In this episode, we take on an important but difficult topic: the differences between coaching men and women. In this episode, we cover differences in biology and psychology, and how that impacts what you do in training. From handling bodily shifts and changes and creating appropriate expectations, to understanding the impact of comparison and competition.

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2 Comments

  1. Theo on April 28, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    Have you guys ever actually met a “female”, or did you just watch Mean Girls and think it was a documentary? I thought your podcast was awesome until I got to this episode, but the cringe is just too much to take.

    • stevemagness on April 28, 2022 at 3:48 pm

      Hi, Thanks a lot for the comment. I tried to reply to the email, but it seems to be a fake one. We are two guys talking about our experience in coaching women. I can’t speak for Jon, but I spent 9 years coaching women in the NCAA, and then longer coaching primarily women at the elite level. I try to draw from that experience, but more so what women on my team have taught me about managing a team. For the research, especially for how women compete/interact I pulled heavily from the book Top Dog, which has a section on the differences between men and women in competing.

      Of course, with topics like these, we are painting with a broad brush. But I think it’s important we have these conversations, because for far too long coaching women has been treated like coaching “small men”, please excuse the crude analogy. But it’s true. Yet, when we look at the physiology, and even the psychology, there are important differences that shift how you approach training and group dynamics. That’s not good or bad, it just is. Did we get some things wrong in this podcast? Most likely. But we’re here to have conversations. If you’d like to voice what you have issue with, that would be much more productive than asking if we’ve ever met a female. Thanks

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