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JDMAKEIT2HOT Posts: 8,458
11/18/12 12:37 P

Nancyanne nailed it! I feel so lost doing free weights, even stupid. Like I am doing it wrong.

I did hire a persnal trainer and our first session was all free weights.

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11/15/12 3:09 P

Not bad at all!!!!

11/15/12 2:18 P

@NA55: shhhhh,'s was a secret!

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11/14/12 8:33 P

DougDC- It's not my fault! I was sent here! emoticon

KillRBee- No disrespect taken. I appreciate the compliment! Not bad for birthing four kiddos, huh? :-) (But let me say I have worked REALLY HARD for it!) emoticon

GrafelRidgeBoy- Thank you! I've been saying for a long time that lifting makes most women look MORE feminine. The ones who start looking like guys with women's heads are on 'roids.

Edited by: NANCYANNE55 at: 11/14/2012 (20:34)
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11/14/12 7:33 P

This is one of those issues that I wish would get cleared Muscle burns fat so when you start to "bulk up" it is only because the muscles under the fat is getting larger but with the proper diet the fat will disappear and leave just the healthy muscles. Skinny girls look better when they lift also, it give them the curves...

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11/14/12 5:48 P

Women and weight lifting? Looking at Nancyanne55 profile (need I say more)! Please forgive me if I disrespected you ( I didn't mean too) -- Nancyanne. I just think you look amazing!

Edited by: KILLRBEE18 at: 11/14/2012 (17:50)
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11/14/12 5:34 P

Very interesting conversation for The Guys' Lounge.

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11/14/12 2:01 P

I've been lifting weights for 27 years and a personal trainer for 8. My experience isn't so much that women dislike lifting weights as it is that they simply don't know how. A majority of my clients are women who want to learn to lift- They feel lost and intimidated in the weight room. And since women tend to be more image-conscience and therefore afraid of looking like an idiot, they either stay away from lifting all together or stick with the machines that have the instructions on the sides.

Believe it or not, I have met more men who don't like lifting than women. They'd rather run or ride the bike. Women are figuring out that lifting improves their physique in a very feminine way and want to jump on board- They're just intimidated about how to go about it.

Edited by: NANCYANNE55 at: 11/14/2012 (14:01)
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11/14/12 10:57 A

OK, I suppose the definition of "bulk" is a bit ambiguous. I get visions of bodybuilders dancing in my head. I had this discussion previously and one woman claimed she was squatting 400-500 pounds. This doesn't happen by accident, even for men.

11/14/12 10:39 A

I'm giggling at the idea of myself as a "former hulk". Weeble maybe, but at 5'3" I don't think I meet the basic size requirement emoticon .

As for bulking up from weight training, I didn't get huge like those female bodybuilders who take steroids. I just found that my shoulders, biceps, laterals etc. were getting bigger than I wanted them to be. Lumpy, rather than lean. More like a swimmer's body than a dancer's body. Didn't like it, cut out the weight lifting.

Perhaps my trouble was eating too much while lifting, but it seems to go away when I use body-weight instead of weights.

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11/14/12 9:50 A

Bulk comes from eating a surplus, not from weight training. Weight training signals the body to favor excess as muscle creation over fat storage. Or in a deficit scenario, signals the body to preserve muscle and burn fat.

I've participated in so many of these types of threads and inevitably we always get a former hulk in here. I've never actually met a man or woman that accidentally got overly muscular and said "oh sh1t ... oh no" and had to diet all of that muscle off.

Paint me skeptical.

11/14/12 9:28 A

Bill, I think you're right that a lot of women hate lifting, possibly because it's not perceived as feminine. It's loud and scary, and sweaty, and you make funny faces when you do it. So many of us girls are foever conscious of how we look when we're doing things, that a lot of us can't imagine doing something that makes us look messy.

It's also intimidating, which scares off some of the less image-conscious girls. I remember the first time I went to work out at the athlete's gym at university (rather than the fashion gym at the other end of campus). Little ol' me in my powder blue legwarmers, surrounded by a bunch of MASSIVE football players and other varsity athletics types. I was terrified. Literally quaking in my colour-coordinated shoes. But they were so kind to me -- setting up my barbells, teaching me how to lift properly, spotting me so I didn't drop anything on myself.

And I learned a lot about working out with weights. And one of the things I did learn is that I AM one of those women who gets very bulky from lifting heavy weights. And I'm too short to carry it off -- when I'm that bulky I look like a fire-plug.

So I rely on body-weight training for strength work. Pushups, planks, pullups, etc. No weights at all. And (except for the mummy-tummy, which I'm working very hard to get rid of), I'm pretty ripped, without being bulky.

So yes, I think a lot of women don't want to, but some of us just shouldn't.

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11/14/12 8:12 A

My honest opinion. I think the majority of women HATE real lifting (i.e. not pink dumb bell crap). While trying to explain to women (and men) that it's the single best thing you can do for your fitness, I'm met with really weak excuses at every turn. I think the "I don't wanna get bulky" is just another lame, unfounded excuse that they latch onto.

11/14/12 6:39 A

Good question, I'm not sure. Seems to me this idea is probably the most debunked myth in the fitness world. I don't think you can thumb through an issue of Shape or Fitness or any of the other mags for women without reading at least one article that extolls the virtues of lifting while easing the fear of looking "manly."

11/13/12 4:20 P

Her fears of getting massive and manly looking faded.

I talked my gf into weightlifting/strength training about a year ago or so. Before then she had already started to lose weight through healthy eating and cardio but she wanted to look "toned" but not massively and manly ripped. She said that if she started to lift she'd start to manly.......LOL!

Once I explained to her that she didn't have the testosterone to get ripped she started to lift heavier and now she is thin and "toned". She wants to go heavier and is gradually increasing her lifts and not bulging traps or biceps just solid back, shapely arms & shoulders and tiny waist.

Why do women think weightlifting for them may make them manly looking?

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