By DonnaAnn Latest Reply 2008-07-24 23:54:17 -0500
Started 2008-07-21 22:26:43 -0500

does anyone here lift weights? I have started lifting 5 pound dumb bells. Instead of being dormant infront of TV I sit and watch and lift. But I am not very knowlegable about lifting. any one know a good book ?

Tags: weight loss

15 replies

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-24 13:54:50 -0500 Report

I don't have weights, but lift heavy grocery bags, 21 pound boxes of cat litter and my 23 pound Maine Coon cat!

DonnaAnn 2008-07-24 23:53:05 -0500 Report

grocery bags huh? well, as much as I hate grocery shopping that must be the bright side: I get a walk in and lifting!
I once read that if you do not have weights, you can lift soup cans, or any kind of can. But how do you strap a can of soup to your legs? Maybe put it between your legs and squeeze and lift, and squeeze and breath!
Thanks for the ideas, wonderful replies!

morris.js 2008-07-24 12:39:15 -0500 Report

Please remember to do some warming up and streching before you do any lifting routine. And always make sure you start off with light weights and more reps until you get built up a bit. Then you can add more as it becomes easier. Also afterwards, do a cool down exercise. If your into serious lifting, only lift every other day as your muscles need that day off in between to rebuild.
Take care, and if you use free wieghts, have a spotter to help if needed.

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JP - 14811 2008-07-24 13:50:30 -0500 Report

Good advice John. I started out really light with the weight machines and built up gradually. Once I could do a full set of 15 reps on a weight with no struggle, I added more weight until I had trouble doing the 15 reps again and them stayed there until it got easy etc… . I only do that every other day as you said and I walk the treadmill afterwards for 30 minutes listening to music and reading a magazine. :)

*Judy (JP)

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JP - 14811 2008-07-23 15:04:34 -0500 Report

I lift weights. I started in January of this year at the Y. I am now up to higher weights than I ever imagined I'd be able to do. I found out I have weak biceps so I'm only at 35 lbs there but rowing I can do 50lbs and my legs I can do 80lbs. I started out at 5 and 10 lbs and that was tiring but in just a few short months I've built up to this. I've noticed a big difference in my clothes. I haven't lost a lot of weight since the original 35 I lost but my clothes are all getting too BIG. I go shopping in my closet now! LOL
Having been on a weight loss roller coaster for years I have clothes of all sizes around here :)
So yeah I lift weights as well as swim and walk 5-6 days a week. I like to mix it up. When I swim I don't do weights, I save that for days when I'm walking and do the weights first and then zone out on the treadmill for a while.

Have fun!

GabbyPA 2008-07-23 23:28:14 -0500 Report

that is great JP. Muscle vs Fat is always an issue in weight, that is why I just let my clothing tell me the good news.
My husband and I are going to visit the local Y this weekend and see if the membership is affordable for us. We want to do something together and the pool is always a great option. We used to belong to a gym, but they added so much equipment that his wheelchair could not fit thru the equipment aisles, and when they faced it all toward the wall, he couldn't get to it at all. We were really disappointed by that. We spoke to the management, but they just said they needed more equipment and couldn't do anything about it, so when our membership ran out we never renewed.
I just want to have fun, lifting, walking, riding or swimming. If I am not enjoying it, I won't do it. Right now I am following the steps of the "No Excuse Exercise" disucssion listed on our site, and it has been working well. But I know as I increase my time, I will need to be doing it with more flexibility.

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JP - 14811 2008-07-24 03:28:36 -0500 Report

LOL I knew in my response I put my clothes are getting too small.. I meant they are getting too BIG!!! LOL

GabbyPA 2008-07-24 12:21:40 -0500 Report

I knew what you meant. Unless you were really pumping iron, I didn't really think your bicepts were popping out of your sleeves. LOL
My jeans are getting to look like the young kids who wear them around their butts...not a good look, but one I am glad to have for a while.

Connie4849 2008-07-24 12:34:46 -0500 Report

I lift weights at the Y. They have a coach that teaches members how to use the machines. I've lost weight, and I feel better. I'm 59 so I needed to build muscle. It works. Try it. I also highly recommend Tai Chi, Qigong. It gives me a mental and physical workout. It's very peaceful. Regards, Connie 4849 T2

GabbyPA 2008-07-22 12:18:12 -0500 Report

Books and DVD's are good, but nothing is better than someone to teach you and train you the propper way to do these things. Once you have the basics, adding thru books is helpful, but hands on is always best. A trainer or spotter can help you keep your posture and prevent you from hurting yourself. Sometimes you end up with no choice (I am searching for a Tai Chi class but not having any luck)
For strengthening and weight lifting type of exercise, I have found best success with Tony Little. He is not as freaky as Richard Simmons, but does a great workout that will tone you up well....gee, now I am thinking I need to see if I can find my tape. LOL

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Jonathan - 13553 2008-07-24 03:43:16 -0500 Report

A trainer is the best way to start. I've been working with one for over a year on a regular basis, and he does several things:

1. makes sure that I am working all muscle groups so that I don't become out of balance. He says lots of people do curls to build their biceps, but don't do anything to build their triceps, so they end up getting out of balance and are more prone to injury and strains.

2. makes sure that my posture is correct. Even a slight change in position or movement can make a huge difference in the effectiveness of a workout, such as giving the dumbell a slight inward twist as it is raised on a curl will change the muscles that are being used. Also, a trainer can make sure that the particular exercise you are doing is really working the muscles you want to target.

3. makes sure I am working towards my goals. I would feel really bad if all the working out I do does not give me the results that I want.

4. prevents me from hurting myself. This is key, because if I do something wrong and get hurt, I need time to recover and I lose my exercise time.

For books — try Yonger Next Year (I don't remember the authors). Really good about different types of exercises and the need for them. More an inspiration than a guide.

For exercises — try YouTube. Just search the type of exercise you are looking for. There are hundreds of clips.

GabbyPA 2008-07-24 12:23:09 -0500 Report

This is a great guide! I know that is why I want to take a class not just try things on my own. I learned how to stand for Tai Chi basics and it is amazing how much it helps my spine. You can't get those kinds of things from books.

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