Same same but differant

I don’t want to seem to be neglecting the women on these workouts, and in all honesty I am not in most ways. Same same but different was a line I heard probably about a million times when I spent time in Thailand, I really got the meaning of it when I applied it to my clients workouts and nutrition. You see, men’s and women’s eating routines in general should be pretty similar, 5-6 meals a day and the calories in each meal vary for what your goals are. If you are a 130 pound 5’6″ woman, you are not going to have the same amount of calories as your 6’2″ 190 pound boyfriend or husband. Portions are one of the biggest downfalls in women’s and men’s fitness program. I understand that most people are not going to measure 1 cup of cereal or oatmeal in the morning but when you pour that heaping bowl, 200 calories can quickly turn to 400 or 600 calories, and heaven help you if you are relying on restaurants to give you the “correct” portion size. To curb your night time cereal or pinkberry cravings make sure that you do get breakfast and snacks, this will help subside that night time bug.

A couple of the biggest differences between man and woman’s bodies is the where we store fat and the amount of muscle we naturally have on our bodies. The reason why women get cellulite is because they store their fat in between the muscle and the skin, thus giving skin dimples. So ladies, it is important that you do hit the weights too, if you want to rid yourself of the skin dimples and under arm (tricep) jiggle. The muscle you build will smooth out those dimples and give you smooth skin. I am not saying give up your spin class or boot camps but your classes are a supplement to your workouts because it is just as important for you to switch up your workouts as it is for us, guys. The good news for you and bad for us is that we store our fat in between our muscle and our organs giving us more heart attacks and other organ problems, so guys don’t forget your cardio and girls please try not to stress us out!  So “naturally” women are built up of 23% muscle and men 52%, hence harder for woman to “naturally” build as much muscle. Why is this important, well ladies this means that in most cases you are not going to bulk up like Arnold and if you are watch your calorie intake and lighten up the weights and go for a few more reps. Also you may not get as fast as results as your man because muscle burns fat and men naturally do have more muscle so do not get discouraged because the weight will come off.

I also know that comfort ability plays a huge part in woman’s fitness, generally speaking most women (or guys for that matter) are not going to do things in the gym that make them uncomfortable. So if you do not like to jump rope – hit the eliptical, bike, stair stepper or treadmill instead or practice the exercises that you are uncomfortable with at home until you perfect it, then take it to the gym and feel like a pro. Do not let the word power-lift scare you either, dead lifts with barbells, straight legged dead lifts, squats, bench press and kettle bell exercises are just as effective for women as they are for men. Mix them up with your tricep push downs and curls, use dumbbells for the dead lifts and presses to. I promise you will feel the muscles working in a good way.

Look back at some of the routines I have thrown up or find some other good weight programs, high speed and intensity applies to you just as much as it does to me (just a little less weight), do your plyos and jump rope because in the end we are all same same, but different.

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2 Responses

  1. Tim, thanks for this article. You have completely changed the way I work out. Your blog and you guys have helped me so much!

  2. Hi Tim,
    Everyone in our family reads your blog. Keep on writing.
    Thank you dear.
    Tammy

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