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Women’s Workouts

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Women’s Workouts

Here are three great workout specifically for women.  The difference between a workout for men and one for women is simply that the goals are different, there is no reason that a man couldn’t do these workouts or a woman couldn’t do a “man’s” workout.  The one big difference between men and women is how they respond to resistance training.  Because men’s testosterone levels are much higher, their bodies are able to respond to the resistance training by adding more muscle whereas the ability of women to do this is very limited.  If you are worried that lifting weights and working out will make you musclebound or make you lose your femininity then you have absolutely nothing to worry about.  Adding muscle is a very, very slow and difficult process even for many men and you dont have the testosterone.   So if you cant gain muscle, why workout?  Great question! Because you can get much stronger and add some muscle, not enough to lose your femininity but enough that you look “toned”.  Adding muscle mass increases your basic metabolic rate (BMR) which makes it easier to lose fat, great reason to add a little muscle.  Why should you care about getting stronger?  Because many injuries in everyday life could have been avoided if the person was stronger.  For example, if your legs are not strong, you might be tempted to bend over and lift with your back rather than lifting with your legs – lifting with the back can result in serious and chronic back pain.  People who havent lifted weights only use a fraction of the muscle fibers in their body.  Their brains have not been able to find and control many of these fibers.  What resistance training does is help your brain find and use the muscle fibers you already have, this is what lets you get stronger without getting big muscles.  Although women don’t have a lot of testosterone, they can get much stronger.

There are many reasons to workout at home and no disadvantages as far as I know.  You save lots of time driving to and from the gym, you save gym membership fees, you get to play your own rockin’ music, and you save being hassled by well meaning muscle-heads like me interrupting your workout with well meaning but unwanted advice 🙂  The goal of these workouts is to get stronger and to get cardio to help in weight loss.  Each is only 30 minutes long and they are very similar except that one uses resistance bands and the other uses dumbbells.

 

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