(Closed) Any heavy lifters?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m a total lifting convert! I use to think anything other than 5lb weights were bad for women. I’m about finished with week 4 of stage 1 of NROLFW and I’ve already gotten stronger. I started week 1 doing squats just holding a set of 5lb dumbbells and barely getting through the workout and today I actually squatted the 45lb bar for 3 sets (I know it’s not heavy to pretty much anyone else but me…but I was seriously unable to even pick up the thing 4 weeks ago!). Progress! I can’t wait to get even stronger now.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I don’t currently lift but I’m really interested in NROLW so I’ll be keeping an eye on this thread.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m working on heavy lifting! Nothing too impressive yet, but I have started to bench press with some weight on the bar…so i think I’m bench pressing 60lbs? I love how strong I feel doing it, feels like I can accomplish anything!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

Not heavy but the majority of my exercise routine is lifting with my trainer. It’s amazing how much progess I’ve made physically in such a short time lifting when I used to kill myself doing cardio with no results.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I did the whole new rules for women program. I felt great and being able to do 35 pushups was awesome. I know I did my body a real favor and I know health should be the upmost motivation. However I’m not going to lie, I won’t do it again until I can Lise those last 15 lbs I’ve got to lose. Women wear muscles under fat from what I understand so if you have some fat you won’t necessarily see the muscles. I always hated my “fat” arms as it is and thus made them bigger. I literally had to cut my sleeves at work! I brought a shirt to the gym (no time to run home) and it was so tight in the arms it bruised me. I freaked out, cut them, and wore my jacket the rest of the day. My pants were tight in the thighs also (which was cool because it balanced me out better and made my waist seem tiny).

I will say though, my back looked incredible in my wedding pics. It’s amazing. I dare say sexy…and I never use that word to describe myself. My collarbone and upper forearm was awesome too. Major changes there. My only wine was the biceps. Some pics where I was using the muscle looked good. Ones at ease…well I just cringe looking at my big aaa arms 🙁

Overall though, it’s great

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yes!!  So glad you started this thread.  I love lifting heavy and have been doing it for about 3 years now.  I started with New Rules of Lifting for Women.  Then I did Female Body Breakthrough.  Then NROLFW again and now FBB again…haha.  I would like to get the Starting Strength book and do that next.

My results have been great.  My body has a totally different shape to it and I have lost sizes and inches.  I have lost about 10-15 lbs with on and off “dieting” along with the weights.  But to be honest, I usually eat right around maintenance level.  Actually over the past few months I have put on a few pounds from eating too much, even though I have been working out as usual.  What that tells me is that for myself, at least, diet is #1 for weight loss and I can’t expect any program to work a miracle!  Haha.

@lfranke:  I don’t mean to offend at all and I hope you see that I found myself in a similar situation because of diet.  But it’s pretty difficult to get bigger without eating an excess of calories.  For true beginners, it is possible though so maybe that’s what you experienced.  But in general, if you keep a calorie deficit you can actulally lose fat on a lifting program.

But I know firsthand, that is easier said than done!  I find that with lifting, my appetite is higher and it takes a lot of discipline to stick to a deficit for me.

My favorite thing of all though is how strong I am.  I can carry tons of groceries, move furniture around by myself, and I know I can lift my dog in an emergency.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Well I lost 2 dress sizes but my arms and thighs were certainly bigger (I was dieting for sure) then again my family is freakisly able to gain muscle. My dad has these insane calf muscles, but he doesn’t workout or even walk at all. And a part of it was probably mental. I just hate my arms, always have. Perhaps I lost weight in my stomach but not everywhere else, and the lifting certainly didn’t shrink them any :). Oh I forgot to mention I do recall seeing my behind in the mirror and being amazed at that transformation too.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I just started the Jamie Eason Live Fit program which includes heavy lifting and a clean meal plan. Loving it so far!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m following the Jennifer Rankin Muscle Building circuit right now. I just finished Insanity, and although there is no lifting in it, I am SO much stronger! I am using much heavier weights now than I was before Insanity, and plan on upping my weight continuously.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@lfranke:  yes, its true, if you have excess weight it will cover your muscles and you will look bigger without looking toned or muscular but it looks great when you drop the weight and the muscles and definition are already there.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I lift pretty heavy, but still keep it high reps.  My routine is made by my trainer.  I do Back/bis; chest/tris; legs; shoulders; and a additional back/shoudlers day (my problem area).  So I lift about 4-5 day sa week depending on if I keep legs on their own day.  

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m just about finished with Stage 1 of New Rules of Lifting for Women and I love it so far.  Lifting heavy weights makes me feel pretty awesome and I love seeing the changes in my body, even after just a few weeks.  The book was even enjoyable and interesting to read, which was not something I was expecting out of a weightlifting book!

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