This week we’re spending some time concentrating on some excellent posts about best practices for training and nutrition for the ladies amongst us.

We’re starting off this week with something slightly different – we’re sharing three blog posts from the same website, rather than our standard single post per entry. Why? Because while researching for this post I came across loads of wonderful content from the Poliquin Group, and these three articles in particular contain a load of great information specifically for women.

I don’t want to sit on these articles for some later date when it’ll help you help your female clients get better now! They only take a few minutes each to read, so get on it.

1. Six Tips for Training Women

2. Five Facts Women Must Know To Lose Fat, build Muscle, and Improve Performance

3. How Exercise Affects Women’s Metabolism Differently From Men’s

Lyle McDonald discusses the titled paper in this short (for him!) research review on how different parts of the menstrual cycle may affect women when it comes to fat loss or gain, training and nutrition and how best to deal with the hormonal changes throughout the month. Written back in 2009 and still very much worth the ten minutes or so it takes to read.

You can find the article here.

This is an excellent discussion from Stephanie Greunke for Robb Wolf’s site surrounding a number of considerations you should make and things you should look out for when working with female athletes, especially those exhibiting certain symptoms.

You can find the article here.

Tony Gentilcore shares his thoughts on a few women who you shouldn’t be listening to when it comes to your health and fitness before sharing some ladies and sites you would do well to read, listen to and learn from if you are, or you’re working with, the fairer sex.

You can find the article and list of sites here.

If, after all this reading, you’re still stuck on where to start out, then JC Deen has a 4-week Women’s Muscle Building Program that you can download for free. It’s a short 6 page pdf document with a solid three day full body program, with a different body area emphasis in each workout. Lots of heavy lifting and supersets included!

You can find JC’s program here.