Homeweight trainingShould Women Train And Lift Weights Like Men?

Should Women Train And Lift Weights Like Men?

should women lift weights like men

 

Should Women Train & Lift Weights Like Men? Absolutely!

 

Should women train the same way men do? It’s one of the most common misconceptions in fitness fueled by some rather alternate facts and outdated ideas that women shouldn’t lift weights or train like men for fear of building man sized muscles and losing their femininity. It’s a misconception that is strongly supported by the media and fitness industry as it helps sell gender targeted activities and gym memberships- even though it is in reality an incredibly sexist movement that prevents women from realizing many of their fitness goals and optimizing their overall health. In fact, all things considered, weight training is perhaps even more important for women than for men, yet in a quest to maximize class attendances and boost enrollment, women have been bombarded for decades with the premise that they can get the strong, sculpted and toned body of their dreams from just doing aerobics, Pilates, yoga and spin classes with a maybe some token weight lifting with “girl” weights of a ridiculously inconsequential magnitude. The marketing gender bias is strong, and for good reasons. Gyms sell memberships to women based on classes that appeal to them and the quality, quantity (and even color) of the cup holding treadmills, Stairmasters and elliptical machines.

 

should women lift weight like men ruslana
Should women lift weight like men? Ask WNBF Bikini Pro, Ruslana Sokolovskaya!

 

Given the desire to appeal to women, everything from the aerobics machines, selectorized weight machines and even the dumbbells in gyms are designed to be as stylish and as attractive as possible to women. As they make up the majority of gym goers in the United States, representing an impressive 66 percent of the total gym member population.[1] Class activities are also strongly marketed to women, focusing on fun and group activity. The problem is, however that while classes and equipment are designed to attract a heavily female patronage- they are inherently condescending as they do little to address women’s actual goals. Emphasis is, and always has been on sales- not results, so it isn’t surprising that most fitness related programs for women have little in the way of serious weight training as a selling point- regardless of how effective it might be.

While few women would look at the quality and quantity of barbells and dumbbells to determine whether a gym was right for them- it’s indeed the weights that they need to realize the goal of a tighter and more toned body. What works for men to build lean and sculpted physiques works for women as well- but sadly only a few eschew the scientifically absurd notions that women need to train differently or that weight training has a negative impact on femininity. The millions of women who remain frustrated by their lack of progress and difficulty in controlling their weight are an unfortunate but telling testimony to the fact that the light weights/aerobics approach doesn’t really work. In stark contrast however, the sculpted and undeniably feminine fitness models and in shape celebrities whose bodies most women consider as their ultimate goal all incorporate serious weight training to look the way they do.

woman training like a man
Women can lift heavy weights in the gym just like men and it won’t make them masculine anymore than sewing a button makes a man feminine.

 

Should Women Train Like Men? Social Barriers In the Media To Women Lifting Weights

 

The gender gap here in developed countries may be closing in terms of employment and equal rights (to a degree) but in the physical world, women are still expected to do less. Many men also feel threatened by the idea of a strong woman and openly discourage their spouse, girlfriends, friends and relatives from lifting weights as they hold the misguided notion that strength is somehow the monopoly of men. In the 21st Century with all the social advances that we have made it is sad to know that many men still think this way, but unlike times gone by women are more aware that this is more a matter of male insecurity than any inherent truth yet many still hold the archaic associations of weakness with femininity and the media does a lot to make this the case. Consider a photograph of a female fitness model or celebrity training in a magazine or on a fitness related website. Usually everyone is smiling for the camera, while posing with uselessly light weights or taking a class or smiling on an aerobic machine. It is very rare that you will see a woman training with weights and grimacing with effort. It might not sound like much of a big deal, and some would argue that it caters to the female aesthetic- but think about what ideas such images convey and how condescending it is to imply that there is something wrong with showing images of women working hard. Contrast those images with photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime working out, or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or any major male star who gets ripped and muscular for a film. You’d be hard pressed to find a photo of them smiling at the camera in booty shorts with ridiculously light weights in their hand. And if you saw such a spectacle, you would immediately think that they weren’t trying intent on being taken seriously- but when women are portrayed this way few make the connection that it is indeed a sexist and condescending portrayal. Men are shown training hard, sweating, grimacing and working hard- which sends a very powerful message that inspires other men to do the same and thus they get the same results. Women don’t always have that privilege in the media. Like it or not, body language is an important part of how we are influenced and women are seldom given the message that it’s okay to work hard and sweat as most of the cues from the media are more focused on training being fun and light activities. This works really well to sell products and services but it’s alarmingly hypocritical. Especially when the buffed women in the photos actually train as hard, if not harder than the men with weights to look the way they look.

Yoga pose woman who lifts weights
Very often the models selected in ads for yoga and aerobic classes tend to be seriously into weight training, yet the image conveys the idea that you can get such a body from these classes alone.

 

Equally misleading is the use of women who have been lifting weights for years in ads for yoga classes, putting forth the notion that somehow body contortion and controlled breathing exercises creates a strong and sculpted physique. I can personally attest to this being the case as a fitness and movement photographer in my “other life.” My specialty is high intensity weight training, it’s what I have done exclusively with my clients for the past 25 years and I once worked with a prominent yoga instructor who I later learned didn’t want anyone knowing that she lifted weights as she wanted her clientele to believe that her physique was the product of her yoga practice. (To be fair I have also trained a number of yoga teachers who would gladly tell their clients that weight training and proper diet was the key to their sculpted bodies, so they aren’t all out to mislead.) Many social media fitness personalities also lift serious weights in secret so as not to go against the prevailing trend that women should not be made to feel like they need to go to a gym. Again it’s not conjecture, but something I know for a fact as I have been contacted to train social media celebrities on condition that their high intensity weight training be done at a private location and that no one could know that they actually trained with weights. While I have trained celebrities in private and would never publicly say that I worked with them unless they said made that disclosure themselves, this didn’t feel right at all and I politely declined. Lots of young women look to these social media fitness girls as a source of inspiration and I don’t want my daughter or anyone else’s daughter buying into the idea that you can eat cupcakes, take a class here and there and look terrific without breaking a sweat.

Should women lift weights- example Jenny Bohlstrom
Should women lift weights like men? Ask NI trainer, dancer, fitness model and bikini competitor, Jenny Bohlstrom who weight trains with us three times a week!

 

The Impact Of Drug Use In Female Bodybuilding & Physique Sports As a Barrier To Women Lifting Weights And Training

Back in the islands, weight training is considered a serious undertaking, by both men and women alike. In climates where you walk around half naked 365 days a year, coupled with festivals requiring little in the way of dress but lots in the way of sculpted abs and tight bodies, weight training is embraced as the defacto method to get that lean and hard body, regardless of gender. Growing up, the piece of advice I would hear given over and over to young women bent on getting their stomachs flat and their behinds tight was to go train with the boys. A visit to a hardcore gym back home will reveal not just men toiling away doing squats and deadlifts, but women as well. And make no mistake that those women- as hard as they train they aren’t masculine by any stretch of the imagination, but rather they sport the sleek and toned bodies that are the elusive Holy Grail for most. As effective as serious weight lifting may be for women interested in doing everything from firming up the back of their arms, to tightening their midsection and shaping up the back of their legs, it doesn’t sell. A fact compounded by the negative impact of modern female bodybuilding where drug use creates a rather daunting image of women with muscles popping out of muscles in an obviously unnatural way. Images like these go a long way in cementing the unfounded idea that if women train like men that they will eventually look like men, but nothing could be further from the truth. One of the first obstacles that must be overcome for women to understand the folly of such an idea is the truth about drug use in physique sports.

Women who lift weights are not at all masculine
Female bodybuilders who don’t use drugs don’t look masculine at all as we can see here with Ms. Olympia Rachel Mclish who competed at a time when drugs were not part of female bodybuilding.

 

 

The majority of the world is unaware that there are two vastly incongruent worlds of bodybuilding. One, is where the use of anabolic steroids, growth hormone, insulin, thyroid medication and other drugs are not only used by competitors but encouraged. These are the women (and men) you see prominently displayed in the magazines- and quite frankly, the ones who most members of the general public find highly unattractive. It’s hard not to be affected by the image of a female bodybuilder, (and in some cases figure competitors) who look very much like guys wearing bikinis. My philosophy is and always will be to each his or her own, but the problem with such displays is that there is little done to educate the public- women in particular- that no matter how hard you train and how much you lift, you’ll never look like the women you see onstage at untested shows because it simply isn’t possible without an extensive array of drugs. The other travesty is that natural bodybuilding is virtually unknown to the public at large. Completely overshadowed by the freakish and out of this world physiques of untested competitions is the world of drug tested bodybuilding, where the women don’t look like men in drag, but like the models you see adorning the covers of popular fitness magazines.

It would surprise most women to learn that the tight bodies of their dreams are attained regularly by those who train with weights as hard as the guys do. Female bodybuilding in its infancy, went a along way to inspire a whole generation of women hitting the weights to change their bodies during the 1980’s, but the specter of drug use brought such inspiration to a grinding halt, and the fitness industry, eager to not lose consumers, simply switched the emphasis from promoting weight training to more aerobic type and class oriented activities for women as a result. It makes sense, but it also raises some very important social questions about our society and the underlying trend of a submissive role for women in today’s world, but before delving into the social aspects, let’s look first at the physiology of the matter. Are women in any way different from men in terms of their body structure and is there any basis for a need for different approaches to exercise for them to get optimal results? These are valid questions and fortunately also ones that have been extensively researched over the years.

should women lift weights like men
Women naturally have far lower levels of testosterone, the hormone mainly responsible for muscle growth and so man sized muscles from weight training are impossible without the use of anabolic steroids.

 

Should Women Train & Lift Weights Like Men? Understanding Hormonal & Structural Differences

It shouldn’t surprise anyone over the age of four that there are indeed major differences between men and women in terms of their body structure. In terms of metabolism, men are on average bigger and have more muscle mass than women, which accounts for them having an average metabolic rate of about 1.0 kilocalories per hour per kilogram of body weight. Women have slightly slower metabolisms than men, which among other things accounts for it being so much easier for them to gain weight when compared to their male counterparts. The difference isn’t that huge though, with the median metabolic rate for a woman being usually about 0.9 kilocalories per hour per kilogram of body weight. Women also have higher levels of estrogen than men do- a hormone responsible for not only female secondary sex characteristics, but structural functions such as increasing sex specific fat stores.[2] Men have higher levels of testosterone, which among other things plays a key role in the development of male reproductive tissues as well as promoting increased muscle and bone mass.[3] Both men and women have some level of circulating estrogen and testosterone, but the concentrations of estrogen are higher in women, while testosterone levels in men are far higher. Testosterone’s anabolic, or muscle building effects, can make men more muscular and give them more potential to increase the size and strength of their muscles. Women have far lower levels of testosterone and don’t respond to it the same way that men do. Differences that make it impossible for women to naturally build muscles have strength at levels comparable to men without using anabolic steroids. And even with anabolic steroids, which are synthetic derivatives of testosterone, it would take quite a lot to achieve man like muscles. So there is no risk of a woman training naturally accidentally getting bulky like a man.

Should Women Train With Weights- Example Erika Citrin
Dancer and Naturally Intense Personal Trainer Erika Citrin trains with weights three times a week with rather impressive weights and isn’t bulky by any stretch of the imagination.

 

Hormones aside, there are also important structural differences between men and women in terms of muscles. Studies of elite male and female bodybuilders show a clear difference in the maximum size of muscle fibers in men when compared to women. Men not only have muscle fibers that are twice as large, but also even among world class strength athletes, contractile muscle takes up less than 30 % of their total body mass in females than in males. Such research is invaluable as it puts to rest the idea that women who weight trained extensively would somehow sprout man sized muscles. In fact, studies continue to suggest that while females can significantly increase their strength through weight training, they are not able to increase their muscle size and density to the degree that men can. [5,6]

 

Do Women Respond Differently To Weight Training Compared To Men?

While we have demonstrated that women do not and cannot under ordinary circumstances get muscles that are as big or as strong as men, the question thus remains whether there is a difference in the way women would respond to such exercise. Today’s party line states that women have more body fat than men(which is on average quite correct) and thus have to do more fat burning exercises like aerobics to lose weight along with high repetition weight training of low intensity. The problem with this popular ideology is that it has no foundation in the way our bodies work, nor does it take into consideration the mechanical stresses required for the toned and taut bodies that most women seek. Firstly, it has been proven that brief high intensity weight training burns more calories and contributes to a greater reduction in overall body fat than aerobic type exercises. [7,8]

It was first thought that aerobic exercise contributed to weight loss by burning calories during exercise and afterwards as well. However, subsequent studies have conclusively shown that the so called ‘afterburn effect’ is far more pronounced after a high intensity weight training type workout.[9,10,11] Thus. weight training of sufficient intensity not only helps you burn calories (and potential body fat) while training, but also stimulates an increase in overall metabolism during the recovery period after training at a rate significantly higher than aerobic exercise can. Weight training also increases muscle mass- which not only gives you the much coveted look of a chiseled and sculpted body with muscle definition– but also helps you burn more calories as a result of the consequent increase in muscle mass.

 

Women & Weight Training- Aerobics & Light Weight Lifting Won’t Give You That Tight & Toned Physique
should women train with weights- ballerina
Ballerina Mykaila Symes does some serious high intensity weight training with me three times a week whenever she is town!

 

Aerobic type exercises do not stimulate significant increases in muscle mass- with muscle adaptations occurring only at the beginning of a period of relative inactivity and even then, only in a very limited form. In terms of creating a tight and toned body, low intensity weight training is equally worthless as muscle can only be stimulated if there is an overload that it is not accustomed to dealing with. You can do 100 bicep curls with a user friendly looking purple 5 lb weight from now until the cows come home, but it won’t do a thing to make your arms any tighter. You can use female friendly leg abductor/abductor machines with light weights for hours on end- but you won’t get tighter legs. Without an intensity that signals to your body that it has to adapt to an activity by becoming stronger and bigger, basically nothing happens as you have to train with relatively heavy weights (within reason) and at an intensity adequate enough to spur your body to respond (kind of like how the guys train.) Read my article on How Muscles Get Bigger And Stronger for a more in-depth presentation of how our body responds to exercise.

should women train with weights- ballerina Alex P
Dancer & ballerina, Alex Policaro weight trains with with me three times a week!

 

The Dancer’s Body- The End Result of Intense Weight Training

Over the past 25 years of my time as a personal trainer I have had the honor and privilege of working with a number of dancers, both professional and students who all wanted the same thing- that highly coveted, chiseled and toned dancer’s body. I am also a (soon-to-be-published) professional dance photographer and have worked with some of the top dancers in the world as part of my work, Dance As Art- The New York City Photography Project. In addition to the fact that two of my training staff are also professional dancers who both train alongside me and do the same exercises that I do. The general public has a strong misconception that somehow dancing itself gives you these “long and lean” muscles that so many popular dancers have. With ballerinas such as Misty Copeland taking the spotlight as the new look of the dancer today, what is often lost is that these bodies come from serious weight lifting. Not from dancing, not from Pilates, not from Barre classes or any other misleading nonsense that lines the pockets of those selling the classes to young men and women hoping to get that dancer’s body. The fact of the matter is that if you go to any prominent dance school you will note that the dancers who dance eight or more hours a day look exactly like a cross section of the general public. Our bodies adapt to what we do and anyone dancing for years has long adapted to the activity and it will not help them do much in the way of building muscle, nor will it help them get leaner. The popular dancers who we see with ripped abs and that lean and toned look are usually those who train very hard in the gym, and or those who are young and genetically had that lean and muscular look even before they started dancing. The average dancer tends to not be very muscular and their body fat is rarely very low, however, when they get to the gym and start a program of intense weight training, not only do they get the sculpted look, but they also become better dancers overall. They don’t get “muscle bound” (see my article How Weight Training Increases Flexibility) nor do they lose any flexibility as they just get build lean muscle and lose body fat in the process. Having trained and worked with my fair share of them both I and the many dancers who I have helped transform can attest to the veracity of this statement.

woman lifts a heavy barbell in gym
Women can lift heavy weights in the gym just like men and it won’t make them masculine anymore than sewing a button makes a man feminine.

 

Building muscle, thus, is indeed the Holy Grail and gender-wise, there is absolutely no evidence for women training with different exercises or different ways to build it. In fact, when looked at as relative changes, the percentage increases in cross sectional muscle area between men and women as a response to weight training is very much the same.[12,13] So if you want to really make significant changes in your body, you need to make weight training the central part of your routine- not an afterthought done at the end. In terms of exercises, forget about the light weight with high reps idea as it won’t get you anywhere, and instead focus on compound movements like squats, deadlifts, rows, presses and even power exercises like clean and jerks. You’ll be surprised not only how much your body will change, but that as your muscles grow and your body fat diminishes you’ll get smaller. That’s right, high intensity weight training makes women smaller- not bigger. My wife trains with me, she isn’t huge. My trainer staff train with me and they aren’t huge. My female clients aged 20 to 72 aren’t huge either and they all lift weights the same way my male clients do. They are toned and tight as muscles mass increases in women tend to enhance curves, firm everything up and create that svelte look, while concurrent loss of body fat made all of them go down several sizes. Every woman I know who ever met a natural female bodybuilder or figure competitor was always amazed at just how small they were in person. Without drugs, the oversized look just doesn’t happen, but of course, you have to pay attention to your diet as well if you want to look toned and fit. It doesn’t happen overnight- but if you stick with it, I guarantee you’ll be more than pleased with the results.

 

5th Avenue Gym circa 2009- 5 years out from my last show.

As you can see, trophies and competitions were NEVER the driving force behind why I train the way I train and why I eat the way I eat.

It's always been my passion to see how far I could go as a natural athlete and perhaps even more so, to show what can be accomplished without using drugs.

And 5th Avenue Gym was the perfect place to do it.

I really miss that gym.

It was a place where legends came to train and while it wasn't pretty, it had everything we needed to do the work we needed to do.

And boy did we work!!!

5th Avenue for life as they say!!!

Hope you are still training hard and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

And thanks @pit_bulls_67 for snapping the shot!!!!

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Why Are Pull Ups So Hard For Some But Not For Others?

Pull ups are an exercise people love to hate!

They love to hate it because in my experience, most untrained men or women can't do one pull up and those who train can often struggle to do 6 or 10.

Why?

Because pull ups are hard!

And yet people like myself can easily do as many as 20-25!

So what's the reason for this discrepancy?

Is there some secret that allows me and others to do pullups so easily?

There isn't, and in this video I go over exactly why I can do as many as I can and why it can be so much harder for others.

I also go over my #1 pull up variant that ANYONE can do, even if you can't do one pull up.

And yet it can build strength and muscle size in some cases even more so than regular pull ups!

So click the link in my bio to see the full video on YouTube or go to my channel by looking up naturallyintense!

Thanks in advance for watching and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

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Maximize Biceps Growth With High Intensity Arm Blaster Hammer Curls!

50lb Dumbbells For 20 reps!

The Arm Blaster is a fantastic piece of equipment for a home gym or any gym!

It doesn't take up much space and allows you to add variety to your biceps training.

It locks your elbows in place, thus increasing training intensity, and by doing a hammer curl, you can use more weight (thus increasing intensity even more) and target your brachialis muscles which help add density to your biceps!

This was my last set and I couldn't go any heavier as I am still nursing a wrist injury, but the 50lbers were more than enough to do the job!

Try them out next time you train arms and let me know how it goes!!!

Still training, hope you are too and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

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Injury-Proof Your Training: The Power of Workout Variation!

One of the main reasons why I can still train heavy and intensely at 49 after 35 years of nonstop training without any training related overuse injuries is the fact that I vary EVERY workout!

Overuse injuries come from doing the same movements over and over and by always changing your routine, you radically lessen the likelihood of chronic injury.

Squats, deadlifts, barbell curls and bench presses are great exercises, but if you do them all the time, you do increase the odds of getting injured.

And as a natural athlete, it bears mentioning that it takes years to realize your full potential, and so it's crucial to have a training program that is sustainable, and one that will allow you to train injury free for as long as I have or longer!

Thanks so much for tuning in and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

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High Intensity Training Leg Extensions To Failure!
And as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

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This Is What 35 Years of Natural Bodybuilding Looks Like!

So as you know, As you may know I recently turned 49 and every year I do a photoshoot to show my progression.

In the hopes of showing that you can not only maintain a level of excellence as the years go by, but that you can do it without steroids, TRT, drugs or even pre-workouts and protein shakes!

(I’ve never had a pre-workout or energy drink and haven’t had a protein shake in decades!)

You don't need it as all it does make you forget tht excellence doesn’t require anything outside of yourself.

You already have all the tools you need!

Not a huge fan of taking photos of myself, (I much prefer being behind the camera) but I humbly try to be one example of just how much you can achieve with proper training and an uncompromisingly proper diet!

So here I am again at 49 and I am looking forward to seeing what you accomplish over the years as well!!! Thanks so much for tuning in and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

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High Intensity Arm Training- 50lb Concentration Curls!

There are two basic types of exercises, compound movements like barbell curls and isolation movements like concentration curls.

If you want above average arm development, you have to go hard on all exercises.

Isolation movements included, especially if you are drug free as we don't have the privilege of maximum growth from anything less than putting in some seriously hard work!

You have to go to that dark place where you can barely get the weight to move and do whatever it takes to get it up!

And then somehow find it in you to do it again!!!

You can't intellectualize it, you just have to do it and believe!!!

This was my third and last set and so I went all out!

My wrist is still a bit off so not going ultra heavy (by my standards) but
this was a hard set!

I haven't done concentration curls in a while, so I am really sore right now as I type this out two days after the workout!

Bear in mind that I always try to change it up and no one exercise is done every time I train.

Never training to maintain, always working hard to gain!!!

Still training and I hope you are too!!!

Thanks for tuning in and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

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Unlock Your Natural Potential By Varying Your Workouts!
For the past 32 years I have always done a different workout every time I trained.

I have never followed a set program of exercises and the only unifying aspect of my workouts is the blistering intensity!

I train three times a week with a protocol I call Naturally Intense High Intensity Training, and what distinguishes it from other forms of high intensity training is the constant variety.

Muscles grow in response to overload and UNACCUSTOMED stimulation.

Remember when you first started training how effective everything seemed to be, but over time that progress slowly ground to a halt.

You change your routine and see some progress, but the gains in size and strength inevitably fall off over time if you don't make a change.

Now what if you never left that "beginner gains" stage and were always training with different exercises and radically different ways of doing the exercises every single time?

You would be where I am, not having experienced a plateau over the past 32 years and be able to really start unlocking your natural potential!

How does it all work, and how would you measure progression? Watch the full video on YouTube by clicking on my bio link, or going to my YouTube channel (Naturally Intense) and see for yourself!

I really think it can help make a difference in your overall progress, and best of all, it helps you avoid injuries so you can keep training hard for years on end! Thanks in advance for watching and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

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Kevin Richardson
Kevin Richardsonhttps://www.naturallyintense.net
Featured everywhere from the Wall Street Journal to CBS News, celebrity Personal Trainer NYC and with over 2.6 million readers of his blog, Kevin Richardson is the creator of Naturally Intense High Intensity Training, one of the top lifetime drug free bodybuilders of his time, the first International Fitness & Nutrition Consultant for UNICEF, 2020 and 8 Time Winner of the Best of Manhattan Awards for Personal Training and a world recognized authority on high intensity training. Kevin has helped thousands, from celebrities to CEO's over the past 30 years achieve their fitness goals with his 10 minute high-intensity workouts done just three times a week in conjunction with his holistic nutrition approach. You can learn more about about his diet and training services at www.naturallyintense.net
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