The Sexist Circuit


As if there weren’t enough examples, here’s yet another way that men and women differ: how each sex reacts to circuit training. Researchers at Southeastern Louisiana University reported in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that in comparison to women, men responded to circuit-style weight workouts with significantly higher cardiovascular efficiency, better systolic blood pressure and an increased respiratory exchange ratio. In other words, a man’s body uses oxygen better, his heart grows stronger and his body burns fat better when doing circuits. This doesn’t mean that women shouldn’t use circuit training too — while men may get just a little more out of it, it has ample benefits for both sexes.