Post # 1
I’m looking into starting to lift. Not like light weight training, but just strictly lifting weights to lose weight and gain muscle. I’m not overweight but I have excess belly fat and underarm flaps that I don’t like. My Fiance keeps saying I should start lifting.
Do any bees have any experience doing a weightlifting routine and no cardio? It seems weird to me but apparently a lot of people think it works.
Post # 2
greensunglasses: Oh it works wonders. My Fiance does weight lifting. If he does cardio it’s once a week and they are insanity videos. He does not use cardio machines. When I was working out with him that is all I was doing. I was not eating right but I still was toning up. Once I stopped going as much and continued my bad eating habits I gained all my weight back. Muscles burns more fat. The more muscle you are the more it will burn. If you see these body builders they are always eating and eating and they can because they have enough muscle to burn calories/fat. Go for it and you will love it. You get strong and before you know it your goal will not be your weight but what you can lift.
Post # 3
vanessa1359: my goal isn’t weight really, I just want to lose inches lol.
Post # 4
greensunglasses: Yeah it will help you tone and lose inches. Weight training is highly encouraged in the fitness industry.
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK
I do cardio and weights, it’s the perfect balance for me. I’m Cotehill doing Les Mills Pump as it’s weight training but also had a slight cardio element. I top that up with a few sessions of Les Mills Combat for more intense cardio. The difference since starting Pump 5 weeks ago is amazing. I have so much definition already and my arms and thighs look so tight now instead of wobbling all over the show. I don’t need to loose any weight but this program is getting me in incredible shape
Post # 6
Lifting will do wonders in transforming the shape of your body, even if you’re not doing cardio. Understand, however, that no amount of situps is going to burn the layer of fat on your stomach- you may develop great abs, but as long as there’s fat, you won’t be able to see them. Overall fat loss is the only thing that will help. I’ve been lifting for about 3 years, and when I first started, I did high intensity interval cardio for 20mins a day, 3x week, plus lifitng 3-4 days a week. In 12 weeks, I looked like a different person. Good luck!
Post # 7
You should definitely do it! I started a programme called New Rules of Lifting For Women in July and I moved onto Stronglifts when I finished that. They’re both great, and the New Rules book is really helpful for technique and diet advice. In that time I’ve gone from a US 8 to a US 4, my arms have actual muscles in them and I’ve got some abs starting to peek through.
I have kept up one session of Les Mills Body Combat each week because I really enjoy it, and I do walk a fair bit as it’s the easiest way to get around my city, but that’s it.
There are loads of people on the myfitnesspal forums who lift and loads of great advice. You should definitely go for it though!
Post # 8
I learned from a family member who learned from a competitive weightlifter, and yeah, when you do it regularly, it’s incredible. It definitely helps with toning and fat loss. When you build muscle, you also speed your metabolism, because a higher percentage of muscle burns more energy. It works twofold – not only do you work those areas while you are lifting, but then you benefit from the metabolism boost as well. I’ve lost 25 lbs and two sizes in the last year with just lifting. I do cardio irregularly, the same as I always have, usually twice or three times a week.
Post # 9
I’m very anti-cardio. Steady cardio burns calories from fat and muscle. So, you lose weight but the muscle is what burns calories throughout the day, so you’re really shooting yourself in the foot if all you do is cardio. I’ve had this explained to me by a gym owner.
I’ve been doing strength training for the past 8 months or so, both with weights at the gym and at home with bodyweight exercises, and I’ve gotten good results. Not much actual weight loss on the scale, but my clothes fit looser, my butt looks better than it ever has, my boyfriend constantly tells me how much better I look, and friends have been commenting too. I’m doing a pretty low-stress routine, only 3 days a week, with the hopes that I can keep it up, unlike in the past. So far, I actually really like it and look forward to working out which is new for me.
With strength training, I think some people get caught up in that you can’t spot reduce fat, so weight lifting can’t possibly help you lose weight. But, it’s not so simple. It’s not “do bicep curls = lose arm fat” it’s “do bicep curls = strengthen arm muscles = burn more fat every day because now you have more muscles.” People look for an exact cause and effect, and that’s not how weight lifting works. Building any muscle will help you lose fat all over your body, as long as you’re not compensating by eating more food than usual.
I have recently started adding high intensity interval training to my routine about once a week. That’s cardio, but all the moves I do are strength training moves like pushups, squats, and lunges. I don’t know if that specifically is helping with my results, but I definitely wouldn’t do extended cardio like ellipticals or anything.
Post # 10
CHristine2809: I’m wanting to do maybe 45minutes-hour 3 days a week. Did you start with a personal trainer or did you just go for it?
bananafairy: how often do you lift if you do cardio 3 times a week?
Post # 11
I mainly lift weights. I hate cardio but it has to be done sometimes lol and I do HIIT stuff. I’ve had a personal trainer, but right now I’m following a FREE workout plan on bitesizedfitness.com. It’s amazing and I would definitely recommend it.
Post # 12
greensunglasses: lifting weights is the best way to lose inches! I still do half an hour of cardio a day, because I’m one of those weirdos who actually likes it! I used to be so intimidated by all the men lifting weights at the gym, and now we’re all buddies. I promise it will change your life!
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2015 - Firehouse Restaurant
Ive been lifting weights for almost a year now. I highly recommend it. My arms are tone so none of that arm flab in my wedding dress and its amazing how your body transforms. I started with jamie easons live fit program online at bodybuilding.com. its a 3 month program but if you think the first month is too easy go sraight to phase 2.My mom and i are in the best shape ever and ive definitley lost inches. I started at 138lbs and right now im at 124lbs with 17.5 % body fat. We both have definition and we can do pull ups which we were super excited about.
Post # 14
greensunglasses: I do this! Check out Fitocracy.com – I use one of their online trainers.
Post # 15
greensunglasses: Check out bodybuilding.com not only the articles, but the forums LOTS of awesome advice, programs, and discussions. Find a program that suits your schedule, lifestyle, and available equipment or lack there of. (IE gym, home gym, or solely bodyweight) <br /><br />I used Insanity to lose a large amount of weight and now I strictly weight train (cardio 1 day per week as I truly enjoy it) and its great! Just make sure to do your research, and use proper form.
Also check out MFP and IIFYM. Losing inches is losing weight, but youll never progress in weight loss, inches lost, or muscle gains if youre not eating to do so.
If you have any questions shoot me a PM!