I appreciate your response but as a trainer I am sure you recognize that there is no way lifting heavier weights is ALWAYS better for EVERYONE in every single medical condition. It is simply not true. Again using the same example of pregnancy here is a direct quote from babycenter:
"* Use lighter weights, more reps. To avoid overloading joints already loosened by increased levels of the hormone relaxin during pregnancy, use lighter weights and do more repetitions instead. If you usually do leg presses with 30 pounds for 8 to 12 repetitions, try 15 pounds for 15 to 20 reps. Or if you typically do a chest press with 15 pounds for 8 to 12 reps, try 8 pounds for 15 to 20 reps."
Of course there will be women who lifted way heavier weights pre-pregnancy that can continue lifting heavier weights while pregnant but BEGINNERS probably shouldn't...
Again, for pregnant women the rate of perceived exertion (RPE) is also supposed to only be between a 4-6 (see Sparkpeople's babyfit site article here for a reference: http://babyfit.sparkpeople.com/articles.as
p?id=51&page=1 ). This means you should be able to talk (though not on a cell phone!
And these are far from the only websites or medical opinions that tells pregnant women to not to over do it when it comes to exercise.
Just for the record, I do not personally work out this way (light weights) but this is a big community with lots of different people are different stages of fitness and with varying medical concerns and we should respect one another. I just wanted to speak up for anyone who may be reading these posts and feeling bad about the way they exercise -- even though it is right for them.
I hope that this doesn't offend anyone. I mean well!
P.s. The body producing a "copious amount of sweat" is the result of increased body temperature which is the result of calories being burned for fuel for your muscles.
Edited by: GKASHMIRA at: 4/5/2013 (18:38)