Women & Strength

Did you know that in a race men are more likely than women to receive a DNF (did not finish)?

Women don’t easily give up, give them a task and they will see it through to the end; that is the true strength of the female.

Perhaps one of the reasons women are often more likely to complete an event than a man is because they generally prepare better, or they are more conservative and realistic which plays out in the planning pre event (I’m just theorising here). One thing that we all know is that when the going gets tough women keep going.

Men are often believed to be the stronger sex, but it depends on what we believe strength is. When the races get longer, the time between male winners and female winners shrinks, Ultramarathons are not uncommonly won by women as women thrive during endurance events.

So let’s look at some of the science - Men have more fast twitch muscle fibres while women have more slow twitch fibres in their muscle tissue. Fast twitch fibres are great for explosive movements and speed whilst slow twitch are better for endurance. The female body is different to a males. So both sexes are strong, in different ways.

When males and females of the same size are put head to head, there is actually surprisingly little difference in strength. Generally however men are bigger than women and thus have more muscle mass, making them stronger. Due to this stereotype, men are more likely to lift weights. This also can mean that some women feel they may be judged for training hard, lifting weights and building size, reinforcing the stereotype.

We love the breaking of a stereotype - especially when it’s done with science, experience and grace! We look to a few of our clients when we say this - Ella Martyn & Ali Robinson and their amazing careers as Body Sculptors. You can check them out on their instagram pages. They are all strength & beauty!!

Images: Strong Women - Ella Martyn & Ali Robinson WBFF Champions

Women, historically were not ones to lift weights and this sadly could be one avoidable reason that women are more likely to suffer from Osteopenia or Osteoporosis. There’s no need to hit the levels of Ella & Ali, but light weight work will provide the benefits needed to help with this degeneration.

Women’s muscle and bone density sees a dramatic decline as we age, and if we don’t have a good starting point, then we could be in trouble, women lose about 20% of our muscle force post menopause and women at the age of 60 have a similar bone density to men aged 80.

This doesn’t need to be the case, exercise, weights and resistance programmes can help women make sure they have sufficient muscle and bone strength, but we often shy away. Unfortunately 50% of all women say they are stopped from exercising by worrying what other people think.

Women can be just as strong as men, if not stronger, so don’t be afraid of what people think, pick up the weights, go for a long run, hit a Hiit class or do some hill walks and hikes. Come on, let's show the men how it’s done.

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