Do Men & Women Need to Train Differently
The timeless question can be answered with a quick and simple: No.
I could end the article here claiming the easiest and shortest blog you've ever read, but I know many would find this simple statement a little hard to believe, so let's keep going.
As I mentioned, women and men do not need to train differently.
Keep in mind the difference between need and should is quite a large gap, large enough for many to get lost in while trying to figure out the difference.
Women do not need to train differently than men, but in certain areas they should do so. Ultimately men and women can train the same approximately 90% of the time.
That remaining 10% is based on personal goals and seeing how men and women usually have different objectives their training should frankly, be different.
Areas that men and women should train the same include:
Sounds like majority of the body doesn't it?
Rest assured there are several remaining areas to be trained differently
1. Lifted Trucks versus Sleek and Sexy
I believe it's safe to say that most women don't have a desire for "lifted trucks" aka large, thick, muscular legs.
Females tend to fall into two categories: strong, muscular, sexy legs OR sleek, shiny, sexy legs (common factor - all options are sexy - you do you girl)
Exercises to avoid: forward lunges. The forward lunge places a higher level of stress on the quads, especially around your vastus medialis (the base of your knee).
Swap forward lunges for reverse lunges: when you opt for the reverse you shift the emphasis from your quads and place it on your glutes
Women: Incorporate forward lunges ... just do the reverse more often
Men: Most men aim for thick muscular legs and excel at forward lunges
2. Core, Core, Core