Post # 1
How many of you bees do strength training? I browse the MFP forums, and the most common piece of advice is strength training. Any problem, apparently strength training is the answer. And I can’t disagree, but I would be TERRIFIED to be lifting in front of anyone. I’m in college, and it took me long enough just to run outside where people could see me haha. The weight room at the campus gym? No thanks.
Since those forums are clearly a misrepresentation of the population (not that this board is representative, but there are a wider range of fitness habits here I’m sure!), I’m curious how many of you do strength training. I just run and do ab exercises, and I can’t help but feel bad when I read about all these women doing strength training on those forums.
I honestly don’t think I could start until I’ve graduated and have a gym membership somewhere else because lifting weights alongside 18-22 year old guys when I have 0 upper body strength sounds like a nightmare to me.
Post # 3
@juliana192: I do strength training with a personal trainer once a week. The rest of the week I do cardio either running or in classes like Zumba. I really did notice a difference when I started to strength train. I chose a personal trainer to help me because I was (and largely am) scared of hurting myself.
I lived in a college town and belonged to a local gym, instead of the on-campus option, for years. That’s where I started working with a trainer and really changed my attitude about working out.
Post # 4
I got to Lucille Roberts and I do about 20-30 min on the elliptical or treadmill then I do weights. Nothing too crazy, I just want to tone up. I usually use the machines. And I try to go to the yoga class once a week. It’s only offered one day at the gym and some weeks I’m busy that day.
Post # 5
You don’t need to lift weights, honestly. You can do a lot of strength training just using body resistance. Does your gym have a ladies only area to work out in? Are there strength based classes? I do primarily strength and I honestly think it’s more important than cardio. If you incorporate circuits, you can have it all in one, too 🙂
Post # 6
@juliana192: Strength training is more than just lifting weights. You could do yoga, pilates, calisthenics, barre workouts, etc.
Post # 7
I weight lift. And I weight lift heavy. Definitely do not be intimidated to start lifting. Most of the big machines have instructions and little pictures; it’s the free weights where you’ll have to do research. I usually just do curls, and over the shoulder dips with those.
And honestly no one is going to bother you. Most people just want to go to the gym, get in their workout, and go home.
It’s your choice to do your workout, but I think weight lifting is a great confidence booster. You can see the results as you can lift heavier weights and it feels pretty bitching to bench press, lol.
I personally have asthma, and if my heart rate gets too high I can have an attack, so I don’t do much cardio except for in short bursts like 1 minute sprints on the treadmill. I also don’t do those crazy cardio classes either.
Post # 8
I do a strength training circuit using some free weights and some body weight. I used to hate strength training but once I go into the swing of things I loved it! I can tell it helps my metabolism too.
Post # 9
@FLBlonde93: +1 i do pilates for strength training.
OP- does your school have gym classes? i took some gym classes in college and weight lifting was one of them. it was fun and i learned how to properly lift. i can go to any gym now and not feel intimidated by the guys there (most of them are lifting wrong anyways). i also took yoga in college.
Post # 10
Strength training is vital in fitness. You build lean muscle that will help rev up your metabolism throughout the day, not only when you workout. Some of the best strength training doesn’t need to involve weights. Do pushups, lunges, squats, tricep dips.. etc. etc.
Post # 11
I swim and do push ups for strength training. Plus I run and bike for cardio.
Post # 12
The best strength training does involve weights, but it’s not the only strength training. I wouldn’t be scared of lifting. I’m a guy, and when I started I was lifting pathetic, embarassing weights. Now when I go for PR attempts on some lifts people are watching me. Get on a program and get a reputable coach. Be confident in your program and understand that it’s a long term process.
You will get guys trying to give you unsolicited advice (it happened to me, and I’m a guy), but if you have a coach and a good program, all you have to say is, “thanks, but that’s not part of my program” or “thanks, but my coach said I should do it this way” and people usually go away.
Post # 13
I loathe cardio. I love strength training. There is a lot you can do at home with little investment – I just have a set of 5lbs hand weights and a set of resistance bands that I got for around $25 (and they have a lifetime warranty to boot).
And at most gyms they have the free weights area, where I find the men tend to hang out, and then the actual machinery. Try the weight machines – I find that area is mostly populated by women and is much less intimidating.
Post # 14
@Groominator: This has happened to me several times! I’ll be working out, minding my own business with loud angry music blasting into my ears, and a guy will walk up and tap my shoulder to tell me what I’m doing wrong.
It’s like, really? It’s not my first day. I have an armband and weight lifting gloves and I’m counting reps under my breath–I’ve done this before, thanks.
Post # 15
I do alot of classes (Les Mills body attack, etc) and bootcamp that incoporates both cardio and strength training. I find it much better than just going to a gym and doing my own weight training – I find it so boring doing it this way! When I am in a class I am also more motivated to work myself harder 🙂