Gender specific workouts: no
Gender specific results: yes
(oh yes I did)
Let me explain.
We are bombarded with fitness magazines and websites that offer workouts specifically for women. They will ‘tone you muscles’ and ‘help you create a lean physique’.
So are we supposed to stick to these workouts?
Should we leave the weight room to the men and stick to our cardio machines and 3 lb weights?
In all honesty, we could learn from each other.
In order to get a lean, toned body AND a strong, ripped physique, we must lift weights and get cardio in our regimen.
Women should be lifting and should be PROGRESSING with how much weight they are using. If you have done the same workouts with the same 3 lb weights for 2 years than it is no surprise you are not seeing the results you want.
You shouldn’t be smiling this much when you are strength training..
I am not saying you have to lift the same as your protein chugging, overly loud grunting counterpart; in fact, you probably couldn’t if you tried. Men have more that 100 times the testosterone women do; this allows them to lift much heavier weights and bulk up. We simply can’t.
So ladies, what is going to get you a perky butt and help you lose the back fat? Yep, muscle. Use a weight that allows you to do 10- 12 reps and by that last rep you CAN’T do another. When it gets easier, go ahead and up the weight. This will allow you to target the muscle fibers and create the beautiful, toned shape you want.
Men tend to skimp on cardio because they don’t want to lose the muscle they have gained,
But if they don’t lose the fat than they won’t get the ‘ripped’ look they are wanting.
(I can’t stop..)
Instead of looking for exercises that are intended for JUST women, look for compound exercises that will work more than one muscle. This will burn far more calories and TONE your muscles.
I hope this will give you guys more confidence to enter the free weights area and show the boys how it’s done. 🙂
Have a great day!
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