Battle Of The Sexes – Gender Specific Training

August 26, 2013 — Leave a comment
This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Female Weight Training
Men and women alike should train with weights to better their body composition goals.

Men and women alike should train with weights to better their body composition goals.

There are more schools of thoughts on weight training for men and women that I, or anyone of us, could possibly count. One trainer will say one thing, and another trainer will swear by something on the complete opposite side of the spectrum.

Men know they should train with weights to add muscle mass and look good naked. Women, however, have somehow created this self-fulfilling prophecy and negative stigma towards training with weights. Why? No freakin’ idea!

Attention Women – Lift Weights!

Contrary to popular belief, women SHOULD train with weights. BodyBuilding.com has a very well written article on gender-specific weight training.

Venus Factor - Weight loss for women videoIn a nutshell, the article states very clearly that women should in fact train with weights. Women tend to avoid weights like the plague because they continue to think they will get “too bulky.” That’s a bunch of bullshit. An old wive’s tale, if you will.

Getting bulky or getting skinny or getting toned or changing your body composition in general is all based on your diet and the training methods that one incorporates.

The trainer in me says it’s important for all of us—men and women—to exercise all of our muscles. However, the realist in me notices that two genders tend to focus their aesthetics-focused exercise in specific areas. Many men tend to work on their chest, arms, and shoulders, while women focus on their legs and shoulders.

What Training Methods Should You Incorporate?

If you’re a woman, for example, you are probably not looking to be the next Arnold Schwarzenegger (unless you’re a female bodybuilder, in which case you are!). So you need to find a training plan suitable for your goals (ie toning, slimming down, adding definition, etc).

There are various training methods which will help women to change their bodies, whether for the beach, for the bedroom, or just to look and feel better about themsleves.

The bottom line is women should definitely do weight training. If you spend all of your gym time on the treadmill, expect to look less toned and shapely than a woman who squats!

Unfortunately there is no cookie cutter system I could give which will magically help you reach your body composition goals. Lots of guess and check and lots of thinking and planning will have to be done on your part, including workout regimes and solid dietary plans.

Men, on the other hand, have it slightly easier.

We can get strong, get big, get skinny, get toned, get athletic, whatever. Our bodies carry more muscle and more testosterone, therefore it becomes slightly less daunting to get our bodies to where we want them to be.

Don’t take this wrong way, men need to bust their asses HARD, just like women, to reach their body composition goals. Different rep / set schemes for men and women alike are of the utmost importance, as well as training methods and techniques.

It’s no easy feat for either sex to change their body composition, but with the proper mindset and a determined motivating factor, it can and should be done!

Definitely head over to this article and have yourself a fine read that might just help you understand how training for each gender works…

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