Should Workout Plans for Women be Completely Different from Mens Workouts?
It's a simple question, should workout plans for women be different then men's? But you know what it actually has a bit of a trick answer.
The answer is both yes and no. If women have the same fitness goals as men, then yes the workout plans for women should be the same as the male counterparts, but a lot of the time the goals are much different.
For example, most men don't want to burn off 5 pounds to fit into that tiny black dress. Also, most women don't want to add another 45lb plate to their bench press.
Simply put, the workout plans for women are going to be different because the end results are different.
Muscular Development is The Key...
That being said, women far too often just jump on the treadmill, or even worse the elliptical when they are working out and totally forget that losing weight and being toned is a result of muscular development in conjunction with fat loss.
There are much better ways to develop a killer body then to try and sweat it all out on an elliptical machine!
Muscle doesn't know if you are male or female, if you are wanting to lose weight and to get a sexy look then your workout plan has to match that.
On the other hand if you are trying to really bulk up (there are more and more women these days interested in Muscle Building) then yes your workout plan should mimic a males bodybuilding plan.
Gender Comes Last
When I discuss fitness goals with an individual, I generally don't take into consideration their gender. I usually look at their current state, where they want to be, and what their abilities'.
So we want to set up a fitness plan that is attainable, but also really pushes the body to achieve maximum success. I really like to use interval training and sports cardio for this.
Ladies getting to your desired fitness goals is achievable, but it probably won't be easy. I have put together a page listing the top 5 Female Fat Loss Myths for you to check out.
I would suggest at least giving it a read before you start any kind of exercise of diet plan.
The Botoom Line
So bottom line is actually pretty simple. If you are a women and have the same fitness goals as a man (e.g building muscles) you are comparing to then you should follow the mens workout.
However, if like most women your goals are for toning and fat loss then you need a fitness plan that is designed to serve you best!
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