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Women's Impression of Men's Fitness

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Physical Differences Between Men & Women

What do women in a gym notice when men exercise? Rippling muscles? A broad chest? A little hair on the chest? Muscle bound arms? Tight little butts? Maybe, that little smile that comes your way? Most women aren't looking for those super muscle builder models, just a man that is physically fit with a nice smile.

What we might notice but don't like is a man talking to us while staring at our chest. I mean the eyes are above the throat please. Or, a man intently watching you exercise if you are a little self conscious about how you fill out those exercise tights. Men, be smart and peek on the sly.

There are some differences between men and women which affects their ability to do some exercises. First, men are about 10-15% bigger than women and 30% stronger, especially in the upper body. I imagine that's why a man's muscular arms feel so good to the touch! Women have fewer slow twitch muscle fibers which are the ones that work best for endurance activities, so men have that advantage as well.

Women do have a higher percentage of body fat and Northwestern University indicates in one of their studies women can supply fuel to their muscles for longer duration, so they are able to break some world time record times.

But, back to the men. Men tend to approach a broad subject area by focusing on one area at a time, while women tend to multitask. This might give men the edge when exercising also. Then, when I think of suddenly being put in a dangerous situation and need police help, I'm sorry but give me a big bruiser over a 95 pound woman every time. I know that's a double standard but survival is a strong instinct.

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Use Exercise Time Wisely

Most women would be impressed by a man that is doing high-intensity interval exercise as their cardiovascular training. That means they would be alternating between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intensive activity or even rest periods. You can achieve more progress in 15 minutes of intense exercise done 3 times weekly.

Most intelligent men want to use their time effectively. Ultimately they'll live longer, too, because intervals elevate the good cholesterol and lower the bad which will keep the blood in those arteries flowing.This activity is much more impressive than the young man exercising who jumps up and does a chest bump with his best buddy.

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More Than Interval Training

When doing interval training you can quickly use up your body fuel which is fat, then as the body searches for more fuel you lose the ability to flush metabolic by-products from the muscles and that is when you will feel the sore muscle pain from lactic acid build-up, sometimes called the "burn". If you are still exercising at this point it is a good time to stop as your muscles can't contract forcefully and your body needs rest.

That is why the interval exercise is designed to have periods of rest or exercise that is very slowed down in between the intervals. The body will use oxygen more efficiently and blood supply to the muscles will increase. The good news is this will lead to the post cardiac workout calorie burning that we all want.

Exercise - Men Running


Other Ways to Get a Cardio Workout

A vigorous game of tennis or handball can give you a good cardio aerobic workout. Of course, there are numerous types of aerobic equipment available, such as treadmills, bikes, elliptical trainers, stairmasters, and so on. They all work if you commit the time consistently. Team sports always involve a degree of standing around so you don't typically get that consistent heart rate up for the required amount of time.

Many men like to do weightlifting which is important to increase strength and build muscles. Again, there are machines designed for specific muscles and free weights. If you follow safe practices, progress at a steady rate then you should be able to achieve your goals.

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To Conclude

All exercise must begin with that thought in your brain aware that, I have a goal and I am willing to do what it takes to achieve that goal. If you are not exercising now, no matter what age you are, decide what type of exercise would suit you and get started.

Don't worry about what the woman thinks, they're going to check you out sometime no matter what age you are! Have fun!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 05, 2011:

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debbie, I couldn't agree with you more! Thanks for your comments.

Debbie Roberts from Greece on November 05, 2011:

Hi,I was browsing through your hubs and this one caught my eye, I realize it was written a long time ago. I found it a well written informative hub. There is nothing so good as appreciating a nicely toned fit chappie, when ever we are lucky enough to see one.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 22, 2011:

I enjoyed reading your comments about my hub, but I wrote it so long ago I had to re-read it to remember all I had written. I think it is typical to look at other people some of the time, it is just nice to not stare. The women who are more uncomfortable are often women who are overweight and trying to take off that baby fat, etc. I think if a woman wears skin tight outfits with a lower neckline, she wants you to look. The whole gender thing can be a bit confusing anytime. Thanks so much for all your comments.

days leaper from england on May 21, 2011:

Thanks for letting us men into what women want, think etc. I found your hub very informative, And rated UP, Useful.

Also, in return I would like to share what may be a rare circumstance. But shows that it is best to not assume anything, nor always necessary to worry about it -in every case.

Esp. with looking. Your spot on. I have an annoying, sometimes unconscious compulsion to look where I shouldn't. (Very distracting from the workout I'm supposed to be doing) I seem to think I'm still watching TV or something and the other person won't mind as they won't know. But of course they invariably do. Oddly though, it doesn't somehow seem to be the pursuit of more -though I don't think this would be refused were things possible- the thing is due to illness, I know it's not. So the gorping -though trying not to- seems to be a replacement rather than an advance, or offer of more etc. In fact it seems more likely to happen with women that would be a bad match for me. (another sub-conscious: Safety mechanism)

Finally, though please don't take as a dig. Women's constant urge/desire to be seen as beautiful, and the work many put into it does not help this man's urge to look. For example, cosmetics such as hair dye etc. confuses a person as to a gage of their age. I won't go on here, but it may be worth turning up in rags without make-up for those who don't like to be stared at. Besides anything else is like a facard anyway, and how can she tell he likes the real her?

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 09, 2010:

Stars, Thanks for your comment and yes I like that photo also.

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on November 09, 2010:

Wonderful hub. Really got a kick out of the firemen photo. GBY

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 29, 2010:

Mentalist Acer, This hub was fun to write and I appreciate you comments.

Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on July 29, 2010:

Women I think handle a little body fat a million times better than men so there you go...enjoyed the femenin treatis on the differences of male and female properties;)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 26, 2010:

James, Thanks for your comment and I think there me a few other men that agree with you, LOL!

James A Watkins from Chicago on March 26, 2010:

Well done! I enjoyed your fine article, Pamela. I also think I want to be a fireman when I grow up. :D

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 26, 2010:

Thanks Carolina. I always appreciate your comments.

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on March 26, 2010:

I don't know how I missed this hub when it went up...

I enjoyed your perspective on this immensely.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 25, 2010:

Darlene, yes, he is a hunk and I couldn't resist having a bit of fun by posting his picture. Thanks for your comment.

Darlene Sabella from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ... on March 25, 2010:

Great hub, where did you say that fireman lives, or maybe you can just pass his phone number. Great hub, enjoyed it, thanks

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 24, 2010:

Janny, I think the hunky men put in over the top! ha-ha Thanks for your comment.

JannyC on March 24, 2010:

Yup your score is an 86. Horrary for hunky men. All kidding aside it was good hub too.

rprcarz50 on March 23, 2010:

Great Hub Pamela99! Thank you for putting all this great stuff together.


As Always Also a2z50

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2010:

Janny, Well, the hunky men made the hub more interesting. Thanks for your comment.

JannyC on March 22, 2010:

Sorry Pamela my mind went south once I saw the hunky men what was this hub about again? LOL

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2010:

RedElf, Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

RedElf from Canada on March 22, 2010:

Just bookmarked this one! Nicely done and full of great info.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2010:

Jack, Thanks for your comment. I listed your hub above in the first group.

TnFlash from Tampa, Florida on March 22, 2010:

Pam, You are becoming a regular exercise guru. Great Hub! I felt you covered the subject well for both sexes.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2010:

Mdlawyer, Gamon & Quill, Thanks you all so much for your comments.

"Quill" on March 22, 2010:

All of us, male or female need to look at ourselves and question are we appealing to ourselves. Great hub and one which I love the humour in...smiles.

Keeping fit is important to good health and that is the benefit I seek is good health.


Guillermo Ramon from Miami on March 22, 2010:

Actually, Pamela, I am hapily married. But I do enjoy the attention I get from women, whenever I get it. I am talking attention only, not any further.

I did get the humor, and enjoyed the hub. Some times, I do come across as very serious. You are right about a girl that just looks at people by the looks as superficial. But the same can be said about a guy. I met my wife in a party. There were quite a few beautiful girls. But my wife had the most interesting conversation and debated me in politics to exhaustion. That was what made me think she was the perfect woman for me. 23 years later, I continue thinking the same.

mdlawyer on March 22, 2010:

Excellent hub on fitness presented in the lighter vein. Kudos Pamela99!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2010:

Gramon1, Thank you for giving me the scoop at least for Miami. I really tried to have some humor with this article. Sure women look and they probably do look at body builders, but I personally don't find it tremendously attractive if they are too muscle bound. Plus, if we bring relationships into the whole thing, I am more interested in intelligence and good conversation now that I am a little older. I am glad you lost the weight and are in good health as you will live a longer life. I think it is sad for a woman or man to judge someone by their size and pull away. I don't think this would be the girl you would want long term anyway and that sounds very superficial. It does sound like you might enjoy a little attention from the girls now however. Have a happy life!

BPOP, Glad that I could entertain you this morning.

breakfastpop on March 22, 2010:

Important hub that also put a smile on my face. Double the pleasure, thanks!

Guillermo Ramon from Miami on March 22, 2010:

As a young guy, I was perfectly fit. my sports were karate, tennis, racketball, and car racing. I was skinny, but muscular. At that time, when I looked at a girl, she either smiled back, or looked down shyly. I never expected any girl not to like my body. My main complaint about girls was that rather than talking, they would stare at me with languid eyes.

Of course, we not only grow up, but get out of shape and loose our youthful beauty. In fact, the better looking we are, the more to loose we have in the looks department. So, as I struggled in life, I stopped exercising and got fat. Well, I don't look well fat at all, but for years, my looks were not important any more. My responsibilities took over, above every thing else. Eventually, at 49, the doctor told me that if I didn't loose weight, I could drop dead while walking. My health had deteriorated to a very sorry state.

I dieted and exercised. In 6 months, I was thin. In a couple of years, I looked at least 10 years younger.

As you said, women check out men. Of course, men check out women. Checking women out, we do get caught once in a while. The response when I was fat was unanimous. If a woman, beautiful or not, young or old cought me looking at her, she would give me a disgusting face and turn her head to the side. If I put my arm on a woman's shoulder, she would discretely move a liitle farther. Now, when I get caught looking at a woman, young, old, beautiful, or ugly, they smile, look down shily, and many times start flirting. Often, they rub my arm and shoulder as they talk with me. I don't have body builder's arms, but they are very firm from my karate excersizes. But their response is so different from when I was fat.

My friend is a tall black body builder. Women women always rub his arms as they talk to him. If he just glances at them, they start flirting right away.

In conclusion, women don't even like to be looked at by middle aged fat men, they love well treammed guys, even if the guys are middle aged men, but they really go gaga over toll body builders!

Well, at least, this is how things are here in Miami.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2010:

Hello, Thanks for your comment. We all need a little humor in life, hence the pictures!

Hello, hello, from London, UK on March 22, 2010:

Well written hub. The pictures are too much first thing in the morning hahaha

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2010:

Ladybird, Sheila and Nancy, Thanks for your comments. I wanted there to be a bit of humor in this one along with solid exercise information.

nancy_30 from Georgia on March 21, 2010:

This was a great hub. I loved how you put humor into it.

sheila b. on March 21, 2010:

Men my age don't look like your photos, but I still appreciate a fit man.

Ladybird33 from Fabulous USA on March 21, 2010:

Pamela, great hub, very true and impressive. I work out and I agree with all that you say. Very good read. I hope you are doing well!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 21, 2010:

Sandy, Thank you for your comment.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on March 21, 2010:

Very nice impression on fitness.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 21, 2010:

Tom & Patriot, Thanks for your comments. Sometimes when we retire we lose routines and it sounds like you've done well to establish this one. I know you probably feel better because of following the exercise. Good for you.

Tom Whitworth from Moundsville, WV on March 21, 2010:


The exercise routine I get but I don't want the checking out routine I'm hideous.

partisan patriot on March 21, 2010:


Another good hub on fitness. Since I retired March 1, 2007 I have approached my workout as my new job. It is the one structured activity in my life and if I miss it I feel guilty as hell!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 21, 2010:

Tantrum, Thank you for your comment. The type of workers were all for fun.

tantrum from Tropic of Capricorn on March 21, 2010:

LOL! Enjoying this hub ! But I don't do any kind of work out .Hate it, really ! I keep my figure by walking, which I love to do !

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 21, 2010:

Hubby, The most important thing is you have a plan and a program that you are following. Thank your for your comment.

hubby7 from Chicago on March 21, 2010:

Nice hub. Although I am a man, I tend to be more like women in multitasking as opposed to focusing on a single area of my body that I want to build up. I look for efficiency and generality instead of particularity and mult-exercises. It saves me time and it kills two birds at one time. Again, nice hub.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 21, 2010:

Miata, You are fast. It just went up. I wanted a little humor in this one and I like the pictures too. Thanks for your comment.

prettydarkhorse from US on March 21, 2010:

vey nice hub about impression of women into mens, smile, but well, -- hmm that muscle too hehe.

Love your images hehe, thanks for the smile Pam, I am the first one to rad this, HOORAY!

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