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  • Serah87Serah87 Member Posts: 5,484 Member Member Posts: 5,484 Member
    @serah69

    Holy wow! You look incredible. :love: That back!

    Thank you. :blushing:
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  • TayAdkins07TayAdkins07 Member, Premium Posts: 4 Member Member, Premium Posts: 4 Member
    Bump! Love this :)
  • jj_jupiterjj_jupiter Member Posts: 23 Member Member Posts: 23 Member
    This. I did the same thing. Hired a trainer and set some goals. I benched 85lbs the other day (I'm 51 yo F). A new PR! When i think about the hours i spent at the gym, doing the exact same routine, i kick myself for not doing something sooner. If you can't afford a trainer. Just meet with one 1x/mo to get a program and have them shake it up the next month. Variety is what get results. I think the same thing with cardio. If i do the same thing, my body just gets used to it and I stop seeing results.
  • mialonghornmialonghorn Member Posts: 23 Member Posts: 23
    What's considered "heavy" lifting? I just started weight training using the machines at the gym. I'm starting off at about 15-25 lbs for arm type of machines and about 150 lbs for the quads. What should I strive for?
  • sinker59sinker59 Member Posts: 130 Member Posts: 130
    Just looked through this entire thread for the first time, and I'm on my 2nd glass of ice water. HOTNESS! Every stinking one of you. You ladies are amazing.
  • Sarauk2sfSarauk2sf Member Posts: 28,428 Member Member Posts: 28,428 Member
    What's considered "heavy" lifting? I just started weight training using the machines at the gym. I'm starting off at about 15-25 lbs for arm type of machines and about 150 lbs for the quads. What should I strive for?

    It is really what is heavy for you at a lower rep range. The rep range is subject to interpretation, but generally, it would be no more than 12. Some would say 8, others 5.

    You should strive to progress really - other people have very difference circumstances that will mean that the weights they can lift will not be comparable to yours.
  • mialonghornmialonghorn Member Posts: 23 Member Posts: 23
    When you guys refer to "lifting weights" do you mean free weights or the machines? I used to do free weights but then I hired a trainer about a month ago and she just put me on all of the machines.
  • Serah87Serah87 Member Posts: 5,484 Member Member Posts: 5,484 Member
    When you guys refer to "lifting weights" do you mean free weights or the machines? I used to do free weights but then I hired a trainer about a month ago and she just put me on all of the machines.

    Free weights.
  • ILiftHeavyAcrylicsILiftHeavyAcrylics Member Posts: 27,964 Member Member Posts: 27,964 Member
    When you guys refer to "lifting weights" do you mean free weights or the machines? I used to do free weights but then I hired a trainer about a month ago and she just put me on all of the machines.

    Free weights.

    I did machines for . . . a really long time in college. 9 months or so I think? I never saw any changes to my body. I started seeing changes within 6 weeks of starting Stronglifts.
  • kdiamondkdiamond Member Posts: 3,330 Member Member Posts: 3,330 Member
    Yeah I agree free weights are far superior to the machines...they make you have to balance, using other muscles, they challenge you in ways the machines can't. I still use some machines (cable row is one of my favorites) but the majority of my workouts are done with free weights.
  • Sarauk2sfSarauk2sf Member Posts: 28,428 Member Member Posts: 28,428 Member
    When you guys refer to "lifting weights" do you mean free weights or the machines? I used to do free weights but then I hired a trainer about a month ago and she just put me on all of the machines.

    Lifting weights can mean either.

    Machines have their place. I generally recommend free weights for main compound lifts and either free weights or machines for assistance work - it really depends on the assistance work. I am not sure why the trainer would take you off free weights and put you all on machines though.
  • heidicrowtherheidicrowther Member Posts: 3 Member Member Posts: 3 Member
    I am so inspired by all your pics... my body shape is much like a pear and I think I may have some hope now:) thank you for showing all the pictures!! So this is the first day back in a long time, I kinda started over a year ago and gave up very fast. Fingers crossed I stick with it this time.
  • stephe1987stephe1987 Member Posts: 406 Member Member Posts: 406 Member
    Motivation is always great. but keep in mind that in order to see the results you want to see, you will need to first lower your body fat percentage. Lifting weights is fine and good to get stronger and it's supposed to be good for your bones, but most people suggest waiting until you reach your goal body fat percentage before trying to build muscle. Unless you're morbidly obese, I hear it's next to impossible to build muscle and lose weight at the same time. Building muscle is difficult for women because they have significantly less testosterone than men, but it can still be done. Best of luck to all the women weight trainers out there!

    I want to get stronger too but I still have some more weight to lose. I'm close to my first goal (when I'll finally not be considered overweight for my height and build) but I want to get even lower so I have a low enough body fat percentage to actually see the muscles I'll be building. :)
  • cyrka2012cyrka2012 Member Posts: 299 Member Member Posts: 299 Member
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  • knittnponderknittnponder Member Posts: 1,954 Member Member Posts: 1,954 Member
    Motivation is always great. but keep in mind that in order to see the results you want to see, you will need to first lower your body fat percentage. Lifting weights is fine and good to get stronger and it's supposed to be good for your bones, but most people suggest waiting until you reach your goal body fat percentage before trying to build muscle.

    I started lifting while still in the obese category and I am now just into "overweight". About ten years ago I wore the same size I currently do but I was 20 pounds lighter. The difference is, I am doing heavy lifting and haven't waited until I am a lower body fat %. I like being strong, I get to eat a bit more and I certainly look a whole lot less bulky than I did when I weighed more.

    For me, I do weights because I like lifting. A lot. And because I want to be strong and feel good. I need to be able to do the things I want to do and not wait until I'm lighter before I finally get some strength. So all that to say, if you want to lift now, lift now. It feels good and it's sure made me look better.
  • AchryaAchrya Member Posts: 16,963 Member Member Posts: 16,963 Member
    I am so inspired by all your pics... my body shape is much like a pear and I think I may have some hope now:) thank you for showing all the pictures!! So this is the first day back in a long time, I kinda started over a year ago and gave up very fast. Fingers crossed I stick with it this time.


    I meannnnn...if you're a pear shape there is a good chance you'll always be a pear.

    I was a bigger pear. I lifted weights and lost fat. Now I'm a smaller pear.
  • nz_deevaanz_deevaa Member Posts: 12,373 Member Member Posts: 12,373 Member
    Motivation is always great. but keep in mind that in order to see the results you want to see, you will need to first lower your body fat percentage. Lifting weights is fine and good to get stronger and it's supposed to be good for your bones, but most people suggest waiting until you reach your goal body fat percentage before trying to build muscle. Unless you're morbidly obese, I hear it's next to impossible to build muscle and lose weight at the same time. Building muscle is difficult for women because they have significantly less testosterone than men, but it can still be done. Best of luck to all the women weight trainers out there!

    I want to get stronger too but I still have some more weight to lose. I'm close to my first goal (when I'll finally not be considered overweight for my height and build) but I want to get even lower so I have a low enough body fat percentage to actually see the muscles I'll be building. :)

    This doesn't make sense to me.

    I makes much more sense to me to lift while trying to lose body fat, because then you'll retain all the muscle that you already had. You might lose more weight, but some of that weight will be muscle.
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