My Heavy Lifting Wife/ Progress

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mmapags
mmapags Posts: 8,934 Member
Here is a picture of my lovely wife. She began Starting Strength with my help back in mid July. She has always been small at 5'5" and 112 lbs so she didn't have to lose weight like most of us (I know, we hate her!! lol) But, she had little strength or muscle conditioning and little noticable muscle mass. She was at about 19% BF when she started. She is 53. She has been doing her workout only 2x per week.

Now she has great muscle development and has gone from kind of shapeless to having an awesome shape. The most noticable improvement has been wthat you can seen in her upper body in these pictures and in what you can't: her once saggy butt that is now smoking hot!! (trust me!!) All this after just 90 days. Also, her weight has actually gone up 6 lbs to 118.

I am very proud of her for accomplishment and very happy as her husband that she has taken charge of her health and that she look better than ever to me!! She also has a mild form of MS that affect mostly her right side. The compound lifts have been great for the development of the neural pathways to overcome the damage where she has scar tissue from past lesions that effect her balance and motor function. She just had a visit with her neurologist and her was thrilled with her condition right now.

So for all you ladies that are wondering about lifting, the result speaks for itself!
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  • Sarauk2sf
    Sarauk2sf Posts: 28,072 Member
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    OMG - she looks fantastic and its great to hear that there are other benefits of lifting other than looking hot. I know you already know - but you are one lucky guy - your wife is smokin'.
  • BinaryPulsar
    BinaryPulsar Posts: 8,927 Member
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    She is beautiful and such rapid progress. Thank you for sharing her very inspiring story, especially about the improvement with MS. I'm going to share that info with friends that also have MS.
  • mmapags
    mmapags Posts: 8,934 Member
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    OMG - she looks fantastic and its great to hear that there are other benefits of lifting other than looking hot. I know you already know - but you are one lucky guy - your wife is smokin'.

    You are correct Sara! And she is an even more beautiful person. I'm am blessed with the woman I got to marry!! :love:
  • DavPul
    DavPul Posts: 61,406 Member
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    You guys are awesome together! This is terrific. She's looking great already.
  • andeey
    andeey Posts: 709 Member
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    She looks phenomenal! Great progress. You two make an awesome team! =)
  • MoreBean13
    MoreBean13 Posts: 8,701 Member
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    Fantastic post!!! You are awesome for posting this and your wife looks unbelievable! Cheers to you both!
  • almc170
    almc170 Posts: 1,093 Member
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    She looks amazing, and it's especially great that she's seeing improvement in her MS! Thanks for sharing.
  • geekyjock76
    geekyjock76 Posts: 2,720 Member
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    At 53 years old, having 19% body fat while never lifting is really impressive. After what I've witnessed, exercise really helps with MS. We have a lady at our gym who started using the recumbent bike and compound lifts. At first, she could only last about 2 minutes on the bike - now she does about 30 minutes. She's also been increasing her lifts as well, and just like your beautiful wife, has surprised and pleased her doctors at her amazing progress.
  • danasings
    danasings Posts: 8,218 Member
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    3 months? Twice a week??? INCREDIBLE!! :D

    Very inspirational, my friend. She is beautiful, and you are a wonderful husband. Very blessed to have each other. Sooo great that lifting is helping her MS, too.
  • jennaworksout
    jennaworksout Posts: 1,739 Member
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    amazing!!! this gives me hope!!
  • DaveRCF
    DaveRCF Posts: 266
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    Great results and very interesting connection with MS and lifting. This was news to me. Looks like you both are really working hard to be active together for many, many years to come! Awesome.
  • fit4lifeUcan2
    fit4lifeUcan2 Posts: 1,458 Member
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    I also have MS so this is very encouraging. I have found that my balance first improved with yoga and once I got my balance back I was able to exercise in other ways. I can now ride a bike again and I do lift weights but not to that extent yet. One of the biggest problems I see in most people with MS is muscle atrophy. I have fought that for the past 15 years. Even when I was stuck in bed for 18 months unable to walk more than a few feet and couldn't keep my eyes open for more than 10 minutes I at least did stretching. My husband was my best source of support. If she is having problems walking I highly recommend a treadmill with good grab bars. And yes I used to hang on for dear life to keep from falling. I'm now able to jog which I never could do even before MS.

    I wish your wife much more success and continued improvement with her health. :flowerforyou:

    She looks fabulous!!!
  • mustgetmuscles1
    mustgetmuscles1 Posts: 3,346 Member
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    She looks amazing.
  • mmapags
    mmapags Posts: 8,934 Member
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    So, now with all your great feedback, I may have created a monster! lol

    She who was a little hesitant for me to put up a picture to begin with is now saying, "you could have included a lower angle to get my *kitten* into it. I was wearing yoga pants!!" :laugh: :laugh:
  • FullOfWin
    FullOfWin Posts: 1,414 Member
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    So, now with all your great feedback, I may have created a monster! lol

    She who was a little hesitant for me to put up a picture to begin with is now saying, "you could have included a lower angle to get my *kitten* into it. I was wearing yoga pants!!" :laugh: :laugh:

    Seconded
  • AmberJo1984
    AmberJo1984 Posts: 1,067 Member
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    I am so glad that lifting has been able to improve her MS. That is worth it all in itself. :)
  • fit4lifeUcan2
    fit4lifeUcan2 Posts: 1,458 Member
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    At 53 years old, having 19% body fat while never lifting is really impressive. After what I've witnessed, exercise really helps with MS. We have a lady at our gym who started using the recumbent bike and compound lifts. At first, she could only last about 2 minutes on the bike - now she does about 30 minutes. She's also been increasing her lifts as well, and just like your beautiful wife, has surprised and pleased her doctors at her amazing progress.

    Thats about how I started. Got a stationary bike and at first could only do 10 minutes but am up to 30 almost every day. I used to only be able to walk around the house and had to sit once I got to the next room. A lot to be said for persistence because now I walk at a fast pace for 30 minutes to an hour depending on the outside temps. The cooler the weather the longer I can walk. Heat is not the friend of people who have MS.

    I hope you do post more photos of your wife. I would love to see the full effects of her accomplishments. Top to Bottom! I bet she looks fantastic all around.
  • Barbellerella
    Barbellerella Posts: 1,838 Member
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    Awesome job wifey!! <3