Bees who Strength Train

posted 1 year ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I’ve been doing group barbell pump for almost 2 years, which is really a combination of cardio and strength because of the lower weight and high reps. It’s the best of both worlds and I greatly enjoy it! There are people who look down on this form of cardio resistance training; they see it as “not real lifting” or “a woman thing” (like that’s an insult?). Don’t care!

What kind of strength training do you do?

Post # 3
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Busy bee

Pilates Reformer is my favorite for strength training. I take classes 3-4 times a week and never get bored.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I love Les Mills body pump, which sounds like what vickie2018 was describing. If you have a gym with group classes, give those a try! Classes always make me work harder, plus the instructor is motivating and you can’t slack off.  We have a HIIT and a “boot camp” class that incorporate strength training and cardio, and they are SO HARD. Changing things up is good not only to alleviate boredom but also to keep your muscles challnged to avoid a plateau. If your gym doesn’t have classes, you could try some classes online! I like Fitness Blender, Rebecca Louise, and Pop Pilates. 

I also love Pilates and barre. They’re underrated sometimes I think, but the summer I did Pure Barre 5 times a week I looked the best I ever have. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee

dgirl715 :  Is that a studio class? 

I’m popping into this thread I’m not strength training but I need to start! 

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Check out beachbody for some great workouts. I always do HIIT and love it when it involves some weights too. Joel Freeman has a new program that’s supposed to be HIIT and strength training combined. I can do some of it at the gym too (while on my phone) so it helps if I get bored or want to target something specific.

There are lots of apps that can guide or give you new ideas.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

A thread for ladies who lift, yass!! What kind of training do you do right now? 

I did general strength training for a few years, but got into powerlifting about a year ago. I absolutely love it I do one day each week for deadlifts/back, squats/legs and chest press/arms, and I switch up the isolation exercises once a month or so. For inspiration on new programs I read bodybuilding.com and nerd fitness. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

sbl99 : My legs are significantly stronger than my upper body. My chest and biceps just seem to refuse to get stronger no matter what I do!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I started lifting weights about a year ago with my fiancée because he’s a big guy who likes to lift and I just accompany him to the gym and we work out together. We usually do a circuit: 5-6 different exercises, about 12 reps per exercise, and then repeat the whole thing about 4-5 times. Then usually we separately work out biceps and triceps with dumbbells (5 sets of ten reps of each exercise). Warm up on circuit days is usually 10 minutes on stair stepper.  This is usually 2-3 days per week.  Circuits are usually things like: weighted squats w overhead press, slams with weighted medicine ball, renegade row, weighted reverse lunge, burpees with overhead press, kettlebell swings, weighted side lunges, etc.  Some days we will incorporate bench press into the mix. 

Two days a week we do kickboxing. This first half hour of the class is legs/buns and abs and the second half is kickboxing very intense cardio.

two days are usually reserved for just pure easy cardio like treadmill, elliptical, stair stepper. I like to do 40 minutes on these days followed by some planks and push ups. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Also I’m all about the legs and buns so I try to get in extra work on these body parts whenever I can!! Lol

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

I switch between HIIT/plyo and lifting and that often gives me enough variety to stay entertained.  On days when I have more energy I make them conditioning days and on the days I’m dragging ass I find it easier to get a solid lift in.  I don’t have a set schedule that I do every week, and I like working out more intuitively.  Works well for me. =)

I also don’t have a gym membership.  I have some medium and heavy weights at home, as well as bands and some other stuff.  Not having everything at my disposal also forces you to get creative and try new things at home, so it helps with things getting dull.  Still kicks my ass.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

sbl99 :  Aside from group classes I do 3-4x per week, I’m trying to develop my own strength training regimen so I can work out on my own. I’m lucky in that our apartment building has a pretty solid gym, so I have access to dumbbells, a barbell, and a strength machine that is pretty adaptable (but I don’t have access to bigger pieces of equipment, like a leg press machine).

I use Instagram to find circuits/workouts, mostly. It’s easy to save the videos and there are SO many people out there who create free workouts for strength training. Try searching different hashtags related to whatever part of your body you want to work out. I also just downloaded the JEFIT app, which I plan to use 3x/week to build more of a routine on my own. It’s free (mostly), and has a variety of different workout plans and access to a whole library of exercises focusedon different parts of the body.

ETA: I’ve also heard really great things about the Sweat app – Kayla Itsine’s BBG app. BBG isn’t completely strength-focused, but there’s another workout plan called PWR through the app that’s only strength training. I think it’s like $20/month.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

TBH, I love the Pop Pilates series on YouTube. They’re free videos, there’s a TON of them, and no huge yearly fee to an MLM.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Canada

I love doing HIIT and a group weight class.

Off-topic but kind of related: did anyone watch the Crossfit games last week?  Those women are GOALS.  Shit.

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