Who here does weight training as their workout?

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NYNessie

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 19:49
I have been working out at a gym for 7 months now, basically cardio classes. Just last month I have switched to mainly weight lifting to build muscle, up my metabolism (muscle burns more fat) and to get stronger as I approach my 50's. I use FatSecret every day to journal my cal intake making sure I am hitting my protein requirements, and doing my best to take in less carbs. Not all carbs as we need carbs for energy. I have definetly seen an improvement and change in my body, mainly in inches. Anyway, Just wondering if anyone else here does weight training as their exercise?
barbabella

Joined: May 12
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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 19:54
I do! I lift three times a week, and the rest of my exercise is functional, like yard work or farm work. What program are you on?
No boxing no life.
seafood_eate...

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 19:54
Yipee, weight training is the key to being thin and healthy. Forget the scale, measure the inches. Congratulations!
evelyn64

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 21:10
I've been working with a personal trainer for about 3 months now. I started off with 2 one hour sessions with him per week and 1 weight training session by myself per week plus cardio on other days. After about a month, my solo weight training sessions got bumped up to 2 sessions per week in addition to the 2 with my trainer.

I got out of a 6 month long plateau and have lost over 20 lbs of fat and gained over 10 lbs of muscle since I started the training. I definitely recommend weight training for anyone who wants to lose weight.

IT NEVER GETS EASIER - YOU JUST GET BETTER.



NYNessie

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 21:23
So glad to see others here that are finding the love of weight lifting. I just wish I found it earlier, but it is never too late to build muscle and be strong. Barbella ( l love the name!) I started with a routine that my husband brought home from the Fire dept he works at. I am now following the New Rules of Lifting for Women. I am on week 3 and am loving it. I worked out yesterday and today is my day off. Tomorrow I cant make it to the gym so I will do the workout from home and will have to modify a bit. It calls for lat pulldowns and i dont have that at home...so will do an overhead pullover to work the lats.
Evelyn, congrats on the weight loss and muscle growth! How encouraging! and Seafood, I just took my measurements today! I got tired of not seeing the scale move...ofcourse muscle weighs more but it is discouraging to step on scale and see nothing changing. But my clothes fit better for sure! Nice to meet all of you!
Hey is there a weight lifting group/board here?
Nimm

Joined: Dec 10
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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 21:38
Not starting to lift sooner in life is one of my biggest regrets.

It's fun, and it feels great. Your mileage may vary, of course.
Susana1230

Joined: Aug 12
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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 21:52
Thanks for all your info, interestingly I'm finding myself moving towards weight lifting, slowly starting to do some short weight routines. Need to slowly work up to it, but I'm excited!
barbabella

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 22:48
NYnessie, glad to hear you enjoy NROLFW! I bought the book a while ago, but infortunately I didn't like the program. I practice olympic lifts, and my bible is "olympic Weightlifting" from Greg Everett lol!
No boxing no life.
JessWhatINee...

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Posted: 14 Aug 2012, 10:33
I like weight lifting too. Just really began with the free weights in May. I've kinda of plateaued there as well in terms of what I am capable of doing.
Miss...

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Posted: 14 Aug 2012, 10:50
When I moved into my new apartment, the previous tenant had left a weight bench, barbell, and weights. The weight bench was held together with duct tape and looked really scary, so I threw it away... but I kept the weights and barbell and have tried to incorporate them into my weekly exercise. It's really hard though, and I don't know what I'm doing, so I usually keep it light.
Miss_Red

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Posted: 14 Aug 2012, 15:06
I'm a firm believer in weight (or resistance) training, but I still see my best results from circuit-type training. The best program I've ever tried (and I was a trainer for a number of years before retirement) is Curves. Their machines measure how hard you're working for the whole 30 minute circuit, so you literally can't cheat. It's also better than a gym, in my humble opinion, because it's ladies only. Self-consciousness gone the first day! No, I don't work for them, just sharing my experience.
seafood_eate...

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Posted: 17 Aug 2012, 07:20
Remember with the weights for each exercise to use the heaviest weight you can control. Get as many days rest between routines as you need for your muscles to recover. Each new day lifting MUST allow you to lift more weight or more reps, if not something is wrong. You will need to change the exercises every couple of months because your body will adapt and your benefit will diminish. Ask somebody for guidance at the gym if necessary. It is also very effective to do 20-30 minutes of medium intensity cardio after lifting because your energy stores are depleted and you are in prime fat-burning mode. Then eat some protein to feed those muscles. A can of tuna is a great snack if you like it, otherwise find something you like better.



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