These days, I’m looking for evidence. This evidence is collected from good quality data with ample population size, minimal bias, and reproducibility. The more I dive into my workouts, the more I want to know! I sometimes wish I majored in nutrition and sports science in college! More recently, I’ve been looking into workouts that give the best bang for the buck = shortest amount of time. I personally do NOT like spending an hour at the gym. I haven’t done that since residency almost 10 years ago. These days (and especially with COVID), I’m appreciating home workouts that are 30 minutes or less — but they must have maximum benefit. Additionally, the more I looked into science-based workouts… the more I found workouts catered toward men. This didn’t initially come to light until I read In The Flo where a big fundamental difference between men and women come down to hormones. This got me thinking…
Where can I find science-based workouts geared toward women that are effective?
Unfortunately, the LP is not the best time to be overeating. Progesterone independently promotes fat storage via its effects on lipoprotein lipase in fat tissue, and it decreases fatty acid concentrations in the blood, which can increase cravings for fatty foods. There’s also some (conflicting) evidence that insulin sensitivity may be slightly lower during the LP.
I’m currently on Week 8 of PWR at home by Kelsey Wells of BBG Sweat app. It’s a resistance/strength training program that’s 12 weeks long. I started it as soon as I got the thumbs up from the OB to workout again post-partum. I started with PWR at home beginner then moved my way to the PWR at Home 1.0. It’s a great workout to be able to do at home while the kids nap. The program is divided into chest/triceps, arms and abs, legs, back and shoulders. Basically, the goal is to do 5 resistance workouts/week with 3 LISS workouts and 1 HIIT. Well, in a busy world, it’s tough to fit in 5x/wk workouts.
So, it got me thinking and researching: What are the best evidence-based workouts out there?
Being a science-driven person (thank you med school!), I dug into the science looking for journal articles and browsing the thoughts of experts in the field. Here is what I found….
PWR at Home from BBG/Sweat is a Bro-Split program: Training each muscle at least 2x/week results in significantly greater muscle growth than training each muscle just once per week as you do in a bro-split. The main drawback of the bro split: it focuses on one muscle group on each day of the week. Training muscles more than once a week can cause significantly greater hypertrophy.
Fierce from BBG/Sweat appears to be a fullbody workout 3x/wk.
Just know that workout volume and consistency are the most important factors, so focus on those two variables and you will see positive results regardless of the split you use.
2 sets, 8-15 reps, want to go to failure. Little rest as possible bt sets and exercises.
Dumbbell Lateral Raise
Barbell Bench Press
The more I started reading about strength training, the more I came across articles and blogs about CALISTHENICS. I’m still a bit confused as to what it is, but it seems like the gist of it is to use your own bodyweight and for full body exercises that can be done anywhere.
High to Low Chest Cable Flies: 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps
Dumbbell frog pump- 2 sets, 30 reps, 8 RPE
Sledgehammer Swings x 30-60 seconds each side/Oak Tree Stepouts x 30-60 seconds each side
Banded Pulldowns x 30-60 seconds
Plank Punchouts x 30-60 seconds/Plank Pushaways x 30-60 seconds
Kris Home Workout Full Body C (with abs and glutes)
TransparentLabs.com: The Best Science-Based Workout Routine For BeginnersWorkout Instructions: Perform 12-15 reps Use weights that create fatigue, but not to create failure, (if you can’t complete 12-15 reps, reduce your weight). Complete one set of each exercise, moving from the first to the second, to the third, etc. Transition to the next exercise without a break