Ok… I’m aware that this is a VERY hot topic in the health and fitness world. Here’s my two cents for what it’s worth.
I believe exercise should be individualized. When I read women should do the exact same program as men I can’t help but cringe. Bottom line: we generally don’t have the same goal so why do the same thing?
I’m just going to come right out and say for my body type I don’t believe in traditional weight training programs.
BUT I don’t believe women should wail their arms around in circles with 3lbs weights for 50 minutes and call it a day.
There is a happy medium.
I do love resistance training. My personal program incorporates plyometric workouts, medicine balls, kettlebells, interval running, pilates, body weight training (push-ups, chin-ups, dips, etc.), and tons and tons of burpees. I don’t lift weights in the traditional sense.
In the past I’ve been a lifter, at my peak I could bicep curl 30lbs easily for 8 reps. At 17.
I was the hulkette: 5’3, 157 lbs; built, in my doctor’s words “like an ox”.
I’ve never been in better all around shape than I am right now, I’m much leaner than I was when I was on a traditional strength training regimen. I know the second I start back on a heavy progressive load schedule I puff up like crazy. So stop trying to tell me otherwise!
I’m not saying spend all day on the elliptical, kill me now, 15 minutes on that thing is torture. But I am saying it’s important to listen to your own body. Just because someone in the fitness industry says it’s the best approach, that usually means it’s been the best for them, might not work for you. Find what works for you and stick with it.
Beware of the one-size fits all trainer who tries to tell you otherwise.