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APPLECAKES1977 SparkPoints: (20,166)
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8/11/12 11:51 P

Thank you so much! I will check it out.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
8/11/12 5:20 P

I love my resistance bands. I would check out the videos here for some workout. They sure have done good things for me. I include them with my lifting weighs.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (78,802)
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8/11/12 3:39 P

Skin problems are different, if your skin has lost elasticity, you may still have too large skin even if you have strong muscles.

However, strength training is good for fat loss and to maintain after reaching the goal weight. There are other benefits like strong bones. Best way to strength train is to lift weights. But if you have never done it, you would like to consider first some body weight exercises.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (197,072)
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8/11/12 3:25 P


Have you checked out the fitness section ? Coach Nicole has a bunch of short 10-15 minute strength workouts you can do at home. All you'd need are some hand weights or a set of resistance bands. Those are a good way to ease into a regular strength training program.

A couple of books you might consider getting from the library would be

Bill Phillps Body for Life
the New Rules of Lifting for Women

Both are good beginner strength training books that will help you learn the basics.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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8/11/12 11:32 A

Agreed about JM's stuff being more cardio than strength. She doesn't use challenging weights, and the end result is more challenging cardio than strength. You can also invest in some inexpensive resistance bands (cheap and versatile) and do full-body training without a huge investment. The workout generator here's really great for designing programs. :)

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
8/11/12 5:01 A

While there may be weights, JM's stuff is really more cardio. I'd suggest a three times a week full body program. Squats, dead lifts, bench, bent over rows and over head press. Use a weight that fatigues you in 8-12 reps for 2-3 sets. I love free weights, but that can be expensive to set up at home, if you aren't going to a gym. Many people here extol the virtues of resistance bands, and they're fairly inexpensive, so you might start there.

APPLECAKES1977 SparkPoints: (20,166)
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8/11/12 4:50 A

I've been exercising 3-4 days a week and it's all been cardio..either treadmill or recumbent bike for an hour at a time. I want to incorporate other exercises to strengthen muscles and not have skin sag. What do you recommend? I have the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred dvd. Is that too ambitious for beginners?


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