Weight lifting for women

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Posted: 30 Jul 2012, 20:07
How does Weight Lifting Benefit Women?

This video was posted by my gym in their facebook feed - Anytime Fitness. Although I haven't noticed an improvement in my balance or coordination (it might be a lost cause there, lol) the other stuff...sure!

I wish I'd gotten the guts to start with free weights sooner. You see more results, and faster, than you do with the machines. And don't worry, we're women. We won't bulk up like the Incredible Hulk. It's next to impossible for ladies to get that kind of definition.

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Posted: 30 Jul 2012, 20:20
I love free weights verses machines. You really feel like you accomplish something. Muscle has memory, so even if you don't do it for a while it comes back quick... good luch

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Posted: 30 Jul 2012, 22:47
Free weights are definitely more efficient with strength building and toning! Ya work all those little stabilizer muscles! Smile
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Posted: 31 Jul 2012, 14:56
I love weights... I never liked my body till i started weight lifting, and that whole bulking up thing requires you to eat more... I hate when I hear girls say they dont want to lift weights because they dont want to bulk up, but if you dont eat more calories, how in the heck are you going to bulk up? Nonsense, bulk comes from eating more, thats all.

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Posted: 31 Jul 2012, 16:02
I've been doing weights with my personal trainer for a couple of months now and notice such a difference already. I started off with more machines than free weights and am now doing more free weights than machines. I am 48 and never exercised consistently until my mid-forties. I've got to say that I am in the best shape of my whole life right now. How cool is that?



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Posted: 31 Jul 2012, 17:58
I've also been doing a lot of strength training with a personal trainer for a little over three months. My initial goal was to lose the 15 lbs I gained after I stopped smoking last October.

The net result has been much different than I expected:
1) I haven't lost any "weight" and for the first time in my life I can say that I really don't care
2) I've lost 4% body fat
3) I've never felt so strong or had so much stamina
4) I've been getting a lot of compliments about how great I look lately (from others AND from myself)

I'm thrilled, and going to keep it up!

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Posted: 31 Jul 2012, 18:19
I just got a BI scale (bio-impedance) so I could compare my initial assessment I got at the gym to now and I'm shocked! I have lost 22 lbs of fat but gained 8 lbs of muscle since I started my weight training (and I just checked the date on my calendar - I started May 15)! No wonder I've gone from a size 8/10 to a 4/6 even though my weight is only down 14 lbs. All I can say is WOW.


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