Kieser Training for women
When the "weaker" sex flex their muscles
More than 50% of our customers are female. Women train in the same way as men because they have the same muscle structure. It’s just muscle mass that’s less. Strength training improves posture, tones the figure and reduces potential fat pads.
Admittedly, strength training does not influence where fat is lost as that is determined by genetic factors. Some women worry that they might develop too much muscle but this concern is unwarranted as women rarely produce excessive muscle growth. What is more you can stop the build-up process at any time by “freezing” the training weight and so your figure is what you want it to be.
Firm not flabby
In fact, women who do strength training often achieve rapid and spectacular improvements to their figure. This may be because untrained muscles look like “fat” even though they are not. They are simply flabby as their tone, i.e. their tension at rest is too low. When trained against a resistance, a muscle increases its volume. This increase is associated with an increase in water content, which in turn increases osmotic pressure in the muscle cells and so tissue becomes firmer. In terms of physics, it is the same process by which a plant lacking water straightens itself as soon as it is watered. This effect is particularly clear with the body’s largest muscle group, i.e. the gluteals. However, training also has a positive effect on the breast because it strengthens the pectoral muscles. The breast itself is not muscle but is made up of glands liberally surrounded with fat. However, the process of developing the underlying muscles does raise the breast.
Our external appearance – whether we are male or female – is largely determined by the condition of our muscles. Everything is restored to its rightful place.
Pregnancy is not a reason to stop training but it is a reason to delay the start of Kieser Training. If you have trained regularly before the pregnancy and the pregnancy is proceeding normally, then you can and should continue training because strong muscles are particularly important during pregnancy and afterwards in the postnatal phase.
If complications develop during pregnancy, e.g. high blood pressure or bleeding, training must be suspended. The guiding principle is always to follow the advice of your gynaecologist.
Training can be resumed six weeks after a natural birth. Following a Caesarean section, it is recommended that training is not resumed until after eight weeks.
"Too much muscle"
The benefits of strength training for women as described above are now well known. Despite that, some women fear that strength training will make them look more masculine, i.e. they will build up muscle mass that is unattractive, at least in women. These fears are groundless. As soon as you achieve your ideal appearance (from your personal perspective), you simple “freeze” the weight!
After that, you should continue to train regularly but you do not increase the weight or the number of repetitions. In this way, you literally stay in shape for the rest of your life.