(Closed) weights?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

HI there!  If you’re talking free weights, it can kind of vary.  Rather than type out the exercises I do, I’ll send you to Jamie Eason’s livefit trainer.  You can google it, and she provides free workouts and videos for a 12 week program.  It’s almost all strength training based.  

 

Ideally, you should be able to do 8-12 reps x 3 with your weights.  For example, I can do one set of a given arm exercise with 15 weights, but three with 10lbs.  If you’re just starting, and you haven’t done strength training before, I’d start with 5, 10 and 15.  If you’re naturally a little muscular, you might be able to do 7.5, 12 and 15.  Your hubby will likely need his own set, and my guess would be somewhere in the 15-30lbs range.

 

You should have a few different sizes because different muscles in your arms have different strengths.  Example: I can do bicep curls with 15lbs no problem, but side arm raises? No way!  10 at best, and sometimes less. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

I am just starting the program in the New Rules of Lifting for Women book.  It’s a heavy lifting program using free weights.  I bought a bench, bar, and weights off craigslist for $80.  If you want to strength train, I would lift heavy.  I started with at least 45 lbs. for the exercises in the book.  StrongLifts 5×5 is free if you dont want to buy NROLFW, and you can google that program.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@MrsSl82be:  resistance bands rock!!  Get a couple of different strengths and lay one down on the floor.  Step on it with your hips slightly less than shoulder width apart. Pick up the ends with your hands and pull up until you feel resistance.  Side step for 20 steps on each side.  Increase resistance if you need to.  This move is a cellulite killer for those little spots on the side of your booty just above your leg.   I tried to find a Youtube video for you, but struck out. 

I think you’re on the right track with free weights and stuff.  Check out Jamie Eason and also bodyrock.tv.  Both of those girls have killer bodies and bodyrock only uses like 5 pieces of equipment.  Jamie uses machines sometimes, but there are modifications to be done. 

 

Edit: Also, look up some exercises and then go to your sporting goods store and just bust a couple of moves 🙂 People let their kids play on the machines in there all the time, nobody should bat an eye at you trying out a few bicep curls to test weights.  THEN go buy them on CL. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@Boston Bee:  Hey I’m just finishing up week 3 of stage 1 of NROLFW tomorrow! After reading that book and starting the program, I can’t believe I used to think that 5lb weights would do anything for increasing strength.

Craigslist is a gold mine for exercise equipment! We got a punching bag and various weights and a squat rack for a steal.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@MrsSl82be:  

1) I followed bodyrock on FB for MONTHS before I finally sucked it up. I’m loving it now!

2) I know exactly the spot you’re talking about and it’s the bane of my existence.  The only thing that’s ever reduced them for me is straight up fat loss, but then I lose my boobs :(.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Try plural, “weights.”  I got the same when I just tried it.  “weights,” or “free weights,” weeded some of that out. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@MrsSl82be:  Just try to be as specific as possible. “dumbbell set” or “barbell set” could work. It definitely takes some rooting through.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

@MrsSl82be:  I just searched for “weights.”  I found everything under the sporting goods section.

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