Post # 1
I have been going to the gym for a few months and do cardio and the weight machines.. but I am interested in the barbells, dumbells, kettles.. but dont really know where to start. I did crossfit with my Fiance for a couple of months a few years ago so I am familiar with the basics and safety precautions.. and my Fiance will be there too to help me.That being said, I want to push myself out of my comfort zone and just go to where the wights are on my own and not ask my Fiance to stop his workout to help me learn everything.
Does anyone know of good articles, videos, tips? I feel like this is more of a confidence thing.. I want to know roughly what I am doing so I a) dont get hurt b) dont look dumb lol
Post # 3
@Seashells7: Shape.com has some good tips. Also, Glamour.com had a feature about a month ago on weight lifting… I think it was about dropping one dress size in a month through weight lifting… it was really good… you could probably still find it. ETA: found it: http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/2013/02/the-workout-that-makes-your-body-burn-more-calories#slide=1
The key is to choose weights that tire you out in 8-10 reps. I usually warm up with lighter weights then move on to heavier ones. You do your 8-10 reps, then rest, then do another set and so on.
Try to research one to two exercises at a time, and then go try them out. I wouldn’t try to learn a whole bunch because you will get confused (at least I did lol).
Fitsugar.com has some helpful videos as well.
You could always spring to do one session w. a personal trainer and he/she can show you some exercises so you know the proper form.
Post # 4
Are you terribly social? Most of the big-time weightlifters LOVE showing off their fitness knowledge! They’ll generally help you.
Or you could spring for a personal trainer once or twice a week who can teach you!
Post # 5
Does your gym offer personal trainers? Often they’ll give you a few free sessions. I pay $165 for 10 sessions with mine and it is EXCELLENT — he makes me do things I would never even think of. HAHA that’s what she said.
Post # 6
@peachacid: Wow, that is a great deal!
Post # 7
I bought the book New Rules of Lifting for Women and followed that plan. It broke down the exercises and proper form for me and gave me a specific list of what to do on what days so I didn’t feel like a lost puppy wandering around the gym. Having some idea of what I was doing was pretty helpful on the intimidation part of starting to work out in the free weight area!
Post # 8
@Seashells7: Here’s a post I wrote with some basic dumbbell moves.
As far as kettlebells go, I would not suggest just going for it on your own. What you really need to do is find an RKC trainer (Russian Kettlebell Certified) who can teach you proper form. I do KB’s 3x a week, and it’s a fantastic workout, but it is very different than regular dumbbell and barbell workouts. I use 20lb dumbbells, but 35-44 lb kettlebells. Since KBs are both cardio and weight training instruments, you can really hurt yourself if you’re not educated on how to use them. I actually cringe when I see websites like Glamour and Shape with “beginner kettlebell rountines” because the model’s form is awful, and there arent good enough instructions to prevent people from hurting themselves.
Post # 9
Try the following
http://www.girlsgonestrong.com/ good blog period!
http://www.myomytv.com/ good for kettlebell stuff
http://www.bodyrock.tv/ good for at home workouts
http://www.niashanks.com/ she really focuses on increasing strength
Post # 10
thank you so very much everyone! I am excited to read through all of the links at lunch 🙂
Post # 11
bodybuilding.com is a wealth of information and lots of training plans. I could spend HOURS on that site.
Post # 12
Great lifting site: http://www.stumptuous.com/
Stay away from shape.com and all the other magazine “fitness” sections – they encourage using 2-5 pounds weights. What the hell is the point of lifting weights that are lighter than your purse!?!?
Oh! Read this too! It’ll make you want to go throw some weight around!: http://articles.elitefts.com/training-articles/a-lion-in-iron-women-be-more-not-less/
Post # 13
@PhillyProper: Well said! I also have to shake my head in wonder at the women doing 20# lat pulldowns or leg extensions on the machines/cables 🙁
Post # 14
At all the gyms I’ve been too, if you ask one of the people there to help you figure out a routine they will. This serioiusly is something they should have come up with for you when you signed up. It really shouldn’t be , sign here … give me your money .. and have at our machines …. Anytime I wanted to try a new machine or a new free weight I asked someone that worked there… they’re usually just standing around flexing anyway 😀
Post # 15
@BluePeaches: I KNOW RIGHT!?! I’ve been thinking about starting a thread on the fitness boards asking if there are any other ladies that lift weights. I’d love to have a real conversation with some serious women that like to throw weight around. Like, really lift – not as an accessory to their workouts and not as a part of a crossfit WOD – but anyone that just actually walks into a gym – walks straight to the weightroom into a powerrack and LIFTS!!
Post # 16
@PhillyProper: Uhm, I’m in! I work mostly with kettlebells, but I love chatting with women who aren’t afraid of lifting some serious weights. Your pic is fantastic, btw!