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I searched on the internet for some women fitness plans for my girlfriend, a but lot of them are to lose weight. But she is slim, and I wanted some training for weight gain, and to strengthen her body.

Do you thing that I should look for some specific plans for the beginner (as she is)? Is it enough to start with any beginner plan for women? Or should I recommend an aerobic plan instead of the gym?

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If she is trying to gain muscle, the most tried and true way is with lifting weights. There are some things that women do need to take into account to set their expectations realistically:

  • Lifting weights doesn't mean you start looking like a man--that's a unique set of bodybuilders, some of whom use steroids, and not what I'm talking about.
  • Women don't progress as quickly as men do. It's a physiological difference in the amount of testosterone--not anything you can do about that.
  • Increasing strength will increase your muscle mass.
  • You do need the support of other women who lift to work through your sticking points.
  • The same plan that works for men can work for women

The community in the link I provided has a decent number of women lifters, and the group is very respectful. Worth checking out.

A good starting program would be Starting Strength, or this newer spin on a beginner program also looks promissing: The Average F'n Program. Despite the name, it has a few good points to it:

  • You have one lower body and one upper body lift each day: squat and overhead press, or deadlift and bench press.
  • It's designed to keep your time in the gym no more than an hour long
  • It's something that you can progress with for a good while.
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thanks for help :) –  Zavael Feb 28 '12 at 13:11
    
Links are broken :( –  에이바 Sep 5 '12 at 13:12
    
I didn't realize it when I added the links, but you have to be a registered member of the IronStrong.org forum to see them. They work, if you are logged in. –  Berin Loritsch Sep 5 '12 at 14:32
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