Women and Group Exercise: Theories From a Male Instructor

Theory 1: Men Have Higher Physical Fitness Levels Than Women

Men have higher fitness levels than women. They usually have better muscle mass, lower body fat percentage, and greater endurance level. Some studies show that men tend to exercise more often than women do. This is because they are able to do it longer without getting tired. However, if they want to lose weight, then they need to reduce their exercise time as much as possible.

In addition, men tend to perform more strenuous activities such as lifting weights and running. These activities require more energy than other types of exercise. Therefore, they burn up more calories during these kinds of activities. A man may burn 200 calories per hour while exercising for one hour at a time. On the other hand, a woman burns only 100 calories per hour when doing the same thing.

This means that she needs to increase her exercise time to get enough calories from exercise.

Another reason why men exercise more than women is because they have more free time. Most women work full-time jobs and children, which makes them less active. When a woman works part-time job, she might not even go out of the house very often. She will still exercise but she won’t spend too much time exercising since she doesn’t have many opportunities to do so. However, she can still maintain her weight by exercising only two to three times per week.

Theory 2: Men and Women Train and Lose Weights Differently

The way that men and women train may be the reason why they lose weight differently. When male trainers train their clients, they usually engage in power training or doing exercises quickly with heavy weights. On the other hand, female trainers rely on lighter weights and avoid lifting them too quickly.

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