While these DVDs are suitable for women, she also adds that there’s a lack of options for intense workouts that focus on women’s goals: “It would be nice if there was an intense female workout video geared towards woman; the Insanity is heavy on upper Body stuff, which is more for men. Women tend to like to focus more on legs and core.”
Goals aside, there are of course some key physiological differences between men and women. But they hardly present limitations for women as far as workouts are concerned, according to Trink:
Most women naturally move better than men due to physiological differences, and as a result, they are often superior in their ability to perform an exercise correctly. Women are also naturally better and more open to taking direction and instruction, which can improve their workouts and break any bad habits they may have formed faster than men. Men are naturally stronger and faster than women which, quite frankly, puts them more at risk for injury than women. As long as the program design is smart and well executed, both men and women can benefit from tough workouts.
Stone, on the other hand, says that while men are genetically predisposed to being stronger than women, the primary differences that she sees between male and female clients comes down to training:
The bottom line is if you think about it in terms of an Olympian, yes, if a man trains with the same amount of intensity as a woman, he’s gonna be faster and stronger, it’s that freakin’ testosterone thing! But if a woman trains, she can do as many pushups as a man; it’s just that men tend to lift weights and don’t really do any cardio, and women do a lot of cardio and don’t really do any weights. So we’re at two different ends of the spectrum in our fitness levels. I’m stereotyping, but that’s what I’ve found.
Asked whether women should be aware of potential risks associated with such intense workouts, Stone explains that everyone should, whether male or female: With any intense, high-impact workout, “to not have someone watching your form and making sure that you’re doing it properly is an accident waiting to happen for a lot of people.” She adds that having a base foundation of fitness before starting an intense workout program is essential; even if a program can help clients lose weight and reach their fitness goals, they should always be mindful of the risk for injury.