4 Things Men and Women Can Teach Each Other in the Gym

Men and women are different physically. They have different muscle mass, bone density, fat distribution, body temperature and blood pressure levels. There are some physical characteristics which make men stronger than women. Some of these physical characteristics include:

• Height – Men tend to be taller than women. A man’s height is generally around 1.7 meters (5 feet 10 inches).

• Weight – Men usually weigh more than women. Men typically weigh approximately 180 pounds (80 kilograms) while women typically weigh approximately 100 pounds (45 kg) less than men.

• Body composition – Men tend to have higher muscle mass, lower fat content and a leaner appearance. Women tend to have a higher percentage of body fat and are often considered slimmer than men. A woman’s weight tends to fluctuate throughout her menstrual cycle.

• Fat distribution – Men tend to carry more body fat than women. A woman’s body fat tends to vary throughout her menstrual cycle.

Women tend to have different hormonal cycles than men. These hormonal changes affect their bodies differently and may cause them to exercise differently from each other as well as having different goals when it comes to exercising. For example, a woman will likely want a more intense workout compared with a man who wants something easy.

Here’s why:

For women:

PMS (Premenstrual syndrome) – As PMS comes around, most women will tend to get a little more emotional than usual. This is a time where a woman may want to take some rest or do less strenuous activity. A woman may want to rest her body or just be left alone.

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Changes in her body may also occur where she may feel puffy, bloated or even gain weight. More info on PMS here.

Menstrual cycle – A woman’s body will go through a monthly cycle (on average 28 days) as part of their menstrual cycle and reproductive system. During this time, they may feel bloated, puffy or gain weight. They may also experience hormonal changes causing them to feel emotional or more sensitive than usual.

This is where they may not want to do anything that could be physically demanding. Some women experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS) one to two weeks before their period. This may cause them to feel emotional, stressed or even depressed. More info on PMS here

For men:

Testosterone – Men typically have more testosterone in their bodies than women. This can cause men to be more aggressive, dominant and confident than women. Certain changes in a man’s testosterone level may also cause him to gain body fat.

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