HALP! Heavy Lifting Made Me SUPAH Bulky!!!

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  • amioc
    amioc Posts: 175 Member
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  • amioc
    amioc Posts: 175 Member
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    Been lifting heavy since June, and this is the longest and most consistent I’ve ever been with going to the gym.

    Started cutting calories one month ago and took a before picture. Took a progress picture this morning and I can actually see a difference! I’ve only lost 4 lbs so far… lifting works!

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    Looking forward to another progress pic in a month… always been a forum lurker but had to contribute to my favorite thread!

    Fantastic results 💪
  • Yiche912
    Yiche912 Posts: 6,459 Member
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    You look amazing! Keep up the great work.
  • springlering62
    springlering62 Posts: 7,788 Member
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    Bumpity bump. Ladies who lift! Need new before/after pics. Don’t be shy!
  • springlering62
    springlering62 Posts: 7,788 Member
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    @amioc Is that a new profile pic? Share that win, honey!
  • MelissaLu1216
    MelissaLu1216 Posts: 17 Member
    edited January 2022
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    Hi everyone! I'm going to be joining the gym in a few months after a 3 year hiatus. I used to love weight lifting (I was 165lbs at that time) but didn't get much results other than strength (which is great don't get me wrong!). This time around I want to actually get fit.

    Anyone have any tips? I'm 5'5 @ 195lbs. Gained a lot over the last few years sadly. I know my main goal is to lose weight but I've always heard I should be weightlifting at the same time and I should still lift heavy. I found it harder last time to stay in a deficit while weight lifting because I was always hungry :D
  • ossentia
    ossentia Posts: 96 Member
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    My first post! Have been stalking for a long time..and love this thread..wanted this to be my first. Its a very old before pic..and a new pic I had to take..as I couldnt beleive I could actually see leg muscles lol. I've always had tree trunk legs..so it's a big nsv for me :blush:kumdyfnjkmcs.jpg
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    Wow! Truly impressive.
  • IheartPGH
    IheartPGH Posts: 39 Member
    edited February 2022
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    Blue Lotus tea is awesome.
  • IheartPGH
    IheartPGH Posts: 39 Member
    edited February 2022
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    amioc wrote: »
    If I just lift weights and don’t change my diet would I still get good results and loose inches? I’ve started lifting again and it’s going great 😊 I love it and I’m pretty much back to the strength I was before I stoped over lockdown and various illnesses 😀. I already feel a bit less wobbly. I just can’t stick to healthy eating for long because I’m weak in regards to food 😕. I want to loose weight so badly so why can’t I stick to the food side of things 🤷‍♀️ Which is why I’m asking if I will still loose inches without a clean diet? Any advice would be much appreciated 🙏

    Abs are made in the kitchen. You can train like an animal, but the diet has to be clean for the results to show. Sure, you'll look better and feel better in terms of strength, but you can't forget about what's under the skin. Your heart and overall health in-general benefit from a clean diet. You may lose, but it will be minimal. You're concerned with weight after just admitting that you've dealt with various illnesses. Well, a healthy diet will help that tremendously! Why not? That should be the question you're asking.
  • smrsfaith
    smrsfaith Posts: 7 Member
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    Following!
  • teamhugcpt
    teamhugcpt Posts: 24 Member
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    cppeace wrote: »
    You all are so inspiring! I've been interested in lifting for a long time. With my stiff wrists though don't think there's a lot I can do. I do my Total Gym for now and love it. Keep it going!

    *IF* you want to try lifting (it sounds like you do, but if you're happy with what you're doing now, don't let us talk you into changing!), one thing you could try is practicing the moves with a broomstick. It won't be as challenging*, but you can build mobility and practice good form without putting any load on your wrists.

    Then if that doesn't bother your wrists, you can try gradually increasing the weight. If you have gym access, they probably have a selection of barbells and weighted fitness bars (training bars?) from 10 to 45 lbs. These are also available on Amazon or Walmart pretty cheaply, assuming you have somewhere to store them. :P

    * (That said, a REALLY full-depth bodyweight squat is no joke.)
  • tiffanylacourse
    tiffanylacourse Posts: 2,985 Member
    edited August 2022
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    valspaeth wrote: »
    This thread has always been a HUGE inspiration to me and I have always wanted to be able to post here. I have started heavy lifting before, but this is the first time I've stuck with it long enough to see significant results. I know my results aren't nearly as dramatic as some, but I'm very happy so far! I am 5'1" and started counting calories, lifting, and walking on 1/1/21. I am following Stronglifts 5x5 and using a home gym that my husband and I built. My starting weight was 213.6 and my current weight is 187. I would like to get down to 130 and then I'll reevaluate, but I'd much rather be strong and healthy than skinny! Here are some progress photos so far: bha4pmvaaa0h.jpg
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    @valspaeth - how are you doing? Your transformations are SO inspiring!
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