Allright, I made my girlfriend a new training program since she has been doing the last one i made her for over a month now. She is going to be a freshman in college next year and plans on doing either track or cheerleading (hopefully track). she is in very good shape, very low bf level, has a good amount of muscle from formerly being a gymnast, but not too much. anyways, she is very hard headed and does not want to do the program i made her because “it is stupid”. her reasons for not liking the program that she gave me are the following: 1. Some of the exercises are “guy” exercises and she doesn’t see any girls in the gym doing them. and what the hell are you thinking by not putting leg abduction machine on there.
2. this is not enough! i did gymnastics for 4 hours a day every day for 10 years.
3. i need more endurance if i do cheerleading or track so the cardio should be longer than 30 minutes.
now that you know why she doesn’t like the program let me explain my reasoning and see if you T-men and T-vixens agree with me. First of all, i realize that any workout is better than no workout and that when trying to get your gf to workout you should start them out with stuff they like so they stick with it. well, my gf doesn’t mind doing hard stuff, she actually prefers more work, and if it was up to her she would be working out 4 hours a day and end up seriously overtraining. i just need help convincing her against the things i mentioned above. with that being said, here is my reasoniong:
- Regarless of whether you are a guy or a girl, an exercise still does the same thing. By doing squats and deadlifts as opposed to leg presses it is more functional for a sport. most college level female athletes do “guy” exercises (lots of power cleans and snatches for track). If you can do chinups then it is better to do them as opposed to lat pull downs regardless of gender. free weights will also help you more than machines, whether you are a girl or not.
- More is not better. until you start paying attention to important recovery methods and actually have a good diet where you take in more than 700 calories a day from bagels and candy, then anything more than 4 days a week weight training in addition to a couple of hours of cardio will most likely lead to overtraining. this is not gymnastics. in gymnastics you are working on skill a lot and by repeatedly doing movements you learn them so that much time may be necessary to get good at gymnastics. to simply get stronger and stay in excellent shape, 4 hours a day is definately too much. if you want to practice a skill for cheerleading such as tumbling or stunting each day in addition to the workouts that would be fine, but it is different than actually working out in the gym the entire time because it will not take as big of a toll on your body.
- when doing cheerleading competitions that are 90 seconds or doing a track event that only takes a couple of minutes, you are using a totally different energy system. mostly gycolitic, not oxidative (like doing a cardio machine). so how would doing an hour as opposed to 30 minutes not be building enough endurance for those events. what is the benefit of doing an hour on cardio days as opposed to 30 minutes when you don’t even take in enough calories in the first place. all that is going to do is negate some of the effects of the weight training. So what do you think? do you guys/girls agree with my reasoning? also i would like to hear from some of the girls on this board about doing “guy” exercises.