Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Workouts for Women. Wooohoooo!

So I am still on MC today. That tummy bug has yet to go away completely and I do not like the idea of having to walk a decent distance from my parking space to the office building. And with work that involves a lot of thinking, going to the office with less than 100% is akin to not going to the office at all.

So I'm not going to the office at all.

To while away the tremendously boring time staying at home, I surfed YouTube looking for various fitness videos to give me ideas on how to make my workouts more interesting. Yes, doing the basics (i.e. squats, deadlifts, military press, benchpress) are good enough to make you strong, but it does get boring. Variety is the spice of life.

But I digress. I wanted to talk about how there are so many vids out there tailored for women. Bodyweight for women. Kettlebell for women. Bla bla bla.... I personally think there should be NO difference on how men and women train. You exercise to increase functional strength and both men and women function the same way. So why must there be a difference on how a woman should train compared to how a man trains?

So you want a hot butt. Do deadlifts.

Firmer chest, so your boobs don't sag? Yup, benchpress.

Triceps that don't flap in the wind? Presses. Any kind. And dips too.

But of course, some of it could be marketing. Because there are STILL women out there who think they'll turn into incredible hulk if they lift weights. I've been lifting weights for three years and I'm still a skinny twig. Albeit a stronger twig.


KevL said...

Don't worry so much lah. It's not easy to lose muscle when you've been so consistent as ever with training. Since you've been puking so much, it should only be water weight.

Trust me, I've been through this phase before, twice (save for puking). To start seeing a noticeable shrinkage in muscle mass, it would take at least about 2-3 weeks - that is, with improper diet (meal skipping, delaying meal times, not eating what you should be eating), a complete halt in training for at least 2 weeks, and improper rests. So taking a week off, which has always been a recommended time-frame for a full rest once in a while will not affect your BMI/BF levels, unless you're reaaallyyy screwing up with your eating habits.

And don't pay so much attention to the needle on the scale. I'm still the same weight I used to be months, only better now. The vanity glass should be your best BMI/BF monitor ;)

Relax jer.

Rajan said...

Aizan: I think the only reason why they have different sets of workouts for men and women is because most women are not interested in muscle gain. Only weight loss. You are so right with women thinking that just looking at a dumbbell can make them bigger. Its absurd. Wish more women would understand like you.

KevL: What is BF monitor? Boyfriend? Sorry-lah... i a bit ulu when it comes to all these abbreviations. :-)

Aizan Suhaira said...

Kev: I am not lying when I say I look anorexic. Food poisoning made me lose my appetite and I didn't eat much this last 3 days.

I know I'll get back to my ideal weight soon. It's just a matter of time, diligent training and consistent eating.

Staying positive!

Rajan: Body fat lah. Chehhh.. LOL!