m a huge advocate of women lifting weights. Trying to convince some women that by adding a few lifts into their programme that they won’t end up looking like Arnold Schwarzenneger in his prime is a tough one. But once they give it a go they realise how much they actually enjoy the diversity in their programme but also pleased with the results.

    Nice one

  4. By Rich McDowell | Reply

    I am a Gym owner and personal trainer. I train my men and womenthe same. I had 1 physique 1 figure and 2 bikini women at USA’Sthis year women respond well to weights.

  5. By RJ | Reply

    Great post Shari. It is a fact that both men and women lose muscle mass over the years (some say as much as 1% per year for people over 40) and it is recommended that we all use weights to maintain our muscle mass for calorie burning, weight management, and overall health.

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