Post # 1
I wanted to start a thread for all my lifting ladies out there! It would be great to have a place where we can share our knowledge/swap stories with each other. (It just seems like the fitness board is mostly about weight loss these days.)
Sooo I’ll start, I’ve been training and lifting weights for a little over a year now. I’m still a beginner, but I’m really focused!! My journey started in efforts to lose weight and I just fell in love. There is something so empowering about walking into the weight room and tossing around a barbell (read this – awesome article about lifting, written to women)!
I do the big lifts and accessory work but also conditioning and HIIT training – I like to do a different workout every day. Lifitng is my favorite though. My most recent PR was December 31st with a #110 bench press, so clearly I still have a long was to go! Early February I began to suffer from Myofascial pain, which has actually been a chronic problem since high school. I’m working with a physical therapist and it’s getting better, but I’ve been taken off weights ever since. I have been cleared to keep doing legs and conditioning/cardio. It’s been frustrating, but the extra focus on legs helped me clear 36″ box jumps last week – so that’s satisfying.
Today was my first day back working arms, I’ll be starting out slow – which is equally frustrating. Has anyone else had to sit out due to an injury or come back from one??
Once I get my strength back I’d really like to be a powerlifter. Has anyone on here ever competed before???? That would be amazing if there was!
Some other ladies on another thread were discussing kettle bells. I LOVE kettlebells! They are so much fun and really versatile and are a great way to change up your routine. Amazing all-over body workout. For a lot of women, I think it’s an awesome introduction to lifting weights – they are way less intimidating. I would encourage anyone I know to take a kettle bell class if they weren’t interested in dumbbells/barbell training – resistance training is just so important! Any KBellers out there??
Sorry this is so long winded. All my (few) gym buddies are dudes, and I’m excited to chat with some women for a change!!!
Post # 3
I enjoy lifting weights…I bought the book The Body Fat Solution years ago and I’ve enjoyed doing his workout suggestions in the book..I also enjoy doing HIIT on the treadmill.
Post # 4
I just changed gyms and their weightlifting equipment isn’t as intuitive as what I’m used to…but I used to enjoy lifting weights more than cardio. I need to woman up and ask for someone to show me the ropes because I’d really like to tone up.
Post # 5
Great topic yay!! I enjoy weight lifting but I don’t lift heavy. a few years back I went back to school to finish my bachelors and met a girl who was a trainer and we got really close and started working out together. Before meeting her I knew nothing about fitness and I had just started learning to run. She taught me a ton about weights and strength training. I was amazed once I started to build muscle to find that doing certain things was so much easier, things that should never hve been hard in the first place! what a wimp! 😉
these days I go to the gym on my lunch hour, between changing clothes and showering I only get about 30 mins. a coworker and I have been going together recently. We do 10-15 minutes of some sort of HIIT training and then 15-20 of circuits which include weights, or whatever we can think up. I try to throw in a 3 mile run on weekeds and sometimes yoga. If you have any ideas on how to best maximize the time we have I would LOVE to hear it!
I am not in the best shape now (my body fat is too high although I am pretty fit) but I gained a little weight after the wedding and got kind of lazy. Trying now to bring my weight back down and I’m hoping that by doing a good 30 min work out 5 times a week combined with an already healthy diet, I can get in a bit better shape and then start maintaining. My ultimate goal is to find something manageable so I can keep my weight steady and not hit the gym hard every time I go on vacation!
Post # 6
I was pretty in to powerlifting-type weightlifting as a hobby a couple of years ago. I left my gym when I moved house and haven’t really gotten back into it since then. I’m currently 6 weeks out from an ACL/PCL reconstruction in my right knee and hoping to get back into it during/after recovery. Right now I can barely do a squat with no weight at all…I used to be able to squat 83kgs at 54kg bw :(I was doing some SL/SB deadlifts with just the Oly bar last night and it felt so tight/weird/awful around my hamstrings (where they took the grafts to make the new ligaments).
Recovery is a great motivation though, I want to get back to doing my favourite activities. I want to be able to do pull-ups again, too! The wedding helps as well. I just have to keep reminding myself how much I’m spending on my photographer and suddenly a workout feels much less painful 😉
Post # 7
I also love lifting weights and have been doing so for the past 25 years. The first ten years, I was a real gym rat – lifting 6X/week using split routines. I was also very heavily into martial arts (Kung Fu). I always lifted as heavy as I could. Then my joints started subluxating. I already had “stretchy” ligaments and the heavy weights were stretching them out more. So I switched to moderate weights and strict form. Over the years, I have changed my fitness routine to include Pilates, stability ball, Core Fusion, and my current love – kettlebells! I also have a LOT less time to workout now, but I still manage to do so 6 or 7X/week, even if it is only for 1/2 – 1 hour at a shot. I now do all my workouts at home as I have slowly created a home gym and a huge fitness DVD collection. I also have a Bowflex, as I prefer to alternate upper and lower body exercises and the Bowflex makes it easy o do so. I also do not lift anywhere near the weights I used to, but I am still lifting and unlike a lot of my women my age, I can still pick up a 100 lb. bag of shell corn with ease and wear size 6 jeans.
Post # 8
I’m so happy to come across this thread! I am only just getting into weightlifting. My husband has been doing it for over a year, and he loves it, but I’ve never been one for going to the gym. So, we took our time and put together a beginner set of weights for me to use at home. I only just got the key piece of the puzzle (an Olympic bar) this week and have one done one workout with it yet, but I’m so excited to get used to it. I plan on doing deadlifts and squats mainly to start.
Post # 9
I love weightlifting!!! i love to see my muscles pop out!! just got back from the gym and get so many compliments. i love it!!! i want to do a figure comp some day (maybe) but definitely i’m competing in a pole dancing comp next year. can’t wait
Post # 10
@PhillyProper: You rock! Thanks for starting this thread up. I’m commenting now so I remember to post more once I’m not on my phone!
Im a KB’er, so I’m happy to share some routines and fun combos to try.
Post more soon!
Post # 11
I love weight lifting and have had to deal with an injury (ligament strain in my neck with severe pain that radiated into my shoulder for several months) I am on my tablet so posting is a PITA but just commenting so I can come back and chat with like minded ladies
Post # 12
@MrsSanchizel: I thought that I might want to train to compete too one day until I started to read about metabolic damage and rebounding.
Post # 13
I like lifting too! I don’t do too heavy, usually just Body Pump or some sort of circuit workout. I don’t want to start lifting much heavier because I am really happy with my body and don’t want to change anything before the wedding! I may start experimenting a little after 🙂
Post # 14
Commenting to follow – I have been starting to play with the dumbells at the gym in the past month or so, and plan to take an intro kettleball class in the next few weeks. I am already seeing a difference and Fiance loves commenting how I’m his “fit athlete” of a fiancee (haha!).
Post # 15
It’s so great to see so many comments!! I am really excited to see so many women that aren’t afraid of weights!
@MsJ2theZ: It’s great that you are able to hit the gym during your lunch hour. I am usually a 5:30AM worker-outer and unfortunately my office doesn’t have a gym (working on changing that!). This weeking I am checking out a powerlifitng gym that is close to where I work – so that I would have the option to lift during the day. It sounds like you’re doing great with the HIIT and circuit work. I like to make up circuits that work the entire body – a good 20 minutes is really all you need if you really give it your all. Would love to swap some workouts with you sometime. Girls Gone Strong had a great blog article on short workouts, just came across it the other day (here).
@punchy: Good luck with your surgery! Keep us updated on your progress. Did you ever compete in powerlifting?? Pull-ups uuuugh, still working on those – I had just dedicated myself to improving my technique when my back started giving me problems – might be a little while before I’m able to focus on those again. I’m determined to get there!
@trueblue14: You rock!!!!! If I have any questions – I am certainly turning to you, it seems like you’ve done it all!
@bcloves83: Thanks for posting on this thread! So jealous of your home gym – I wish I had space for one (I’m in an apartment in the city). Let us know how you’re progressing! Deadlifts and squats are a great place to start. Check out this website: http://www.stumptuous.com/ (lots of awesome information on form, etc. mostly geared towards ladies). Girls Gone Strong are also a great source of information and motivation.
@MrsSanchizel: Isn’t it the best when you just get through a workout and your muscles are all pumped!? It’s very empowering. Figure is such a competitive sport. I see how those girls diet and train and while I love the intensity of the training – I could never eat as little as they do. I know they only do it “in season” but still. . . that’s serious!!! I follow a lot of figure girls on Instagram – lots of awesome motivation.
@BlondeBee: You rock too girl!! Excited to get this thread up and going!
To everyone else – love love love that you’re posting here! Let’s make this a space where we can share information and encourage eachother!!
Post # 16
@SeaSalt: I really think figure is as much about genetics as it is about fitness. I read this blog entry from one of the (former) Girls Gone Strong (she has since left the organization – Jen Comas Keck. Really amazing woman. It talks about her experience in Figure – which sounds like it was miserable. Particuarly because genetically she isn’t naturally lean and it took a lot of sacrifice for her to get there.
But since, she has gone on to lifting some seroiusly heavy weights. And she is happy and healthy now.