Women tend to be more physically flexible than men in the hip region because women have a shallower pelvis than men. This difference allows women to have a greater range of motion in the hip joints. The differences in flexibility become even greater when a woman is pregnant and as childbirth nears.
It's because they have laxer connective tissue in tendons and ligaments. The main reason of this peculiarity is to make delivery easier making the pelvis more extensible so that the baby can pass through it more easily. This effect is caused by oe...
In general, women are typically more naturally flexible than men, part of this is because of the makeup of their connective tissue. Now this is a generalization, but work with us. Women typically focus on activities that require more flexibility, such as yoga, dancing, pilates, etc. Genetics. Some people are just more flexible than others!
As an aside, I've studied martial arts for many years and it is very obvious the difference in joint flexibility between women and men. Some men are very flexible (sometimes even more than women), but they are uncommon. I don't think many people with experience in other contact sports would disagree.
This leads to less flexibility in men and more in women, as a general tendency, and is self-reinforcing. Just think about the scorn common in pop culture for men taking yoga, ballet, or acrobatics classes: they’re encouraged to box, to run, to lift weights, to play whole-body sports. Supremely flexible men exist. Quite inflexible women exist.
The takeaway from both articles—whether true or not—is nothing startling: Men are naturally less flexible than women, although even researchers “can’t specifically link it to differences in hormones, musculature, or connective tissue.” Men are more likely than women to sustain major injuries from yoga.
Men are more likely than women to sustain major injuries from yoga (women sustain more injuries overall, but less serious ones). Men are driven by competitive challenge and thus overdo to prove themselves (or they avoid yoga altogether). Men regard yoga studios as a female domain, foreign and discomfiting.
While men and women vary greatly in size and shape, women tend to have better muscle endurance than men. According to a 2010 study published in Exercise and Sports Science Reviews, women generally take longer to fatigue. The differences aren't monumental, but they may explain why men and women gravitate towards different types of exercise.
Athletic differences between men and women have much to do with innate characteristics determined by genetics and hormones. These include height, weight, muscle mass, body fat and aerobic capacity. As a group, women do not run, jump or swim as fast as men. Women are also more prone to certain types of athletic injuries than men.
Some other training differences between men and women include: Recovery: Women recover more quickly than men after a bout of exercise.. Fast and slow-twitch muscle fibers: When men gain strength and size, their bodies often develop more fast-twitch muscle fibers than slow-twitch muscle fibers.When women gain strength and size, their bodies develop fast and slow-twitch muscle fibers almost equally.