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8/8/14 9:11 A

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I'm Margo and am 63 and trying to do something about the hanging old lady arm flab emoticon

I've always had "weak" arms and when I've tried to strengthen them they don't like it and I end up in physical therapy for 3 months, etc. and now I recently learned I have arthritis in both shoulders so I'm just going to tootle along and get back to doing incline pushups on my nicely carpeted townhouse stairs lifting this overweight self and trying to increase reps v-e-r-r-y slowly.

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Sounds like a good plan, ARTISTSBRUSH. Welcome to the team.

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7/20/14 3:44 A

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Hi there,
I'm 51, and just starting back up with I guess you'd call them bodyweight exercises. I'm too far from a gym. So I've started the C25K, and I'm about to start the pushup and squat challenges on alternating days with the walk/jog routine. I figure that will keep me busy. I've always been what I thought of as muscular although now I seem to have joint issues. Could be weight, could be inactivity, or a combination of the two. I seem to get tendonitis relatively easily. So... I'm easing into this (I hope) and figured using the apps for the push ups and squats would make this a no brainer way to build some muscle and improve my eventual running.

Megan

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6/1/14 7:59 A

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Nice to have you on the team, PARALEE

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5/30/14 5:30 P

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Yes! Instant feedback! We also know we are stronger because we feel stronger. I love to feel my muscles moving, even though they are hard to see right now. emoticon emoticon

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5/30/14 8:30 A

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Welcome PARALEE! Weight lifting is good because we know we are stronger when we can lift a heavier weight or do more reps.

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5/30/14 8:19 A

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I'm new to this team, just looking for a place that's active and encouraging! I like to lift weights, swing kettlebells, and do some bodyweight stuff. Mostly I just like to feel strong! I'm 54 and started lifting about 6 years ago. I've been less active for the past couple of years (insert long story here), but have been getting back to the gym on a more-or-less regular basis for the past 3 months. I know from past experience that I need accountability and companionship to keep my motivation up, so that's what I'm here for. :) Happy to provide the same for any and all of you.

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it has hands, it lays hold of me.
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5/17/14 12:19 A

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It's bodyweight, but maybe a 100 pushup challenge, or being able to move some multiple of your weight in a deadlift?

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5/11/14 8:13 P

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Hi, and Happy Mother's Day to all of you who are Moms, and to those who love a child/children as you would your own!! :)

I am losing focus! Aaah!! I LOVE strength training, but I seem to have trouble finding a goal! I set a goal to run a 5k. Well yay! I did that (and still do), but I have no desire to be "fast" or to run a marathon at this point... I just want to be strong and ... well... kind of a badass (pardon my french!). However, when I go to the gym, I need something to shoot for. I am not interested in competition at all (only with myself), but I want to look forward to something.. I guess I could just do a "fitness test"..? But I don't know if that will be enough. Does anyone understand this?? It's like I want a "5k" for strength training! You know, an "event" where I can determine if I'm improving, or where I can show I'm at a certain "level" of strength-fitness.

Maybe I am totally whacked out and missing something- It's like I want something that just doesn't exist, but it's causing me to build a wall of indifference, and I know I don't want that!!

Any advice is welcome :)

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4/30/14 11:52 P

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Thanks everyone for your suggestions, very helpful.

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4/26/14 2:47 P

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@ilove2012

Explore some of the SparkVideos -- they give tips for keeping your form and can be used over and over as you increase your weights.

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4/6/14 10:40 P

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Thanks CADYTUCKER! The 10 minute thing is one of my favorite techniques.

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

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3/28/14 11:41 A

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To Goosiemoon:

When I need motivation I usually tell myself "Just 10 minutes" I'll just do it for 10 minutes and quit. Of course once I start I don't quit, I give it the whole workout.

Otherwise I ask my Work out buddies to give me a kick in the A$$, cause that's what I need to get off my butt and do it. And it helps!

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3/27/14 11:56 P

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I'm just starting. Does anyone have any suggestions. My plan is to do more core moves and use 5-10lb dumbbells.

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2/28/14 5:07 P

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"Badass" and "bat wings" - clearly this is the team for me. Going to work on my 100 pushups challenge as soon as I finish my forums posts for the day. Thanks for the motivations, folks.

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2/24/14 1:20 P

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I'm sitting here Sparking, trying to motivate myself to move.
It's usually not this difficult.


"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

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2/14/14 9:54 A

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While my weight puts me in the obese category, I have always loved being strong.
So, I lift weights and have beautiful muscles that are hidden under a layer of fat.
I still know that they are there, and while I figure out the better eating (slowly, but surely this is happening), my muscles are quietly keeping the metabolism fires burning and protecting my joints.

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

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2/12/14 11:11 P

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Crazy as it sounds, embrace the sore days as it means your body is repairing and getting stronger in the process! Gentle yoga stretches and epsom salt baths will help. Keep it up, and you will see the progress.



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2/12/14 4:35 P

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I love your comment here. It's great that you have been strength training for a few years and see the progress! "Feeling badass and empowered".., yes I want that! I just started adding yoga and HIT workouts with weights and some dumb bells. I'm finally seeing the necessity of strength training. I'm so sore and looking to be stronger:)

"Slow and steady wins the race!"


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2/12/14 4:32 P

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I'm 41 and determined to keep the flab at bay. Specifically, I'm waging a war against my bat wings and thigh and bum fat. I've been jiggling it in Zumba and recently started yoga and HIT training with weights. Hear me roar! Lol!

"Slow and steady wins the race!"


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1/31/14 7:55 A

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This year I will be 52 and the impact weight training has had is tremendous. I have been at it for a couple of years now and progress has been slow but steady. I love being able to easily handle weights the seemingly fit" people at the gym cannot and the badass feeling is empowering.

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1/19/14 9:22 A

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emoticon I too am getting back into it. I work out at home and I will be doing circuit training to start off and adding in an old Cory Everson DVD but for tomorrow it will only be Jillian Michaels' 30 day shred level 1 and some cardio too

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1/16/14 1:13 P

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Getting back into exercise and weights after injury. It does not take long to see your hard work turn to soft mush. Working to get back into shape and be able to see the muscles!

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1/10/14 11:52 A

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Hello,

I've been reading through the posts on this team site and it sure seems like a great fit for me! I'll be 50 in April and have been working out seriously for about 1.5 years.

- 3-4 days per week I do circuit training DVDs (Insanity - high intensity high-impact body weight resistance; or Cathe Low-Impact Series - high intensity low impact with dumbbells).

- other 3-4 days I do yoga or pilates for flexibility and balance.

I've been reading lately that a lot of what's called "age-related" deterioration of muscle mass, bone density, cardio endurance, flexibility and balance is actually more "inactivity-related" rather than age-related (I like that emoticon ).

I had much more "age-related" deterioration 2 years ago then I do now, so I guess there is something to that theory and I figure I'll keep testing the theory for the next 40 years!!

Cheers!
Marg.

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@Goosiemoon - I am quite heavy as well, and when I went for a massage recently, I was told by the masseuse that I am quite muscular. Well, that says it all. If we keep up with the weights, eventually we will get to see the muscles we have developed. Keep up the good work!

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1/1/14 11:39 P

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I love the feeling of lifting.
I'm obese, but I know those muscles are under there! emoticon

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Roseyone, it's funny you should leave that remark today, since this morning I was contemplating changing it. It's a quote from Mary Oliver, whose work I find hauntingly beautiful and starkly truthful, like a force of nature.

"Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
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Themfolk, I like your signature, can totally relate!!




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I'm 44 and my body is still quick to respond to training (and detraining) so I figure I'd better enjoy it while it lasts. I'm interested in getting stronger 'cause muscle is sexy and useful and because osteoporosis runs in the family and the only thing I know to do to make my body build bone is put weight stress on the bones I have. Planning now for my healthy dotage...
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I am 55 and am generally still fit, but have spent the last year recovering from a relatively minor (but painful and life-altering) spinal injury. My back tires easily at this stage of the game, but it doesn't bother me very often any more. However, the residual nerve damage left me with a tricky knee that inflates like a parade balloon at the least provocation...my wardrobe includes ace bandages and ice packs as standard equipment.

That having been said, I've been a home-based bodybuilding enthusiast all of my adult life. Most of my life has been lived too far away from any gym to drive conveniently, let alone on a regular basis, so I've pretty much always had my own equipment. During lean times I might not own a tv set, but I've always got free weights.

I started in 1977 at the age of 19. At that tender age I didn't have the good sense to start it on my own, but had a major crush on a guy who was really buff and spent a lot of time thinking and talking about his fitness goals and plans and who ate like every meal was a science project. The guy's name was Joe and he was really cute, but that's as far as it went with him - it didn't last long between us, but he had a major impact on my entire life, including my attitude, my sense of control, my health and everything else. I remember him fondly for that reason.

My kids are all grown, and all of them are familiar with "the iron".

I am currently working on leaning out and muscling up. I would like to achieve a contest quality body, even if I never step on a stage.

But...wouldn't it be *FANTASTIC* to be able to do that, and especially at this point in life? I love to imagine strolling onto a stage in my "old age" and smoking the competition?

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11/16/13 11:46 P

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Yup, I'm sitting right there in the middle of this group - 49 and counting! I've been heavy on the cardio traditionally, but really looking to pump up this winter. Glad to find others my age that feel the same way!

Laurie

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Decide. Commit. Succeed.

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10/22/13 11:16 P

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I saw the thread title and knew this was for me. I want that strong feeling that comes with lifting weights. I have DVDs that I can use, plus dumbbells and a weight bench gathering dust.

Looking forward to meeting the team, and I'm glad to see there are over 50-year-olds!. What an inspiration for me!

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Iron Maiden since 1978, when I started with 2-lb. weights at a "health spa." Hope to do this to the day it all ends! Yes, recovering does take longer. However, we have learned to pace ourselves. This is a good time of life!

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Yea, kinda humbling to remember that it takes longer to recover now than it did "back in the day" --- but try giving giving yoga a second look after you settle into the first new activity.

"We are better than we know. If we can be made to see it, then for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less."


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10/11/13 8:26 A

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I think I've come to the realization that attempting 2 new routines/activities at a time isn't a good idea (at least at my age)......

I was just starting the routines in Female Body Breakthrough when I heard about a new yoga class starting up near me. I figured since it was once a week, how hard could it be? Well, it was definitely "power yoga", because the class totally wore me out the first 2 sessions! The instructor was really good and I was so into it I didn't realize how exhausting it was until the next morning when I ached just about all over. I had to wait until the DOMS quieted down before I could do a strength routine again, and by that time yoga class was just a few days away.

I guess my point is that starting something totally new REALLY shakes my body up now, much more so than in years past--but in a good way, of course emoticon

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THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR ADVICE

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Settimia, the best weight to start off with is a weight that is difficult to lift 8-12 times while maintaining GOOD FORM (Good form is crucial for staying injury-free!!!) This will be a different weight for different exercises and muscle groups worked. It will take experimentation. Muscles should be worked to "failure" ideally. "Failure" meaning until you can not lift the weight again because your muscles are too fatigued. The right weight and # of reps should leave you feeling your workout the next day, but not to the point of actual pain. (Pain is a warning signal and you should STOP immediately if you feel pain during exercise and lower your lbs lifted if you feel actual pain the next day--- not just fatigue or discomfort ---which are normal.) There is no magic formula that I can give that will hold true for everyone, as far as a starting point. The important part is to just get started and listen to your body. Once your routine feels too easy, plan to add 5-10 lb to the easy exercises next time. Build your strength gradually. Hire a personal trainer for a couple sessions if you can afford it. The biggest mistake I see women make is not lifting heavy enough weights to get results, so don't be timid. You will love the results weight training brings; it is very effective.

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10/1/13 6:26 A

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HI I AM NEW TO WEIGHTS, BUT INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE AND INCORPORATING SOME LIGHT WEIGHTS INTO MY FITNESS ROUTINE.

WHAT IS THE BEST WEIGHT TO START OFF WITH?

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I am almost 40 made 39 in September.... and I am natural no implants etc. Infact, I have been having trouble with binging but, I still have a hard body thank God!! Allthough, I am working on my eating and still a work in progress....

Use negetivity and name calling as your motivation.
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Bodybuilding makes you look strong but, what is most important for me is being strong both mentally and physically. I'm currently working on being both and will get there with time. Most of all I love bodybuilding and would not give it up for nothing.... I had a back injury the kind that could have stopped my training but, I will continue to train and get stronger and use that as a stepping stone to get stronger than ever. Luckily, I did not lose muscle but will build of the platform that I have and will work on my core more.....

Edited by: ADRE69 at: 9/29/2013 (04:40)
Use negetivity and name calling as your motivation.
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I love weight training. It makes me feel like a bad a$$, even though I look like a midwestern middle-aged SAHM. (not that there is anything wrong with that!) emoticon

I have loved The FIRM videos since 1987 and after several years of not exercising, have worked my way back up to the hour-long most difficult FIRM workouts. So proud of that.

I'm so lucky that I can work out hard...and I often think of those who cannot when I'm sweating.
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"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

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I've done several cd's of the firm. 1st time I could hardly walk! So its been off and on work-outs cause life got in the way. But healthy eating has to be learned. Cherie I've learned!

I,m Cherie, Been with sparker for 3 yrs, I like that I'm losing it slowly! Its a lifestyle!


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I started lifting weights back in 1988 (when I was 20) when the first FIRM video came out with Susan Harris. Exercising at home doesn't work for me any more (too many distractions) so I'm at the gym 5 to 6 days a a week, sometimes twice a day depending on my work schedule. I love the gym! As soon as I walk in I'm all business. Don't make any mistakes about it, I am there to work. Headphones, ipod, journal, water bottle, lifting gloves and a towel. Every day is something different so I don't get bored. I'm a big fan of the bodybuilding.com site. There are some great workout programs there. Jamie Eason's LiveFit, Kris Gethin's 12 Week Trainer, Bare Minimum Training and of course the Female Training Bible. I've tried them all at least once. I did 2 rounds of LiveFit and I'm planning a second round of Gethin's 12 Week Trainer in about a month. At the moment I'm giving my body a break and I'm following Bare Minimum Training for a while. It's nice to have a healthy habit, but I still struggle with eating right. I'm a foodie and my husband is my partner in crime! emoticon It's great to be here with you all!!

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I like p90 for strength training. I also like the firm maximum body shaping and add extra strength sets(I pause the dvd) for strength training. I like to warm up with 10 minute pilates upper body and 10 minute pilates lower body using a elastic cord. I used to do supreme 90 day fitness but it was too hard on my shoulders.

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I like weight training, hate cardio. I,m 61, and I would never quit. Have had some surgeries, but then I just do a little at a time. But please listen to your body, It will tell you what you need to do. I have saggy boobs to, so I wear a firmer bra. Love to help anyone!

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I just did the Les Mills PUMP Pump and Burn again today and increased my weights for the squats. I have to work on my upper body strength and am loving this program!
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i think the purpose is to learn the moves then put them together for a 30 minute total body.

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Is the 10 min trainer really 10 minutes? Is it a reasonable work out?

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P90X is great. i just don't like the hour workouts. sometimes they drag and sometimes they don't. in the weight lifting ones, he usually does one set and then does another one so really to start you could just do the first half and work your way into it. i did the CardioX this morning and it was 43 minutes. perfect for me. i have to gear myself up mentally to do the P90X completely. it's coming, but i'm just not there yet. let me know how you like it.

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I just got the P90X from our library. I have 2 weeks with it to try it out. I am a little scared. emoticon I have a Slim in 6 a friend gave me - I love that one. I also have Power 90 but gave that up. I think I need accountability so I stop quitting.

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What programs have you done. My fav is Power 90 and Slim in 6 is good for all over. I'm sure 10 minute trainer is good.

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LOL - I haven't tried and of those programs yet - my son used to do the P90X and it looks pretty intimidating to me! I also know some ladies in my challenge group that are doing Insanity - I want to try it - but again - I don't know if I can get through it ;) I am a BeachBody Coach and am really loving the way nutrition and fitness changes your life!

Did you find those programs to be easier or as difficult as you thought they might be? If you had to recommend one to try, which would it be? I am constantly looking to change up my routine and shock these muscles!

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I love the Beachbody programs. I have done Power 90 and started P90X, but never finished, same with Insanity (that was way to hard for me!!) I have been doing the Spartacus from Men's health and really like the 30 minutes (even though I am female)

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Hi Everyone!


I just wanted to introduce myself and say how happy I am to have found this forum. I am not new to working out, but I am new to strength training and I am loving it! I am hoping to replace the "last ten pounds" of fat with lean muscle mass and cant wait to see the results.

I don't know if anyone else is familiar with BeachBody and Les Mills Pump, but I started that program this week and am having so much fun. I never thought I could lift weights (not that I can lift much....yet) but I am surprised that I can and do! If anyone else does or has done Les Mills, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it and anything that you would be willing to share with me about the program and other programs you like as well!

Again, I'm really excited to be here and look forward to meeting you all!

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Just wanted to say that yesterday I hit a PR in deadlifts and lifted my own bodyweight --4 times, which makes me realize that 1) I could have done that a while ago, d'oh! and 2) next time I need to max out higher. I also got in 4 sets of 4 chinups, unassisted. It was a good day in the gym :).

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Hello ladies...I've been lurking quite a while, figured it was time to jump in.

I'm 51 and have been lifting for about a year or so. I started off with The New Rules of Lifting for Women, moved on to The New Rules of Lifting for Life (awesome), and am now working my way through Female Body Breakthrough. I've learned a lot about pushing myself and sticking with it during that time. A lot of what I've learned has come in handy in my side job as a personal trainer.

I have found that sometimes recovery is a little longer than I'd like, especially when I try something completely new. A recent example is the bulgarian split squat....my legs and rear were sore for DAYS after the first time I did those! They have yet to get "easy", but at least I don't dread them like I did at first.

As I look back, I can't believe that strength training has become my favorite thing to do at the gym....I used to be one of those cardio rats who never ventured over to the free weight area. I also thought a 25 pound dumbbell was too heavy for me to ever lift, even with 2 hands emoticon

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Hello Ladies! I just read through most of the past posts and wish there was a button to click to show support for your comments.
It is motivating and inspirational to read your goals, achievements and things you've overcome.
In the last few months I dropped my gym membership, the uncomfortableness of working out mostly with the guys was too much for me. Between being older than the college guys at the gym at work, and the leering etc at the gym before work, it was too much for me.So now I'm working out at home with dvd's, weights, cardio etc. Rearranged my front room to accomodate and create room.

I stopped going to the gym last summer, tried again in fall and after a few sessions ended up stopping again. Good news is I haven't gained any weight since last summer, though am a bit softer. So its back to working out alone at home.

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Hi I've been with SP since 2007 but new to this team.
I'm 55 and have a fair amount of fitness equiptment at home including a multi gym.
Back in January I had a Rotator Cuff injury which is only just now back to good order and I was given the all clear to get back to training yesterday,
I can't tell you how good that felt to hear that, so this morning I'm using the lowest weights and I'll see how I fair. I want my toned muscles back!

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Hi, I'm Caren, 52-year-old female. I've enjoy lifting weights since June 2012. I have 2 routines: upper body & lower body. Although I only lost 2 pounds since then, I lost 2% body fat, and I'm much stronger.

I have a personal trainer, Britney. And I'm getting advice and accountability from Russ Turley on Fat 2 Fit Radio podcast.

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Most of the women in my gym go for treadmills and such-though to be fair,most of the guys go there too. In the (connected)other room-it is divided between free weights and machines. I mostly prefer machines because they are set up to tell you if you lift too fast or need to increase the weight-though,I use the pull up machine,and there is an old lady who stay strictly
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I think most gyms are like that. I find there are very few of us women that will venture deep into the weight lifting area

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46 and counting! I've been obese my whole life (I was the girl ALWAYS picked last for gym class) and have lost 60 lbs over about a year and a half. I'm just in the "overweight" and really close to normal section on the BMI charts now. I started participating in Highland Games last year and decided that I love it and want to truly participate instead of just showing up.

While I'm about 10-15 lbs from goal, I'm focusing on weight lifting and strength training. I've decided to step away from the scale for a while. The gym I belong to is like a middle school dance. All the boys stay to one side (free weights) and all the girls take classes and use machines on the other side. I'm breaking ranks!! It's just a riot. The boys typically are in conversation and it stops when I walk by. Which is even funnier, because they are almost always speaking a different language! Between Russian and Spanish, I only catch a few words!

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Hi -

I'm not new to SP, but am new to this team. I am about halfway to my goal weight and I love lifting weights. I still have a "protective layer of fat" over my nicely shaped muscles, and I know that they are working hard burning calories for me even when I'm sleeping.

Have a great day, everyone!

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Hi! I am new here to sparkpeople. Did you get back to the weights by valentines day? Encouragement is one of the best things here. I am also looking to lose 90lbs through lifting as you did. Hope you meet your short and long term goals!

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I am 56 , 137 lb. I have been always in a good shape in my life. I used to practice hurdles and long jump long time ago. When I started menopause I put around 7-8 lb, (not too much) however I don't look as I used to be.I try to gain lean muscles, but no luck.


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Hello I am back to sp after a few years away. I had a shoulder and hip injury last spring and have gained daily since then. I am 46 soon to be 47 and want to look as good as I did when I was 41-----I did it once (lost 99 pounds through lifting) and get back there again. I am struggling with the food now but have gotten back to the gym for cardio. I am promising to get back to the free weights by Valentine's Day. I am posting here to remind myself it is a critical part of the plan.






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Thank you so much JANAMP09 for sharing about your mother and welcome me to the Team I will do that follow physico instructions after knee surgery. Again Thank you

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Special6 - my mom had the knee replacement done about 3 years ago and recovered fantasically - just do the physio they tell you to do. She was over 80 when she had it done and still going strong with it. Everyone recovers differently but emoticon Welcome to the team

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emoticon Hi!!! Iron Maidens I just join the team I am so glad to find this team I am ready to be an sexy 50 year old Iron Maiden after my knee replacement surgery in March hopeful have an easy speedy recovery I want to continue to change my eating habits and exercising and lifting weights to gain muscle.

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I reorganized my teams the other day and have a plan to keep up with more of them, including this one! I'm also doing weight training two days a week plus calisthenic strength in between. So that's weights Wednesday and Saturday with calisthenics Monday. I found calorie cycling seemed to give me more strength, and now I'm in maintenance.

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Hey iron maidens! I'm a returnee after being away for about 6-8 months. I got back on track in November and have been "all-in" sinc e then. I started my journey in 2006 and had lost over 143 pounds. I slowly gained weight although I kept most of it off until 2012, and finally came to my senses. I lift 3-5 days a week and do spin class on average 2 days with walking/running at least 2 days. I've lost 16 pounds over the past 8 weeks, but have to say its harder @57 to lose the weight....look forward to keeping in touch here

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I am 56 and not far from my goal weight so this year I really want to work on losing body fat and gaining muscle. My legs have always been good but it is my arms that are the most flabby but they are definitely beginning to tone and you can see the muscle trying to break out emoticon , I hope!
We went Paleo at the beginning of last month and I have to give that lifestyle credit for getting me so close to my goal weight and I'm hoping that the eating habits help to develop better muscle tone. I know it is not only the diet but my comittment to working out that will be the determining factor

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emoticon goal for 2013!

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For years I've wanted to get ripped (well as much as my body will let me.) it's my 2013 goal and i'd I've finally made some solid plans to get there. Been a good start to the year. I love pumping iron!!!!

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New team member here. On the downhill slide to 60 in 2013, and working hard to get some of the body fat off. I do strength training 3x/week, plus kettlebells, suspension straps, medicine ball and Tabata training to augment the weights. Plus cardio several times a week. All support and ideas welcome! We may be older, but we're still cool!

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Tonya-love theY! and love the fact we may not be the youngest,but we can still get strong!


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Welcome ladies! We can do this! So, let's do it!

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No one can do what you are called to do, but you!

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emoticon !!!
You joined a great team! Be safe & the results will happen

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Hi, I'm new and my name is Tonya, I have been a Sparker since 2010 and I just love it.

My actual journey began, May, 2010 when I was invited to my baby brothers "all white" party that was to take place in July, 2010. At that time I was in a woman size 28 and vowed that I was not going to buy an "all-white" outfit in that size...........I took it upon my self to change the way that I ate, unfortunately, it wasn't the correct nor healthy way.......I put my self on a strict vegetable and fruit diet (raw and cooked), and plenty of water......I did this for 30 days straight, then the next 30 days, I incorporated broiled fish along with the fruits and veggies at dinner only.........I went from a size 28 to 24 and I was satisfied, however, I did not know that I was hurting myself in the process, being rushed to the hospital for some major issues and a doctor who scolded me about what I had did and how it affected my health.......needless to say, I haven't done that again, so in January of 2011, I chose to go to the "Y" and exercise, in the process I met a female personal trainer who got me on the right track........It just so happened that the "Y" was havng a raffle and the choices varied from memberships to free personal training sessions... I won my personal trainer for 3 sessions and eventually I paid for 7 more sessions ($30 per session for 1 hour)......it was the best investment that I have ever made......in those 3 months I lost 69 lbs and changed the way I ate forever..............Rani (pronounced "Rainy") come into my home and went like a tornado through my kitchen.......lol She and I thought it was going to be bad, but it actually wasn't......the one thing that I was hooked on was "sugar free" hawaiian punch and crystal light................and I had just went shopping and had stocked up on it thinking she would approve of it.........needless to say, she didn't..........so with all of this being said.............when you change your lifestyle, you must change everything and I mean everything............I love lifting weight, not for bulking but for toning........I will start going back to the "Y" (I stopped for 2 months due to work, stress, and school), but tomorrow is a new day........

Thanks for letting me join, it's good to know that they are others my age (49 yrs) who enjoy doing things that most think young people only do.....

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Hi, I'm new here. I have to say I love dancing and I just have been introduced to Belly Dancing..what a lot of fun. It's not only makes you sweat but it makes you feel so darn sexy too. I'm also going through menopause and lifting weights has always been my passion. It's imperative to build muscle during menopause! So, I lift and dance. Now if I can control the eating I think I'll be super woman! Thanks for letting me join!

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I'm 43 and starting over! I love the way a toned body looks and looking forward to getting my body toned! So, here I go!


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I'm 42, and started over in August. It feels great getting buff again. I took some lessons with my brother, who is a crossfit trainer, coming up on my 40th birthday but lost most of that muscle when I had a baby at 41.

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I'm loving the fact that I'm not the only one out there in my age range who is into this!!!

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New to all this but know I am going to love it.

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I've read many articles that say once a woman is menopausal it is imperative that she does strength training to keep and build muscle mass. We tend to lose it quickly. Also, it is more important than the amount of cardio that you do at this point. When I started doing more days of strength versus days of cardio it reshaped and changed my overall fitness and health. We cannot omit strength training. It trips my sweet hubby out when he watches the things that I can lift, unscrew, and pull...LOL! I am in better shape now than when younger.

Pamela...Central Texas

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Strength training is it, for me. I was never a fan of cardio, so it was always a mental struggle, to get it done. It has now been well over 2 years, since I gave the fight up, and just rely on 3 days of strength for my fitness.

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I love both, but strength training is key to my well being.

Maintenance of a major weight loss includes now & then dealing with the regains! ~ Me

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8/27/12 11:22 P

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I agree Lynna, I much prefer strength training! emoticon But I do the necessary cardio. emoticon

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8/27/12 10:39 P

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I love strength training, cardio now that's a chore! Lol

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I was lifting heavy for 6 wks, My body siad lighten up and do more cardio. Hurt my rt hp by maxing on leg press, 360 pounds. Now I,m seeing a chiropractor. I was really warmed up, but be careful. I,m gonna be 61 in Oct. But I,m aiming for a lifelong health! have a good day, everyone! Cherie

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Hi,

That's really encouraging to hear the "bicycle" comparison. I have been a gym rat but not for a long time. I've started back up lifting and then stopped so many times!

I'm definitely ready to start adding weight training on to my running schedule. I want to kinda push myself a bit more with weights than I used to. I don't mean I want to start up and immediately bench big weight!! emoticon Just that I used to err on the side of not adding on weight as I progressed, sticking with the same routine.

I'm going to start with a full body routine and lift two days a week to start to get back into things. I'll really welcome your encouragement and look forward to learning to my fellow Iron Maiden Elders!

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This is the thread that made me want to join this team. I love when there are people my own age. I have decided to get back to the weights and to stop settling for fumpy and aim for fantastic.
Just wanted to say hi and am looking forward to all the learning I can do here and getting to know you all.

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I started Jillian Michaels' Body Revolution today! I did the workout this morning and I'm still feeling the workout in my arms this evening! WOW!

Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

No one can do what you are called to do, but you!

Great works are performed not by strength but by perserverance. - Samuel Johnson


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I always like to ask the others in the gym to check my form to make sure I'm using correct form to avoid injury. And if I'm really in doubt I bug the personal trainer that is in the gym to check me out. It's way too easy to injure yourself at any time with bad form. Also using a class can help with avoiding injury.

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You Go Girl Barbara!!! emoticon

Ali - just a note. As you get older (after the age 40 even) you have to be very careful of not injuring your connective tissue. Your muscles I am sure are very strong but your ligaments and tendons are not. So many people push themselves so hard later in life and end up with a torn rotator cuff or ligaments or injure your joints, back, or knees. I hope all works out for you!!!!

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I love weight training. I joined a gym in April and since then my strength gains have been totally amazing. I am doing 50-70 pounds on triceps pressdowns (love the pump from these) and 100 pounds on pulldowns. I haven't been eating very well, but even so my pants are loose and my waist is whittling down bit by bit.

I look forward to hearing from others and how they are doing!

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I love weight training! My bra straps don,t fall down anymore, and I love this reshaping. I think everyone should make goals. I,m striving to bench 100. and to break the 190,s by the end of aug. I,m eating clean, doing more cardio. But I do like a glass of wine, but I cut way back on that too. Don,t want to see my belly when I look down! WE CAN DO IT! Cherie

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