Females only - lifting/weight training results?

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  • stephaniek511
    stephaniek511 Posts: 86 Member
    Alright ladies, joining in here - I've always been a cardio hound (swimming, mainly) but as I age, appreciate the need for weights. I've started Strong Curves just this week with my (please don't laugh) 3lb dumbells. I'd really prefer not to join a gym, at least until things get more back to normal...so I welcome pointers on upping my game over the next few weeks.
  • Ara_the_halfelven
    Ara_the_halfelven Posts: 21 Member
    Alright ladies, joining in here - I've always been a cardio hound (swimming, mainly) but as I age, appreciate the need for weights. I've started Strong Curves just this week with my (please don't laugh) 3lb dumbells. I'd really prefer not to join a gym, at least until things get more back to normal...so I welcome pointers on upping my game over the next few weeks.

    I wouldn't dream of laughing, when I started training I could only manage wall push ups and doorway pulls. We all start somewhere. I would recommend you start a proper beginners program. There are quite a few out there and they all tend to be very similar. I like the routines in WWW.AWORKOUTROUTINE.COM. The beginners program is free, but to make the most of it, you would be advised to get his Superior Muscle Growth document, it costs $37, so it's reasonable, but it explains how to progress, and discusses diet too.
  • Ara_the_halfelven
    Ara_the_halfelven Posts: 21 Member
    Alright ladies, joining in here - I've always been a cardio hound (swimming, mainly) but as I age, appreciate the need for weights. I've started Strong Curves just this week with my (please don't laugh) 3lb dumbells. I'd really prefer not to join a gym, at least until things get more back to normal...so I welcome pointers on upping my game over the next few weeks.

    I just wanted to add, that since you won't be starting with much equipment, exercises needing a bench can be done on the floor, and dumbbells can always be substituted for barbells initially.
  • mermaidthatlifts
    mermaidthatlifts Posts: 57 Member
    I've been training about 5 years. got really serious in the past year. add me for my progress pics! I love being inspired by others (:
  • stephaniek511
    stephaniek511 Posts: 86 Member
    Thank you @Ara_the_halfelven - I will check it out!

    I've started with Strong Curves as recommended on the weight lifting thread. It's been going well but I need to make some adjustments to that and figure out how to expand my access to equipment.
  • Turtlepower41
    Turtlepower41 Posts: 1 Member
    edited June 2021
    Not sure I'm normal? I'm 5ft 2. 48kg and consume nearly 4000 calories a day. I cycle around min 10 miles a day and 20 minutes on my mat for abs training daily/plus small weights. Recently added in protein shakes too...I'm naturally slim but wouldn't mind gaining 5 or 6 pounds but getting bored of constantly eating! It's exhausting. I have really good muscle tone...I had my thyroid checked too. Any tips?
  • saramelie77
    saramelie77 Posts: 50 Member
    Yay for strong womens!!! I'm absolutely not there yet, but I've been there before, lifting weights and looking damn good! So I'm going back to it soon. Give me a year and I'll post MY pictures!

    ((I used to weight 119 pounds, no muscles, undereating, and wear a size 11. Then, after lots of lifting and eating enough, I got to 139, wearing a size 7!! So at some point, with lifting, the weight on the scale doesn't matter so much, it's all about composition! But you all know this already. ))

  • lucytalbot94
    lucytalbot94 Posts: 27 Member
    Ladies you are all on fire you're that hawt! Definitely inspiration to start lifting!!
  • sonjamoore2
    sonjamoore2 Posts: 1 Member
    So, I had some pretty serious residual gastric symptoms for months after having Covid last September and got dangerously thin because I couldn’t keep any food down. I’ve always been a competitive athlete, races, bodybuilding, powerlifting, LawFIt, O-Course style races, you name it. I’ve been training for something since I was 17. And suddenly I couldn’t. I didn’t even know how to plan my week! I didn’t know what to do. I began having a reduction in symptoms early April, and as soon as I could keep a whole meal down I started lifting again. I broke 120 pounds this week and I’m ecstatic. I hope to compete in my next powerlifting meet next Spring. Here’s a photo of me last Easter, thinner than I’ve ever been, and my most recent “progress” photo.

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    Wow! That is absolutely amazing. A testament to not only your physical strength now but also the mental strength to get yourself back in the game.