If a woman trains with weight that meets her thresholds, she will gain strength at the same rate as a man who trains at the same level of intensity, relative to his threshold. This proves that there is, in fact, a difference in strength, that men are typically stronger, and that most of the difference is based on body size and muscle cross-sectional area alone. He holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas, as well as a Master of Education in health and human performance from University of Houston. While men have more muscle, women tend to have 6 to 11 percent more body fat than men, notes a paper in Science Daily. It can be seen, however, that women tend to match the strength of men more closely in lower body muscles than in upper body muscles.
Man and women leaning against each other in gym.
Amount of Muscle Mass in Men Versus Women
For examples, squats and lunges come easier to women than pushups or pullups. It is widely known that, on average, men are stronger than women. The greater gender difference in upper body strength can probably be attributed to the fact that women tend to have a lower proportion of their lean tissue distributed in the upper body. A big part of the difference is based on the amount of muscle each gender has in their bodies. According to the National Strength and Conditioning Association, women generally produce about two-thirds the amount of total strength and applied force that men produce. How much body fat you have in relation to lean muscle mass depends on the shape you're in; but if you boil it down to essential fat, men need a minimum of about 3 percent and women about 12 percent. The men were also stronger relative to lean body mass.