I had a conversation with a friend yesterday who validated what I’ve been feeling for a while: It’s frustrating to be told that female personal trainers and writers should only serve female clients and readers. That doesn’t mean niches aren’t super valuable. For example, if you want to enjoy the benefits of strength training, optimal conditioning, and healthy eating you can look to workoutnirvana.com to learn how. If you’re looking for advice on running, not so much.
But it’s always irked me that if I followed this gender rule, only women could benefit from what I offer. I’ve had many female and male clients who’ve loved their online training programs and learned from my articles.
However, most web sites, forums, Facebook groups, books, and services cater to either women or men. I’m not saying these are wrong, but it doesn’t always have to be this way.
True, when you’re just starting out with strength training it can be intimidating and scary to train alongside experienced – and often male – lifters. And if you’re looking to fix something that’s completely gender-specific, like hormonal issues and fat loss, obviously we need to address women only. But when it comes to strength training,
I believe we should divide people by goals, not gender.
A web site like workoutnirvana.com, which teaches you how to build muscle, burn fat, and eat healthy, can meet the needs of both guys and gals. When guys and gals stick together we can enjoy the benefits strength training even more. This applies to both the online world and in practical life:
- There’s no need for women to be steered towards articles primarily about “toning.” Unless a person is interested in bodybuilding, strength training principles apply to both sexes. Sure, guys have a lot more testosterone and gals have to work even harder to build muscle. But we will use the same methods to get there.
- If women avoid being grouped with “the guys,” we remain insecure about our abilities. For some women, (I believe) it promotes an underlying belief that we’re not as good as the guys when it comes to lifting weights. And this can lead to quitting.
- We can learn from each other. Historically, guys have been strength training a lot longer than women. But when I’m in the weight room, guys are learning from me, too. I use techniques they’ve never tried and I know how to progress my workouts to get fantastic results more quickly. And I’ve taken note from guys who rest longer, too, to work on strength instead of just aesthetics.
- Guys respect chicks who can lift! If guys don’t see women crushing it in the online world in forums or groups – or in the weight room – because we’re staying with our own kind, it’s more difficult for them to accept us as “one of them.”
- If more women lifted with the guys, strength training would no longer be male-dominated. The benefits of strength training are HUGE for both sexes and women need to get on this.
- You’ll have confidence that you can. Even if you currently work out at home, you might someday have access to a free membership to a gym or want access to more equipment. If you’re already comfortable interacting online about weightlifting with the opposite sex, you’ll be more comfortable in real life.
Obviously, these are my own opinions based on what I’ve seen in the online world and in person for many years. My hope is for guys and gals to not only coexist but thrive together in strength training environments, even when we also want to group with our own sex elsewhere.
So with that in mind, I present to you my gender-neutral advice and expertise. If I have something gender-specific to say, you will know it.
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This article originally appeared on workoutnirvana.com.