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HALP! Heavy Lifting Made Me SUPAH Bulky!!!

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  • tmitchellhtmitchellh Member Posts: 20 Member Member Posts: 20 Member
    Wow I love all these pics and how amazing you can look from lifting. Thank you for sharing!

    I have been increasing weights for a year, but for women how much do you lift/increase on various machines??? I know everybody is different, but ballpark. FYI I am meeting with a trainer next week, but I never know if I am doing enough/too much.

    I've got a lot to lose, but oddly over the last year or two even though I haven't had a dramatic weight loss or even INCHES I look different/better. WTH?? :huh:

    Speak with your trainer about getting off of the machines and doing compound lifts. Machines isolate muscle groups but compound lifts with free weights enable your body to function exactly the way it is designed to - - rather than in the one or two degrees of freedom than the engineer's designed the machines to isolate.

    Thanks, what about (excuse me for not knowing the correct name lol) the machines that are cabled? It seems like I can get a lot of ROM on those? I also work at a hospital and closely with a group of radiologists so I've been chatting with one of the docs who is very into lifting about things to try as well. He totally agrees that one will never lose weight unless you replace fat with muscle, not by dieting or exercising (alone), only by weight lifting and smart eating.
  • carissar7carissar7 Member Posts: 184 Member Member Posts: 184 Member
    WOWWWW~~~!!!! How does one get started with a lifting program? I see things on the internet of course but have no idea how to do the exercises because they have names only, what weights are required, etc. Anyone point me in the right direction???? Do I have to buy a program or are there free workouts online? Looks like Stronglifts 5 x 5 requires a membership? 5/3/1 talks about weight lifting like I should know what they mean. :(


    I was in the same stage as you are now before I started lifting. I knew what workouts to do but didn't know HOW to do them, I was afraid of looking stupid. I highly recommend stronglifts. It does not require a membership, you don't have to pay anything. If you want to read the PDF file they send you telling you all about the program then you just put your email into their list and they send it to you (it's very long and kinda boring TBH). If you don't want to do that, a quick internet search will tell you what you need to do and there is tons of threads on here explaining the workouts. It's really very simple. There's also a 'stronglifts 5x5 for women' group on here that you can join too. You can then research proper form for the lifts or have someone with more experience help you if you go to a gym.
  • salgalbpsalgalbp Member Posts: 221 Member Member Posts: 221 Member
    Thank you for posting. You ladies are STUNNING!
  • CrankstrCrankstr Member Posts: 4,070 Member Member Posts: 4,070 Member
    Wow I love all these pics and how amazing you can look from lifting. Thank you for sharing!

    I have been increasing weights for a year, but for women how much do you lift/increase on various machines??? I know everybody is different, but ballpark. FYI I am meeting with a trainer next week, but I never know if I am doing enough/too much.

    I've got a lot to lose, but oddly over the last year or two even though I haven't had a dramatic weight loss or even INCHES I look different/better. WTH?? :huh:

    Also, i just wanted to mention I started at 40, so anyone out there can do this at any age!

    I am not a fan of machines...compound lifts are your friend and give the most BANG for your buck!

    Ask the trainer about this: http://startingstrength.wikia.com/wiki/The_Starting_Strength_Novice/Beginner_Programs

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  • jonilynn70jonilynn70 Member Posts: 147 Member Member Posts: 147 Member
    Thank you very much. It is definitely overwhelming to try to get started - I do not belong to a gym. I appreciate your advice!!
    WOWWWW~~~!!!! How does one get started with a lifting program? I see things on the internet of course but have no idea how to do the exercises because they have names only, what weights are required, etc. Anyone point me in the right direction???? Do I have to buy a program or are there free workouts online? Looks like Stronglifts 5 x 5 requires a membership? 5/3/1 talks about weight lifting like I should know what they mean. :(


    I was in the same stage as you are now before I started lifting. I knew what workouts to do but didn't know HOW to do them, I was afraid of looking stupid. I highly recommend stronglifts. It does not require a membership, you don't have to pay anything. If you want to read the PDF file they send you telling you all about the program then you just put your email into their list and they send it to you (it's very long and kinda boring TBH). If you don't want to do that, a quick internet search will tell you what you need to do and there is tons of threads on here explaining the workouts. It's really very simple. There's also a 'stronglifts 5x5 for women' group on here that you can join too. You can then research proper form for the lifts or have someone with more experience help you if you go to a gym.
  • pecantan09pecantan09 Member Posts: 40 Member Posts: 40
    Nice job and way to kill the myth about heavy lifting!!!!
  • SlimsLiftingMoreThanLipstickSlimsLiftingMoreThanLipstick Member Posts: 124 Member Member Posts: 124 Member
  • SlimsLiftingMoreThanLipstickSlimsLiftingMoreThanLipstick Member Posts: 124 Member Member Posts: 124 Member
    Same here!

    Dang slim you look great in those profile photos yourself - incidentally you also look like you could be Leaky's sister.

    Thanks! You never know, my dad got around. LOL Just kidding!
  • caseythirteencaseythirteen Member Posts: 956 Member Member Posts: 956 Member
    Thanks, what about (excuse me for not knowing the correct name lol) the machines that are cabled? It seems like I can get a lot of ROM on those? I also work at a hospital and closely with a group of radiologists so I've been chatting with one of the docs who is very into lifting about things to try as well. He totally agrees that one will never lose weight unless you replace fat with muscle, not by dieting or exercising (alone), only by weight lifting and smart eating
    I think those have their place and I use them for things like lat pulldowns and tricep pushdowns but for the core compound moves (squats, deadlifts, over head press, rows and chest press), the best is free weights. Get under that barbell!
  • PetulantOnePetulantOne Member Posts: 2,280 Member Member Posts: 2,280 Member
    Oh look, heavy lifting made me bulky, too!


    No heavy lifting, after losing 23 lbs:
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    One month of heavy lifting, 5/3/1 program
    The weight difference from the first to second photo is one pound.

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    1 pound!! That is just amazing!
  • tmitchellhtmitchellh Member Posts: 20 Member Member Posts: 20 Member
    :laugh:
    Wow I love all these pics and how amazing you can look from lifting. Thank you for sharing!

    I have been increasing weights for a year, but for women how much do you lift/increase on various machines??? I know everybody is different, but ballpark. FYI I am meeting with a trainer next week, but I never know if I am doing enough/too much.

    I've got a lot to lose, but oddly over the last year or two even though I haven't had a dramatic weight loss or even INCHES I look different/better. WTH?? :huh:

    Also, i just wanted to mention I started at 40, so anyone out there can do this at any age!

    I am not a fan of machines...compound lifts are your friend and give the most BANG for your buck!

    Ask the trainer about this: http://startingstrength.wikia.com/wiki/The_Starting_Strength_Novice/Beginner_Programs

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    THANKS! Actually we just got this getfit tool at work where it lets you create your own workout calendar by goals so I put fat loss/gain muscle/strength training and voila it gave me a work out each day using a lot of free weights and only like one machine so I can use that along with whatever the trainer gives me. I'm going to take a gross disgusting before picture before I start this new regime. I'm kind of glad I didn't do this a couple years ago (the picture) because if its bad now it was horrible then
  • PetulantOnePetulantOne Member Posts: 2,280 Member Member Posts: 2,280 Member
    SQUAT, BEEP!!! (rhymes with witch)



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    They need to have a jaw drop smily. You look amazing!
  • LovingCruzLovingCruz Member Posts: 640 Member Member Posts: 640 Member
    WOW!!!! You look Awesome!!
  • Cr01502Cr01502 Member Posts: 3,627 Member Member Posts: 3,627 Member
    Well done ladies. You all look amazing.

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  • TheApocalypseTheApocalypse Member Posts: 319 Member Member Posts: 319 Member
    Oh look, heavy lifting made me bulky, too!


    No heavy lifting, after losing 23 lbs:
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    One month of heavy lifting, 5/3/1 program
    The weight difference from the first to second photo is one pound.

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    Damn, N.... you win the internet...
  • KekibirdKekibird Member Posts: 1,122 Member Member Posts: 1,122 Member
    Amazing! Keep it up girl!
  • gonnamakeanewaccountgonnamakeanewaccount Member Posts: 642 Member Member Posts: 642 Member
    You look absolutely amazing. Wow. Huge difference! :smile:
  • 6550mom6550mom Member Posts: 206 Member Member Posts: 206 Member
    love LOVE L-O-V-E this thread. It's just what I was looking for today.

    I'm doing SL5X5, but really just started. Doing Insanity, I dropped weight and inches consistently. But, I just can't sustain that kind of cardio 6 days a week. I wish I loved cardio/running, but I don't. I love lifting.

    So, thank you all for taking the time to post your before and after to let me know to trust in the process because I was seriously thinking it wouldn't work for me (*special snowflake syndrome) or that I needed to cut calories more or some other previously held notion of how to achieve the body I want.

    You all rock!
  • Rubie81Rubie81 Member Posts: 720 Member Member Posts: 720 Member
    You guys all look amazing! Excellent work.
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