Women's Strength-Training...Should it be Different than Men? - Female bodybuilders

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Women's Strength-Training...Should it be Different than Men?

Some fitness experts recommend that women should perform higher repetitions and maybe more sets because of some physiological differences (hormones profile and neuromuscular activation levels).

So for example, if men are needed to perform between 8-12 repetitions for gaining muscle size, women maybe can benefit with 10-14 reps. Other than that, women should perform strength-training like men and they can gain the same benefits as men do.

But weight training for women should also change every few weeks by performing strength, muscle hypertrophy, and explosive (plyometric) routine in order for women to progress in strength training.

Another concern of women who wan to perform strength-training is this; women are higher in sports related-injuries because of their Anatomical and Biomechanical gender differences.



I have not seen any data indicating that women are generally more susceptible to weight-training related injuries. We need to take this myth of the frail, fragile woman out to the curb!

However, in recent years we have noted an increase in the anterior cruciate ligament (also called the ACL) injuries in female athletes. This may indicate that women may be more prone to ACL injury because of the configuration of their hips and legs or simply those women are now more active and thus the chance of injury is increased.

This is yet another good reason to utilize strength training. Strengthening the leg muscles, especially the vastus medialis, will improve knee stability and thus reduce the risk of sport injuries to the knees
 

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