Females only - lifting/weight training results?



  • AusEliza
    AusEliza Posts: 60 Member
    WOW! some amazing results here. I know what my goal is, to add to this thread!! :)
  • PaulaKro
    PaulaKro Posts: 4,802 Member
    I'm a newbie who just started lifting in December. At 61 years old and after losing 125 pounds, I really need some tone. Already it has become apparent that there is muscle in my upper arm. This is a new discovery. My husband has warned me not to become addicted, but it feels so good! :laugh:

    This thread is motivating me to take "before" pictures. Hopefully someday I'll be able to post successful comparisons.

    Thanks to all for the inspiration!
  • DianeinCA
    DianeinCA Posts: 307 Member
    IN for the reminder of how life-changing lifting can be!
  • In and hopefully able to join in fab 'after ' photos soon!
  • ironchick84
    ironchick84 Posts: 27 Member
  • PaulaKro
    PaulaKro Posts: 4,802 Member
    To get help in getting started:

    There isa thread called "female weight lifting questions" you can search to find it, and there are some references there. Also, you can search for programs on YouTube. Jillian Michaels has some that feature women.
  • 33Freya
    33Freya Posts: 468 Member
    You ladies are the bomb!! Talk about inspiration!! I try to do heavy weights, and then I don't get results as fast as I would like to see and I end up getting back into my cardio routine again. So please enlighten me.......

    What program are you using to have such great success??

    I have about 30 lbs I would like to lose. So what type of caloric defecit should I keep??

    How many days a week can I do heavy weights?? I play hockey one day a week, so should I add any more cardio??

    For those of you using kettlebells, is that your entire workout?? Or do you do other weights in addition to that??

    Sorry for all the questions. Thanks for all your help and motivation though!!

    Bodybuilding.com has all kinds of Free lifting programs. I'm on the Jamie Eason Livefit program and loving it. Good luck to you!!
  • katylil
    katylil Posts: 223 Member
  • karri82
    karri82 Posts: 56 Member
    Wow congrats to all you ladies with amazing results can I ask though what kind of exercises your doing to gets those results, my husbands got some free weights and weight bench I can use but don't know where to start
  • corrinnecareens
    corrinnecareens Posts: 1 Member
    Hi : )
    Your question reminded me of my trainer's sheer horror when I expressed my concern over "bulking up" too much. Her response was that the majority of women / men that exhibit CONSIDERABLE bulk (like the Hulk) rely on steroids.

    I have only been weight training since August 2013 (from 2 hours a week to my current 3 hours and I have to say that I am seeing more defined muscle tone. Lean, strong muscle is more important than bulk.

    BTW I know this sounds ridiculous but none of my skirts fit me anymore which was very DISCONCERTING at first because of the cost of tailoring. However, I don't want to stop when I have not reached my full potential, especially given my bloodwork, i.e. cholesterol, glucose, muscle enzymes levels, came back stellar!.

    Personal trainer until this upcoming August and then it will be time to leave the nest and apply everything I have learned on my own.
  • Dboggs166
    Dboggs166 Posts: 55 Member
    Everyone in this thread is amazing! I started lifting two months ago because of the inspiration from other women on MFP. I can't wait to share my before and after. Thanks to everyone.
  • Happymom83
    Happymom83 Posts: 405 Member
    Everyone looks amazing! Question for those lifting...Did you use a personal trainer, or do it on your own?
  • supermodelchic
    supermodelchic Posts: 550 Member
    Please lift weights, it is the best thing you can do for yourself. I use to be a power lifter from ages 17-24, heavy stuff to no pansy weights. Then after the birth of my 1st son , I did more main stream bodybuilding . Now at almost 50 , I have retained a good amount of muscle, educate yourself , read everything you can. goodluck
  • time4kim2014
    time4kim2014 Posts: 85 Member
    Bump for inspiration!
  • bump, because I will ALWAYS come back here and remember why I'm lifting
  • bump!
  • Bluepopsicle_25
    Bluepopsicle_25 Posts: 62 Member
    Holy balls!! Look at all of you fine ladies!!

    I have seen threads like this before, and I keep thinking I need to start lifting too, as the results are undeniably amazing. I am intimidated though because I have NO idea where to start. After going through all 9 pages of this thread I think it is time to put the excuses to rest and take the plunge!!

    Thank you for all of the inspiration :flowerforyou: :love: :flowerforyou:
  • Jenky85
    Jenky85 Posts: 190 Member
    Bump because I'm just starting out and looking for the inspiration :)