This is a pretty controversial topic. Most personal trainers will tell you that men and women should both train the same. This is also what I was taught when I was studying to become a personal trainer. Lift heavy and you’ll get great results.
But this is why I think women should NOT train like men.
I used to be a cardio only kind of girl. But I changed my workouts to incorporate heavy lifting. I saw some great improvements in strength, which was awesome. But I developed muscles that gave me that bulky look. I also become thicker and wider than I had ever been in my life.
No one in the fitness industry seemed to understand that I didn’t want to look like that, even being personal trainer.
I think there is a difference in what males and females perceive as the ideal female body. Most females want to look lean and toned. No offence to men, but I don’t think they quite understand this.
I have had discussions with men and male personal trainers about the ideal female figure. They point out girls that have amazing bodies, but they are just not what I would consider the ideal figure. Most of them are lean and toned, but a little TOO much – a little too much muscle, a little too wide, but lean nonetheless. And I know this is a personal preference, but from my experience, my ideal female figure is similar to the rest of the female population.
Here are some examples. Michelle Lewin has an amazing figure that takes HARD work! But majority of females are not aiming for this. Most are aiming for a “beach body” like Dani Bonnor and Chloe Poliwka.
There is also a huge difference in why males and females exercise, and their goals.
Most men go to the gym to get huge and build as much muscle as they can. They also have goals such as being able to bench press or squat a certain weight.
Most females go to the gym to lose weight, and their goal is often aesthetic – to lose a dress size or lose a certain amount of weight. Women also have a naturally higher body fat percentage, which makes it more difficult to reduce body fat.
Because men and women have difference goals, we should not eat the same. So why should we train the same?
Men who want to gain muscle should eat 500 calories over maintenance and women looking to lose weight should eat 500 calories less than maintenance. And women also don’t need as many carbs as males do to fuel their workouts.
Women who train like men will not end up looking like a man, but will gain significant amounts of muscle and will get significantly bigger legs, shoulders and arms. Women CAN build muscle! They just won’t build as much as a man will.
Your body type plays a huge part here!
If you are a thin ectomorphic body type, this type of training may suit you (but may not). If you are a mesomorph or endomorph, this type of training probably won’t suit you; unless you are looking to body build.
I have a special quiz that will help you learn your body type :)
Women naturally have better endurance and can recover quicker, so workouts should focus more on
Most women also have strong legs in comparison to their upper body, so there should be less focus on heavy lower body lifting.
I know that there are probably some personal trainers out there not happy with what I have just written. But from my own personal experience, and the experience of females that I have trained and worked with, they will agree with me.
They do not enjoy training like men, and also do not like the way it makes their bodies look. I don’t agree with the saying that weights won’t make you bulky, because in the eyes of a female, they can.
I have developed my own well-balanced workout program that incorporates resistance training and cardio (both high and low intensity). The program is designed to give women the lean and toned look that they are after, and understand how to do resistance training without getting unwanted bulk.
Find out more about my program here.
If you have any questions about anything, I’m here to help xx