Mary tells how she moved to her new coach, Kevin, and how she got him to accept her.
In this podcast (Quicktime, 18.4 MB; Google Video, no download), we cover Mary Reiter's transition to her second male coach, Kevin Kelsey. Kevin was also Nancy's coach for her bodybuilding competition in Flint this past April.
Mary met Kevin as Frank was preparing to move on from the gym where she trained and worked. One morning during her training for a show, Mary came to the gym, only to discover that it had flooded. Frank suggested she go to another gym, Champions. It so happens Kevin owns Champions.
It took Mary some time to convince Kevin to accept her as a trainee. They trained together several times, and it was only after Kevin saw her willingness to train intensely that he agreed to take her on. Mary makes several remarks about feeling the need to gain the respect of the men in the establishment.
- Many female bodybuilders choose male trainers. However males and females respond differently to weight training, in part because women have more slow twitch muscle fibers than men.
- Over time, hormonal differences between men and women affect flexibility and morph as well as the potential for gaining muscle mass. These differences impact the effectiveness of different exercises by sex. They also impact susceptibility to injury.