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1/31/13 9:20 P

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I kind of need the reminder about strength. It's something I've really let slide just because the pounds have been staying off without it. (I dropped it in the first place only because of a family crisis -- but never managed to get back into the groove!)

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1/31/13 8:03 P

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Good article and so true in my opinion. Girls do just want to be thin and not strong. I for one love having some definition in my arms! I just wish the skin on my body would "tone up," too! emoticon

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1/31/13 8:24 A

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You are so right to be thankful to be happy and healthy. I am so thankful too. I am younger but am looking down the road. I am taking care of my Mom who is in her 80's with Alzheimer's and pray I will not become her in twenty plus years. Best wishes, Linda from bean town

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1/28/13 8:47 A

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Becky, I'm with you. With a little thought, life can be heavy and active. When you do all your own work, you save money as well as stay strong. Gotta do it while I can. My husband, 75 years old today, is already having a hard time going up and down stairs, and can't carry heavy weight anymore. Live long enough it can happen. Heavy as the buckets of kitty litter are, I'm glad I can still carry them. I'm glad I can still hoist some of my grandkids, two are already bigger than I am. I am grateful I can walk the parking lots and don't mind people who need to park close. I am grateful I can push heavy carts a long way while walking straight and tall. I'm grateful I can still do my own yard and housework. Live long enough and the day will come when I can't, so I happily do it while I can.

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1/28/13 8:28 A

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I felt really guilty about not doing strength training with weights until I realized the hefting of 50lb feed bags, turning and hoeing of gardens, and other heavy outdoor work(not to mention picking up 40lb grandkids and carrying them) was probably as much as most people do at the gym. That said, I wouldn't want to look like the photo of Jessica Ennis the had in the article. I prefer to look a softer as is the preference of my husband. Of course, considering I am not a professional athlete, I don't think I will have any trouble keeping a thicker layer of fat on my arms to hide my muscles.

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1/28/13 8:16 A

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I'd rather do the ST than the cardio. But the cardio will burn the calories that I need to burn off so the muscles show!

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1/27/13 8:58 P

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You are so right we need to use strength training as well as cardio exercise. Keep up the great work. Linda from bean town emoticon

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My high school best friend's mother (got that?) has always been my role model - at age 50 or so, mother of 5 and grandmother of 2, she could still pick up two bales of hay, one in each hand, and toss them into the trailer while her husband drove through the fields of their farm. I was impressed then - now that I'm that age, I'm amazed!

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1/23/13 4:56 P

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Great article I for one love strength training I never was afraid that i would get bulked up since I have been working out with weights I have less back pain and my joints don't hurt as much as they did before I started working out I have Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease ( RA) so I need ot protect my joints one way is by working out

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1/23/13 4:28 P

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Of course she didn't, that was the point of the article. The previous generations didn't have to strength train because life was sufficient enough to facilitate proper muscle mass. Now with our crash diets, desk jobs and women's fear that lifting weights will "make them bulky", muscle mass is at dangerously low levels.

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1/23/13 12:10 P

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The article compares us to our grandmothers, but I can guarantee that my grandmother never did situps. Or "strength train" in any way. She cleaned the milking equipment every morning and evening from the time she could carry a bucket. She did laundry by hand, grew and canned vegetables. She walked to church, but took a cart to town once a month for staples when they could afford them. It wasn't about lack of a gym.

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I agree with the other strength trainers! I ditched the cardio a year ago (except for outside activity-dog walks, skiing, biking, hiking) for weights and dropped 2 sizes! Not sure how "strong" I am now on those tables, but I do know I can do more push ups and sit ups than I could in college, where I studied Exercise Science! I want to be fit and strong, not thin.
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1/23/13 8:50 A

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Here are some interesting tables with regard to where one should be on strength standards.

www.exrx.net/Testing/WeightLifting/B
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www.exrx.net/Testing/WeightLifting/D
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www.exrx.net/Testing/WeightLifting/S
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So for example, a 132 pound female should be benching 85, squatting 110 and deadlifting 135 to be considered a "novice" which is one step above "untrained".

If you've been training for more than a year and you haven't hit novice or better, you might want to revisit your plan.

I found these charts pretty eye opening about 18 months ago. I realized I was far behind where I needed to be.

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1/23/13 8:35 A

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"Can you whisk eggs without your arms aching, or push a car that’s broken down?"

Why, yes I can, thank you very much. And I can do regular pushups. And my highest bench so far is 85 pounds. And, like Nell, I haul all the heavy purchases around, like big buckets of cat litter and 40-pound bags of rock salt (can't believe I used to carry the equivalent of two of those bags on my carcass).




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1/23/13 7:37 A

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What is a bicep contest? Never heard of those.

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1/23/13 7:15 A

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I'm with Tina and Oola - never worried about bulking up.
I was the sit-up champ in high school
Won a bicep contest at work one year
"That's a very well developed quadricep" said my doctor during a checkup.

Cardio, strength, balance, flexibility - Some I enjoy more than others, but I aim to improve in all of them.

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1/23/13 5:51 A

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I ain't afraid of no muscle either! I may not use weights at bodybuilder levels, but they're just as important a part of my routine, if not more, than cardio these days. They also mean that I get to weigh (and consequently eat) more and look like I'm much smaller.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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Makes sense. Though I have NEVER feared getting bulky muscles.

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Huh - interesting. Because I've always had muscle under the fat,and I've worked hard to maintain that - didn't realize the majority of women haven't figured out that we need to be strong too. (My girl students have always volunteered to carry the same heavy boxes as the boys, and I've always encouraged that too.)



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1/22/13 9:24 P

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The string sounds like torture to me, but I always get up from a chair without using my arms. I also get up from the floor with my legs and balance, no pulling or lifting with my arms. It's faster. I shop a lot, walk big stores, and carry all my shopping in and put it away, including the 30 pound buckets of cat litter to the basement. Whenever I see someone pushing a cart by leaning on it, it makes me want to walk straight up, shoulders back like Grandma told me. The side effect of that is making my profile look like it should: boobs stick out farther than my stomach. All from posture. It's just hard to remember to do it.

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1/22/13 9:23 P

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Very timely! I made a SP recipe for pumpkin spice pancakes yesterday and it called for beaten egg whites. Not wanting to dirty the mixer blades I decided to do it by hand. I distinctly remember a long ago cooking show where a female chef (Julia maybe?) did a competition between an electric mixer and hand beaten egg whites and it was, I think a tie, or else the hand beater actually won. So, remembering that, I grabbed my whisk and started beating the daylights out of those 3 whites! I ended up doing it in three or four sessions while my arms recovered! And I exercise every day, doing Curves probably 4-6 times a week, along with about 20-25 minutes of stretching every day. Granted I'm pushing 65, but I don't believe Julia was any spring chicken when that show was filmed! Really points out, at least for me, that strength training is lagging behind.

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1/22/13 8:17 P

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Warning: Daily Mail, which isn't the most credible news source to put it very nicely, however, I felt the message was important, especially for maintainers who are stuck on the scale or doing cardio instead of strength.

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2
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The "THREE EASY WAYS TO FIGHT BACK" is complete rubbish, but I largely agree with most of the headings.

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