To some this is a simple question to answer. Men are on average physically stronger than women. Sometimes this is not the case. Although basic sexual dimorphism dictates that males in the human species are larger, it can be flexible. Through weight training and isometric exercise women can gain considerable strength, but not the same amount of muscular hypertrophy as a man. The reason is based in endocrinology. Hormones, specifically testosterone play a significant role in the growth of type II muscle fibers. Estrogen is a hormone that stores mostly fat. Men and women produce both of these hormones, but produce more androgens . This not only enhances the strength of muscle, but the skeletal structure. Before puberty, there is very little difference in male and female strength. Girls actually mature slightly faster physically. Teenage boys will have a late growth spurt in which they develop their secondary sexual characteristics. From that point there is a gap. However, it can not attributed completely to biology alone. Men are encouraged to develop themselves physically, while women are not. Women are presented with the mass media image that thin is beautiful. Men are now encouraged to be muscular as an ideal. Yet, this is slightly changing, because more women are engaging in some form of physical activity. Certainty we can see that a woman who trains vigorously would surpass an average male. A man and woman who engage in the same training would result in the man being stronger. Then also there are exceptions. Mysotatin is a protein encoded by the MSTN gene. This is an important protein, because having a low level of it can enhance one’s ability in increasing muscular hypertrophy. Women with low mysostatin levels will be able to become strong. This shows that biology is not destiny.
Lenda Murray eight time Ms.Olympia is most likely stronger than a lot of men
It should also be noted that there is no difference between muscle fiber of the sexes. One advantage women have is that type I muscle fibers contain more endurance. Genetics also play a role in how much strength an individual can acquire. Women tend to be more flexible than men. Men tend to have a large portion of their strength concentrated in the upper body. Women come closer to men when examining the lower body. When a man and a woman are compared who have the same weight, women are about 80% as strong. The lower body advantage explains why some women could run as fast as men. When examining the records of weightlifting, men surpass women. Olympic records indicate that there is a 10% gap between men and women in all events.
Women have wider pelvises, but that does not stop them from performing well in Track and Field
Testosterone allows men to have larger hearts. The hormone allows for more production of more red blood cells giving men greater aerobic capacity. Women will excel at long distance running and swimming, because they have more fat to metabolize. Women seeing as they have type I muscle fibers are more fatigue resistant. Looking at the biological data suggests that the idea of “weaker sex” is ludicrous. Strength is not male only as women’s sports has demonstrated. The concept is an old fashioned stereotype designed to make it seem as if women are helpless and child-like. Women with enough effort can at least surpass an average man when training.
Here is another example. Most would assume that the man is stronger just because he is male. The woman we see has a muscular body and could be stronger. The man who is thin could not generate enough power to be on her level.
Comparisons between men and women in sports are fascinating. The interesting part is the amount of progress made in such a short period of time. Before Title IX, women were not given the same athletic opportunities as men. This legislation enabled women to participate in sports and develop their bodies to a new level. For most of the 20th century, they were held back and conservative social mores were a barrier. With the barriers removed women could challenge the weaker sex stereotype.
This woman looks like she could be as strong or stronger than the man she is next to
True, the athletic and or muscular woman is rare. Testosterone is produced thirty times more in the male body, which explains the strength advantage. What also needs to be taken into account is the genetic factor. Some women can inherit a mesomorphic body type. Women are not the weaker sex, but different. Saying that men are superior because of their strength is laughable. Women’s type of strength is clearly based on durability. On average women will surpass men in terms of life expectancy. The question still remains have women reached their maximum potential? It seems unlikely that women would over take men in terms of strength, but it is possible they could get close.