It doesn’t need any more traffic, but Brett Contreras put out an article today that is causing gender wars (inter and intra) throughout the fitness community. His article contains some cool scientific training differences between ladies and gentlemen, but ultimately that info is drowned out by the large amount of observations made on the female psyche, clothe wearing habits, and other behaviors. Now, it is important to note that Brett was very clear in saying that these are observations made with the women he trained, and might not apply to everyone-a perfect disclaimer that what he is seeing is his opinion. Despite that, he has been lambasted by tons of ladies allover the nets for putting out his observations, sorry dude, gotta be careful on these internetz-people get mad fast.
I even got caught up and made this comment on a particularly hostile thread
Clifton Harski “While some of these are definitely more observational than actual tips, to become an effective coach you must know who or what you are dealing with. Realistically if you are on this thread, or reading Bret Contreras‘s site, then you have already made the decision to become knowledgable in S&C. So while you personally may no longer fit the descriptions in this article, a majority of men and women fit the generalized observations put forth in the article. If you don’t fit the observation, cool-the observations are not put forth as negative or positive, just observed. Obviously as a coach it’s most important to figure out each client’s personal nuances, however understanding broad tendencies can be helpful as well. Ask yourself why you personally were offended? Likely because it may have pointed out things that you are doing-and for some reason you don’t like that. That’s your issue to figure out. Saying that women wear pink is in no way offensive-so why are you offended? Do you wish you were more of a special snowflake? The backlash seems too much to me. These were not attacks. When observations are made and interpreted as attacks, the interpreter has some questions to ask themselves about why they feel the way they do.”
I’m keenly interested in why this article got so many ladies upset, because I work with ladies and I want to make sure that my classes are as supportive and effective as possible. If I can glean some tidbits from Brett’s article and the reactions, I’m stoked.
The BEST response I’ve seen so far has come from a cutie pie I know:
Amy Heidbreder Here are some useless generalizations I’ve made while training and observing men the gym:
1. Some men have large biceps and can maintain them despite doing a surprising amount of cardio. Other men, regardless of how much they train or how many anabolic shakes they shove down their pie hole, do not.
2. The men with small biceps are envious of the ones with large biceps.
3. Men tend to enjoy it when they are referred to by masculine terms such as “beast” “hulk” “super-jacked” and “brick shit house,” but dislike being called feminine adjectives like “curvaceous” and “cute”
4. Most men will increase the weight they put on the bar, often to an unsafe amount, if a woman with large boobs and a small sports bra is reading a magazine on the elliptical close to them.
5. Many men are self-conscious when lifting small weights in the gym and worry that women will make incorrect inferences about the size of their penis, even though there is no scientific evidence linking curl strength to partner’s reported sexual satisfaction.
Aside from that, I’m learning photoshop, and am really impressed with my poster for my new class…