As I sit here this morning with legs slightly quivering from this morning’s lower body workout, I am reminded again just how differently men are versus women when it comes to our thinking about strength training. Hopefully the following does not come off as sexist in any way and that my female friends who are trainers and/or have spent some time in the weight room will agree with me.
You see, I have spent the better part of the past 20 years eating, training and taking supplements trying to get my thighs to rub together. This sounds blasphemous to just about any female, as this is what they dread every time they look at themselves in the mirror or try on jeans at the mall. You know what the truth is? It’s just not that easy. (I wish it was)
Women on average have about 10x less testosterone production than most males, and so women just don’t have the ability to put on muscle mass like men do. Now this does not mean in any way that women have it easier when it comes to sculpting an eye-catching physique. For the same reason, females also naturally have less resting caloric expenditure, leading many women to hate their husbands when they diet and exercise for 2 weeks and drop 10 pounds, while they often work harder and eat better for lesser results. Men also don’t through a dramatic internal physiological trauma like women do each month (even though some guys I’ve trained act like they do) that affects hormones, mood, energy levels, caloric expenditure, recovery ability, etc.
The primary point I want to get across to women is that muscle is not your problem and certainly not your enemy. I have always stuck to a firm policy with my clients that if you put on too much muscle, I will happily give you your money back. If your thighs rub together, chances are that it is not muscle.