August 15, 2017

Why women should read men’s fitness magazines…

Around 6 months ago, I found myself waiting at the hairdresser’s, this is not unusual but what was slightly unusual is the fact I’d found myself deeply engrossed in a men’s fitness magazine.

A few day’s later, I was then surfing the internet looking for a new workout plan, recently I’ve found myself making limited progress, my routine needed shaking up. Within 20 minutes I had printed out my workout and a basic eating guide, within a week I’d lost 4lbs and was already feeling stronger.

What I found most interesting about this, is the fact I was engaged by a men’s magazine and losing weight whilst vaguely following a plan for men on a sustainable 2,000 calories a day.

I’d like to think that from a female point of view, we should all know by now that 1,200 calories a day is not sustainable or sensible and it won’t help us build ‘lean curves‘. We know that weight lifting won’t make us bulky and we know that we should run because we enjoy the freedom it gives us, not for weight management.

I also think we should consider that perhaps training like a fella could make us look for like a fox.

I quickly grabbed a couple of female fitness magazines and noted down the following articles…

Is fitness ageing you?

Get her abs in 8 moves

Torch fat for good

Sex moves to match his manhood

Boost your brain with shopping

Then, I skimmed over some men’s fitness magazines

Strong and lean

Strength and power

More energy instantly

Double your endurance

31 Money Tips rich guys know

Okay, I’ll admit that I’m picking out key articles on purpose and won’t deny that both versions include, to an extent similar content about sex, life and food etc. What I did notice is that Men’s magazines don’t focus on having a bikini body; I can’t help but feeling that idolising how you’ll look on your one week holiday in the sun is a complete waste of energy.

I want to turn that around, think about how good you could feel in your skin on a day to day basis? Surely the longer term option is more sensible?

I’m not afraid or ashamed to admit that social media has a huge effect on how I view my body and I’ll be the first to admit I wish it didn’t. There was a day (last year) when I stepped on the scale, only to realise I’d gained 8lbs and felt all the familiar feelings of frustration and disappointment. The following day I took a deep breath and posted an Instagram shot of me in short shorts and a crop top. No one single person commented negatively, my partner told me I looked great and healthy, he questioned why I would want to change that.

Men’s magazines don’t appear to focus on being ‘so hot, your body brings all the girls to the yard’. They focus on being stronger, faster and they appear to encourage eating real wholesome food – I can get behind that!

If you’ve ever felt inclined to book a running/cycling race, have you ever felt inclined to follow a male/female training plan? I can’t say I have. Of course, at higher levels there is genetically a pace difference, however, I follow a fair few women who are placing very well in mixed events.

I don’t wish to come across as if I’m taking a man vs women stance, I couldn’t be further from that. But what I am trying to say, is maybe every once in a while we should pick up a men’s fitness magazine or read a blog written by a man. You might come away feeling inspired, amused and encouraged, without an ounce of comparison.

What are your views on this?





11 responses to “Why women should read men’s fitness magazines…”

  1. I’ve been buying Men’s Health for ages – the quantity of training articles often seems to be higher, and they also are workouts that I would prefer to do, much more actual weights and circuits and the food often seems to be a bit more designed for training…more protein fewer leaves! I think I probably buy it more than I do any female-focused ones (by “buy”, I also mean “steal from my boyfriend”) Would never have considered about M/F running plans though, I just tend to use whatever I find. I also LOVE reading the lifestyle articles in men’s magazines, gives you an insight into how they think the world works…

    • Katie G says:

      I’m really glad/interested to read that – I’ve found that several other women feel exactly the same way, I’m not sure why women’s magazines keep getting it so very wrong. I’m sure the women who are writing these articles, can’t actually believe it or feel that it’s what we ‘really’ want to read. I find Men’s more ‘meaty’ for want of a better phrase, I love the fact it’s about becoming more and not less…

  2. I really dislike most female fitness magazines- I’ve got a free subscription to women’s running at the moment and it’s OK but there is so much focus on weight loss, and mummy stuff, and although they once put a larger person on the cover, usually it’s a stick thin “fitness model” – no real life runner here. I recently got into Like the Wind magazine which the tag line is something like – it’s not how to run, it’s why we run- If I want a training plan I can google one- this magazine has loads of stories about adventures and is just much more relaxing to read.

    • Katie G says:

      I’m finding it really interested just how many women feel like that, we are so very sick and tired of reading the same stuff all the time. It’s always about becoming less, I want to see folk of different ages, shapes, and sizes being more and most of all, focusing on being happy. Not just a 19-year-old fitness model in clothing I won’t buy and eating food I won’t enjoy. I need to buy a copy of ‘Like the wind’ as I see/hear so many good things about the publication.

  3. Ugne says:

    I have watched this very interesting video saying that we women need to make sure to train more building out muscles than doing lots of cardio. ( Which is total opposite to what women’s sport magazines target and talk about.

  4. Jasmine says:

    Through Groupon or something I got a year’s subscription to Women’s Health last year – after a few months I started to find the articles really samey and also really destructive to my mental health and self esteem. i went from loving exercise for what it did for me personally to feeling inadequate in my looks and ability compared to the suggested workouts. I also found a lot of the rhetoric really tedious – I dont want to “blitz underarm fat”!. After 6months I stopped opening the magazine and instead used it to line my rabbits cage…!

  5. Jen says:

    Wow, I love this post Katie. It’s a real eye opener and something I hadn’t ever really considered until now, I’ve always struggled reading Women’s magazines in general as I find there’s so much BS in them and I always take ‘advice’ with a pinch of slat. But I love the idea of reading other mags/ articles that are for a different audience, I bet there’s lots of helpful and motivating Inso we can take away from them. I’m off to go and get myself a copy of a Men’s health mag and see how I get on!

    Great post Katie x

  6. Nieta says:

    YEESSSSSS!!!!!! So glad I found this article to confirm my thoughts. I oftenrefer to mens magazines, sites, and plans as guides. Many women oriented fitness based products are so focused on “being perfect” for someone else and the workout plans are so blah. Great read!

  7. Maie says:

    I have been gradually inclined to do/ buy more “men”-focused things other than women’s for the sole reason of trying and comparing the two and finding the male version of most things like magazines, workouts, (clothes sometimes) and hygiene products such as razors and shaving creams and sometimes facial cleansers WAY more effective and efficient than those of ladies’. I think this is also relevant to the pink tag/ label thing that was discussed a few years ago about ladies’ products in general being more expensive that those of mens’ for the simply reason of them being female-oriented.
    So so happy I came across this article and this blog. x

    • Katie G says:

      Hi Maie,
      Thanks for such a lovely comment, I’m now using mens razor’s too, It’s crazy how much better they are than women’s razors. Sometimes I think it’s all a good con to make us feel bad and spend more money, I’m so pleased more of us are turning away from that. xx

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