Do men and women need different things when working out? Intuitively, we'd think what works for Jane should work for John. We know, of course, that John will use heavier weights and sprint a little faster but does the workout or diet really need to be all that different?
First off, I just want to put this out there: men and women are different. That's right: we are! As ladies we tend to store excess fat in our arms and thighs and have lower upper body strength. All in all I think women have higher endurance and stamina that probably comes from a higher pain threshold. Men are physically stronger in general and tend to store weight in the midsection (yes, yes, the beer belly).
Second, we want different things. Guys like bulking up, most girls want to avoid it. A lot of men want six-packs, I don't many women that would be happy with one. More generally, most women workout to accentuate curvature and femininity and most men workout to look like Daniel Craig.
Last, we like different things. A lot of my male clients like high impact power and burst exercises. They like to be sore the next day and gloat to their friends how rough I am with them. Most girls don't like doing clean and jerks and prefer to gloat about how much I made them sweat or how I pushed them to run faster and longer than they thought they could. Don't get me wrong, I have male clients that hate the burst workout and female clients that love it but all in all...it holds true.
What does all this mean? Well if you are built differently, want different things, and like different things, it's not rocket science that you should work out different. That means we'll want to focus on certain areas that matter to you and do things you enjoy to make it palpable.
So should workout be different for men and women? Hell yes!