(Closed) What weights should I buy?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I saw a set at Target the other day that had 3, 5 and 8. I thought that was pretty good. I have 3’s, 5’s, 8’s and 10’s, and that seems to be working well for me. They’re perfect for my Supreme 90 program I’m doing. I wouldn’t worry too much about bulking, weight training is so important for women and it’s very difficult to gain bulk unless you’re supplementing and lifting extremely heavy weights.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I wouldn’t waste money on any weight under 10 lbs. You shouldn’t be using the same weights for every exercise either. For example; the weight you use for biceps curls is going to be more than what you use for front or lateral raises for your shoulders.

I agree with the previous poster about not worrying about bulking up. As an aside, you CAN lift heavy weights and will not bulk up. Lifting heavier weights can completely transform your body in a very good way.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@speechie – agreed – women shouldn’t fear heavy weights, if anything it’s key for toning and getting ripped/lean (not bulky)! I was saying if she is supplementing a la female body builders, that’s the only way I could see her bulking up – excessive supplements AND heavy weights.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree.  Think about it – I’m sure your handbag weighs more than 3 pounds or even 6 pounds.  You always want the exercise to be challenging.  You definitely won’t bulk up by accident.  Try to find a set that is adjustable up to 20 or 25 pounds.  Exercises using your lower body or a combination of muscle groups are going to require higher weight than isolation exercises.

 

I have been lifting heavy for a couple of years now and it has only helped me get smaller!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

@secondchances: I think you should get 8 or 10.  I think it’s a general misconception that lifting heavy weights will bulk you up.  Unless you’re some sort of body builder, you’re not going to get super bulky from lifting 8-10 pounds.  That’s what I use several times a week and I’m 5’2″, 113 lbs.  Go for the 8-10! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Honey bee

And I would actually avoid wrist and ankle weights. They actually can pull the cartiledge from the bone and can cause major problems.

Use whatever weight that makes you feel very tired and near muscle exhaustion at the end of a workout/set (depending what you are doing)

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Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@7SEVENJ9:  I agree with the suggestion of buying a range of weights.  

More likely than not, certain muscle groups are going to be able to lift heavier weights than other muscle groups and it’s important you have the appropriate weight for each exercise.  If you have 3 lbs weights, I would buy some 6lbs, 8lbs, and then 10lbs weights.   I know for me, I have tiny shoulders and I can only do about 3 lbs (in each hand) for shoulder presses, but for biceps, dead lifts, and chest presses, I can go significantly heavier.  For triceps, I have to find a happy medium, etc.

The worst thing you can do is use too heavy of a weight for a muscle group and injure yourself.  Vary it up – that can even include some days doing high reps with a lower weight and then other days doing a low rep and heavier weight.  It’s all about variation to ensure your body is being constantly challenged. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@secondchances – I often hear the clicking in my left shoulder – that is often gas escaping from your joints through the movement – think about when your neck or back cracks from going to the chiropractor – same idea. Good luck!

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