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  • Sarauk2sfSarauk2sf Member Posts: 28,428 Member Member Posts: 28,428 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. :)

    Most people do not suggest waiting. The point of resistance training while dieting is to preserve the muscle mass you have.

    Also - it really depends on your starting BF% as to how much and when your efforts will show.

    You do not have to be morbidly obese to be able to gain muscle while losing fat. It is possible while overweight - results will vary however depending on a number of variables including how much you are overweight, whether you are new to lifting, your caloric deficit, your training routine and your genetics. Another exception to gaining muscle on a deficit, even if relatively lean, is if you are new to lifting - aka 'newbie gains'.

    There is absolutely no point in waiting, especially as resistance training has a host of other benefits over and above body composition.
  • AbleWillingAbleWilling Member Posts: 1 Member Member Posts: 1 Member
    ::bump:: I wouldn't care if the scale never budged again if I gained nothing but muscle and dropped inches and inches! Hitting the gym afresh (after years away and weighing 191 at 5'8") with a huge focus on HIIT cardio and dedicated weight lifting. Looking forward to becoming a success story. You ladies kill it....I am going to take "before" pics tomorrow and can't wait to have "afters" to contribute one day soon. Thanks for inspiring!
  • nikkohlinikkohli Member Posts: 311 Member Member Posts: 311 Member
    I love all these success stories!
  • nygiantschicknygiantschick Member Posts: 289 Member Member Posts: 289 Member
    Talk to your trainer or get a new one. I'm not a fan of weight machines-used them for years with NO results. Then started using free weights, kettlebells, pull up bars and body weight exercises and the results are completely different!! Some trainers at the gym get a little lazy and some are GREAT so you may have to shop around!!! Perhaps you can use a combination of them, but I agree with other posts- you work other muscles- especially stabilizing muscles- far better when you use free weights. Machines are great if you are a beginner, what to isolate muscles groups, you are "afraid" or "nervous" about free weights, have some physical limitations that you are trying to improve, etc- they have their place in the grand scheme of things and can be a great complement to your entire weight training routine. But let's face it Samson was a strong man and there was not a bicep curl machine to be found LOL!!! Seriously though, have a chat with you trainer about your goals and the rationale to their decision to put you on all machines, then talk to another one on the low-low and compare notes.
  • CynCyndiCynCyndi Member Posts: 58 Member Posts: 58
  • dottydawn73dottydawn73 Member Posts: 18 Member Posts: 18
  • Fit4YahFit4Yah Member Posts: 39 Member Member Posts: 39 Member
    Before
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    After 1 year of lifting and cutting.
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    Street clothes in case some might think we look "bulky" or muscular all the time. Pictures above are right after a workout and flexed. Most people are surprised that I lift heavy weights.

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    2 years lifting, 1 year maintaining.
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    AWESOME!!
  • femmenacefemmenace Member Posts: 152 Member Member Posts: 152 Member
    Before
    Kimbefore.jpg
    P1020239_zpsd148cb63.jpg
    After 1 year of lifting and cutting.
    Kimback.jpg
    c66222fc-3f83-43a5-bcd9-468c0f557ec4_zpseece0183.jpg

    Street clothes in case some might think we look "bulky" or muscular all the time. Pictures above are right after a workout and flexed. Most people are surprised that I lift heavy weights.

    0207031819_zps241708b9.jpg

    2 years lifting, 1 year maintaining.
    P1000151_zpsaaf4d583.jpg

    AWESOME!!


    Impressive results! Love the flexin' picture.
  • nassaugyalnassaugyal Member Posts: 32 Member Member Posts: 32 Member
    You ladies are officially my new heroes.
  • stealthqstealthq Member Posts: 4,307 Member Member Posts: 4,307 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. :)

    Annnnd this is silly. Lifting as you lose weight will help you retain the muscle you have, help you become stronger, and improve your fitness. More than that you can certainly do it while lowering your bodyfat and seeing great results. I will demonstrate with a tasteful photo collage (I spend a lot of time playing on my phone...)

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    There is no reason not to lift as you lose weight.

    I don't think that is what they are saying.

    They're saying "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".

    In other words, lift while you cut for strength and bone health (and to preserve muscle - they left that part out). Wait to build muscle, i.e. bulk until you get to low %BF. Which is the general recommendation so your gains are more LBM, less fat.
  • smittybuilt19smittybuilt19 Member Posts: 955 Member Member Posts: 955 Member
    look through my pictures. I've been training for 2.5 years.

    Hello fellow North Carolinian, great progress!
  • MrsK20141004MrsK20141004 Member Posts: 494 Member Member Posts: 494 Member
    Bump to save and read later
  • jamaicanladyjamaicanlady Member Posts: 843 Member Member Posts: 843 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. :)

    Annnnd this is silly. Lifting as you lose weight will help you retain the muscle you have, help you become stronger, and improve your fitness. More than that you can certainly do it while lowering your bodyfat and seeing great results. I will demonstrate with a tasteful photo collage (I spend a lot of time playing on my phone...)

    8QTdiAq.jpg?1



    There is no reason not to lift as you lose weight.

    I don't think that is what they are saying.

    They're saying "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".

    In other words, lift while you cut for strength and bone health (and to preserve muscle - they left that part out). Wait to build muscle, i.e. bulk until you get to low %BF. Which is the general recommendation so your gains are more LBM, less fat.

    Actually, if you're a newbie you can definitely do both, and why wouldn't you want to.
  • Spicer1Spicer1 Member Posts: 50 Member Member Posts: 50 Member
    I got on a program on Fitocracy doing reverse pyramid training, 3 days a week with a focus on lifting heavier and hitting personal records. I love a good goal and it's been very motivating to have weekly goals to aim for plus a PLAN when I go to the gym. Plans are great. Coupled with a diet that carb cycles, I've gotten very strong, lost 5 inches on my waist and 4 inches on my hips - I could not be happier!

    Best part:? It's all been a non scale victory! I HAVEN'T LOST A SINGLE POUND.

    Progress over 4 months:
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    You look fantastic! I can't believe you haven't lost even one pound!
  • schotasschotas Member Posts: 150 Member Member Posts: 150 Member
  • deezer602482deezer602482 Member Posts: 24 Member Member Posts: 24 Member
    Bump ......everyone looks great!
  • harphyharphy Member Posts: 290 Member Member Posts: 290 Member
    After just two and a half months of Stronglifts 5x5. Lost -3 kg, but 2 clothes sizes in a year.

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  • _SoundWave__SoundWave_ Member Posts: 228 Member Member Posts: 228 Member
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    this is 136 lbs down with lifting weights and heavy weights at that! they don't bulk you but infact lean you up!
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