I'm starting stage 1!

I'm starting stage one this week and was wondering if anyone else was starting out or recently started that would like to do a buddy system with me?

If anyone has tips for starting out they would be much appreciated :)


  • whizzlers
    whizzlers Posts: 101 Member
    I will hun - I started week one this week. Tomorrow will be my third session. xx
  • rengb6
    rengb6 Posts: 11 Member
    I'll join to if it isn't to late! I start next week. I've never lifted weights so this should be interesting. Are you guys upping your calories? I usually eat between 1200 and 1400 but the program is telling me to eat 1826 on non-workout days and 2055 on workout days. I'm not sure if I'm actually going to eat all of that.
  • bridgetn85
    bridgetn85 Posts: 24 Member
    I'd love to buddy up - I started 3 weeks ago and just finished Stage 1A 4. I've upped my calories to 1500 and usually up to 1700 on days I work out.
  • LizLearnstoRun
    LizLearnstoRun Posts: 57 Member
    I would love a buddy for this. I am starting today and am a bit scared honestly
  • mayaysf
    mayaysf Posts: 70 Member
    I would love a buddy for this. I am starting today and am a bit scared honestly

    Hi, I'd love to buddy up too. Feel free to add me. I had my first try yesterday, checking the gyms, weights, etc. it was hard, 1st gym epic failure, 2d gym a bit better. still have so many questions.
    I'm super excited and super SCARED all at the same time.
  • LizLearnstoRun
    LizLearnstoRun Posts: 57 Member
    Thank you so much!
  • mnsmov15
    mnsmov15 Posts: 277 Member
    I started today! Did my day1 workout 1 !! Would love to buddy up and see how we progress :)
  • LizLearnstoRun
    LizLearnstoRun Posts: 57 Member
    Finished my first day yesterday. The step ups kicked my *kitten*. I have no balance! I am worried I used to light a weight because im not super sore this morning. The BF did laugh at me wondering around the gym with a book but whatever. How did everyone's first day go i wonder?
  • bananahb33
    bananahb33 Posts: 28 Member
    I'd like to join!!

    My first workout was Monday. I feel like everything is pretty straight forward. Did anyone else feel absolutely ridiculous doing the prone jackknife? :ohwell:

    Also, I would be interested to know what weights everyone is starting out with. I'm not trying to start a competition, I'm just curious because I was and am really unsure where I should be. To start I did squats with the just the bar, which was not enough for me, but the balance element was tricky so I started low. I was at 35 for the seated row, which I fell like I could go up a little, and 25 for the Step Up which I definitely need to raise. I didn't feel anything yesterday but I'm a little sore today, I think mostly from the Push Ups.

    Can't wait to hear how everyone else is doing. :wink:
  • mayaysf
    mayaysf Posts: 70 Member
    @mnsmov15 - How do you feel about your first workout? Ready for B1?

    @bettie haha that was me on Monday at the first gym I checked, walking around with a book, pen, and sheet of paper. People thought I was crazy probably. So at the 2nd gym I didn't bring the book in, I remembered what I had to try anyways. I also didn't feel sore at first, and I was thinking, maybe because I was basically trying out the equipment. Yesterday I started to feel sore but I did my Insanity Max Ply (aka, push ups) and OMG. This morning I'm sore, I'm walking like a robot, going down the stairs I was afraid I'd fall down. About the step ups, I got the same problem, NO BALANCE (despite practicing gymnastics for so long).
  • mnsmov15
    mnsmov15 Posts: 277 Member
    @mayaysf: I did feel ok doing them yday. the prone jackknife was hard for me. But I am little sore today and feel like I am about to sit down :) I was very hungry in the evening too last night, after a couple hours of the workout.

    @bananahb33: Welcome! 3 of us have started this week, and you can chime in your experiences too!
    Sure, I started the squats with just the bar too. Rows 55lb and I am sure I can go up in next workout. Step ups, I started slow with 2 10lb DB and I should be going up - felt I could handle more.
    Push ups are always the hardest for me, I always do knee push ups and can never get beyond 8-10 without stopping. I did incline push ups yesterday on a step - and they were way harder!
    The prone jackknife felt tough - as in I kept falling off the ball :P

    It will be fun to find out where we all are and keep encouraging each other!
  • LizLearnstoRun
    LizLearnstoRun Posts: 57 Member
    I manged 30 for the squat and only 10 for the step up. Not sure about the row weight was not labeled in a way i understood
  • mayaysf
    mayaysf Posts: 70 Member
    @bananahb33 - I started the squats with an empty bar in a smith machine and OMG, it was hard. For the row machine I did it with 40lbs and again, it was hard, I don't know if I should go up or do another round with the same weight.
    push ups, i'm not even sure, Insanity has me doing all kinds of crazy push ups, in the HIIT, so I might be able to do some decent amount.
    step ups I didn't even try it, I'm not sure how high should the bench be? can I use the usual lifting bench people use? I'm so scared of injuring myself.
    I also tried the wide grip lat pulldown with 40lbs, and again, it was hard. so I guess I will give it another try with that weight when the time comes...
  • jilliangetsit
    jilliangetsit Posts: 97 Member
    I'm starting today! I'm going to follow this thread :) I currently eat between 1200-1400 calories a day and up to 1700 on workout days. I think I'm going to avg between 1500-1700 starting out and make modifications to my intake as my energy levels become more obvious to me - My diary is open and I'd be happy to network with all of you guys ! Cheers to women! Viva la strong ladies!
  • Trundlegate
    Trundlegate Posts: 52 Member
    Hello can I join in with the party. I am on my 5th lot of A and B next week. I have had most of this week off as I hurt my back doing bent over pull up thingies or whatever they are called!!

    I am really enjoying it and am desperate to get back to it. I am amazed that in just two weeks it has made me feel so emotionally good.

    When we talk weights is there any chance we could mention whether it is lb or kg as I get very confused!!

    I use kg
  • mnsmov15
    mnsmov15 Posts: 277 Member
    @Trundlegate Please feel free to keep us all posted and you are welcome here! And generally we mention in lbs. I do at least.

    Friends, today I did my B workout 1.
    Deadlifts surpriced me as I tried 55lbs (2 - 5lb plates on the bar)
    Shoulder Press 10lb dumbbell * 2 was very hard :(
    Lat Pull down - 55lb
    Lunges with 12lb dumbbell *2 made me wince and sweat
    Ball crunches I found very easy, so did them with 10lb weight plate.

    Keep your workouts posted here if you like to keep tab.
  • mnsmov15
    mnsmov15 Posts: 277 Member
    Also wanted to mention - to all the new comers here - I found the spreadsheet and I am keeping my weights logged in there for increase reference and found lots of useful information from the facebook group - in case you did not know it already! :)
  • mayaysf
    mayaysf Posts: 70 Member
    Hi everybody! I'm happy to see so many of us starting. Please keep coming back and telling us about your progress.

    I usually write about pounds (lbs), no way I could lift that in kgs as a beginner hehe.

    Honestly I did not understand the workouts at first, the layout in the book was CONFUSING to say the least. luckly I found the spreadsheets in werkit, or something like that, and OMG, that made the whole difference. On my first day I went to the gym with the book but I think from now on all I'll need is the printed sheet for the day and maybe take some pics of the exercises on my phone.

    I also found the Strong Curves workout and free sample and I think I will just add the exercises that are different, to my workouts A and B.. I'm excited!
  • twinmom823
    twinmom823 Posts: 66 Member
    I just did workout A1!! Squat bar plus 25 on each side, seated row 70, full pushups, step ups with 15lb dumbbells and 15 reps of the jackknife. It went by so quick I felt like I did it wrong!!!

    How is everyone?? A litlte background on me, I'm a personal trainer, this workout is different then how I nomally train, so I'm excited to see results :) I'm a mom of twin boys who are 19 months and just train part time.

    Looking forward to getting to know all of you, Please add me :)
  • mayaysf
    mayaysf Posts: 70 Member
    and more ladies joining, this is exciting. congrats @twinmom and welcome, u did a great job! how long did it take u to finish the workout? i'm wondering uf i should do it in the mornings before going to work

    today i was feeling a bit down (personal issues), so i decided instead of eating a bunch of junk (old me), i jumped right into weightlifting. unfortunately today i did everything body weight (at home) + the butt workout... my butt still on fire!!