Post # 1
I really like cardio exercises (I usually do Jillian Michaels). I was wondering how heavy of weights you all use for either JM tapes or cardio exercises.
With JM, I have a hard time with some of the exercises (weak arms!) and only use 5 lb weights. More often I use 8 or 10 lbs.
Post # 3
I think it depends what muscles you are working. I do JM also and use 5 lb weights. There are some moves, like bicep curls I could definitely go heavier on, but I don’t have other weights. However there are other moves like anterior raises where 5 lb absoloutely kills me.
The best is to have a range of weights and work within your comfort level. As you progress you might be able to slowly increase the weights.
Post # 4
If the workout has you doing more reps (10-15), use a lighter weight. If you are only doing a few reps (5-10), bump the weight up. Either way, the last 2 to 3 reps should be hard to do.
Post # 5
@PuntaCanaBride: YES! The anterior raises I have the hardest time with!
Post # 6
I use 5 or 8’s for her videos. And in the gym, I regularly use 25lbs dumbells for everything. Her videos are hard and her moves, IMO, aren’t desgined for heavier weights.
Post # 7
I’ve gotten myself up to 8 lbs for those types of weight exercises.
Post # 8
Use the heaviest you are comfortable with. Women generally dont gain size due to muscle so use what you can whether you think its light of heavy. Its about you. Different muscles respond different so if you have to change weights or reps depending on the exercise, that is OK. Do what you can.
Post # 9
I haven’t given JM vids a try yet, because I totally fail using at-home vids; I’m much better in a class setting. At the gym, I use 20lbs for my arms, and in my cardio classes I use 5lbs (because we are going continuously), but I’m pretty much at the point where I should be at 25lbs at the gym, and 8lbs during my cardio classes.