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6/2/12 1:24 P

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Welcome to the team! I have a friend we call The Mighty Quinn:) She is married now, but will always be a Quinn. All the best in your journey:)
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6/1/12 9:16 P

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I am new here, and new to strength training, but I am interested because:

1 - I very much like to feel (and be) strong and powerful.
2 - I like the aesthetics of well-defined muscles on women's bodies.
3 - Generally speaking, I like to do things that challenge the status quo. emoticon

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5/16/12 11:25 A

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I lift weights so I can be strong, look good and maintain the strength/strengthen my bones.(Osteoporosis runs in my family). I've lifted weights on and off for about 15 years now. I'm 42 and in the best shape of my life. I've been lifting steady for over a year now and for the first time in my life, I have some definition in my thighs! For me the nice thing about getting older is I find I need more rest time between workouts. I find I can still make gains by working out each muscle group once a week so long as I eat good and get enough sleep! I don't change it up much. I probably should, but if it ain't broke...

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5/8/12 5:50 P

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I'm with ya. The time is coming that I join a gym again. I want that squat rack and higher weight:) Need to start bringing the boyfriend down to our home gym to spot.

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5/7/12 5:08 P

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I started lifting weights when I was a teen because I played soccer and wanted to look like Mia Hamm and the other ladies in professional soccer:) I do it now because I love the look of muscle and, as someone else mentioned, it takes so little time. I don't work out at a gym but have a Human Trainer plus an assortment of free weights at home. When I was a member of a gym I usually found a bench that was far away from the grunting males and brought the weights I wanted with me (I might have gotten a few looks when I started bring over the "big" weights but I usually was too focused on my routine to notice). I'm thinking I might need to join a gym again to see the results I want but for now my home gym is sufficient.

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5/2/12 4:18 P

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Don't you just love it when the lights and alarms go off when a women enters the Man ZONE, the weight section of the gym.

It was fun working out without my training today and watching the guys give me looks like why are you here taking up space. Then moving out of the way when they noticed the 4 45 lb weights I put on each side of the smith machine. Yep guys, these are the big girl weights, move aside and let me show you how to lift. LOL

Had on young guy give me a look when I grabbed the same weights as he was doing. Almost said when I finish, Not bad for a 51 year old. I think I was old enough to be his mom.


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4/30/12 6:58 P

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Like SHUDDEC, I too started lifting in the early 80s in a gym where there was a guy side with free weights and a girl side with machines and aerobic classes. I was so skinny and there to gain weight so I finally worked up the courage to go to the free weight side. I picked the fittest guy in there and asked him to tell me what to do to look like him. So he really helped me get started plus no one messed with me when I was working out with him (bonus)
So flash forward 28 years and I am still lifting and loving it. I am still rather small framed but very strong and I love the looks I get when I lift heavier than the men in the gym. I work out at an MMA gym now and respect is a huge component of the training there. I would suggest that type if gym if you have one available. They will not tolerate disrespect from adults or children. It's a nice environment.
One additional recent note, when I went to a chiropractor a couple of years ago, she said she would have never known that I had given birth to a child naturally just due to my muscle tone. All those deadlifts and compound moves put my core right back to the way it was.
I have also found that being strong has been a huge boost to my self confidence over the years. Welcome to weight training

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4/30/12 6:18 P

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Loved this post and reading all of our stories. Very inspirational. Thanks!!!

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4/29/12 12:40 P

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Hey it is fun lifting weights with the guys. Especially when you are older than most of them and are doing more weights. It is fun watching them trying not to show that they are watching you.
The staff and trainers at my gym have decided that I am the strongest 51 year old their male or female. And they swear they are not saying it to make me happy. So when I am in the weight room I tend to get looks. Have to say I love it. not because I have a great figure, still a big girl with alot of access skin from weight loss. But because of the 4 45lb weights on either side of the bar when I squat.
I lift because I love to challenge myself. The bigger the weight the happier I am. See my blog for details. Right now I am obsessed with deadlifting as it is where I have been defeated by the weight. To heavy for my hands. So now I have wrist straps, can't wait to try them out next week.

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4/29/12 1:34 A

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Thank you everyone for sharing their experiences. I love pumping weights at the gym but it can at times be intimidating. It is refreshing to hear other peoples stories and their opinions. It is nice to hear that it is ok to enjoy lifting weights. I think the female body looks more beautiful toned and shaped. I am looking forward to day when muscles do the talking...

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4/29/12 12:56 A

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Hi Lara and other team members,
I started lifting weights in the early to mid 1980's at the invite of a friend who belonged to a gym in the small town we grew up in. Definitely not as many gyms as there are now.

Mostly my love of lifting began because I was doing highway construction work during the day as a full-time job, one of the few women there too. I have always been a broad shoulder, sturdy built person, and my genes gave me large breasts to go with the build. Not always a good thing, not always a bad thing either.
When I started lifting it felt like a perfect fit for my body type and I loved watching my muscles pop when working out. I had a trainer for awhile, back then, who was training me as a power lifter, since I'm not petite in anyway.
Bev Francis was one of my inspirations, and I still love the boundaries she broke through back then.
I also worked out with others that competed (I never did, nor did I ever achieve the muscularity it would require). I also worked on the highway with a competitive bodybuilder and it was something we talked about often. He actually still competes and he's around my age (55 yrs).
The reason I quit lifting back then was it was hard for me to deal with the looks and comments from the guys when I would move through my workout and my muscles would be pumped. Having been inappropriately touched as a child, in high school - I just didn't have the inner strength to say something to them

Later in the mid-late 1990's I tried again at the local Y. Would often workout before work and after work. Went well until a guy came up and admired my necklace by touching my chest to look at it more closely. Again - didn't have the inner strength to tell him to not do it. So I quit again.

This time, I work out at the campus rec center at the university I work at. Talked with someone there I know, frankly about my past experiences and was relieved to know many were very inappropriate on the other's part. Then I signed up for a personal training program, and they matched me up with a young man (19) who is very into lifting and plans to compete later as he matures. We encourage each other - he through my workout plans and me encouraging him to find a mentor/trainer to push and teach him so he can develop the mass and size he's looking for.
I've been fairly honest with him about some of my past experiences. In fact, the other day we did a lifting sequence similar to one long ago and it brought back anxiety for me. So I told him about it and we worked/talked through it.

I love lifting! I love my body when I lift! Its not important to me what others think of my lifting or my making it a lifestyle. I love talking with my muscles, making sure they have the rest and nutrition they need to do what I ask of them.

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4/28/12 10:54 P

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Hey ya. I have been lifting weights for about 2 months now. I used to do lots of body weight exercises before like push ups and pull ups but i only started lifting heavy 2 months ago. By heavy I mean going to failure in the last set after 3-5 reps. I absolutely love it. I love feeling sore the next day... it makes me feel like i really worked my muscles.

My favorite thing about lifting is that, unlike with cardio, u really don't have to be in a certain good energetic mood in order to lift. it seems like it requires much less psychological commitment, in a way. When im not in the mood to go running and run anyway, i find myself going slower than usual or checking the time every now and then to see when i can stop... it's like im forcing myself to run. but its not the same with lifting. plus, u can do as little as 3 sets of 7 reps for 3-4 exercises and still get great results. so it takes less time than cardio. they also say that u burn a lot after lifting.

The downside for me is that i sometimes really find it uncomfortable being at the gym. the area with all the machines and barbells is usually packed with guys and maybe 1 or 2 other women. thats not the worst part for me though... Im 21 but i dont look it at all. people usually say i look 15 or 16. one old lady once said she thought i was 12 lol. anyway, for that reason, i get coaches that keep asking me for my ID because you have to be 18 or over. It also makes me feel like people look at me thinking: what the heck is she doing here? she probably has no clue what she's doing. But i try hard to ignore those thoughts... and ive been going long enough to the gym that the coaches have stopped asking me for my ID, which is awesome. :)

And I'm finally building muscle! that only happened after i realized that i actually need to eat more (of the right stuff) in order to build muscle.

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4/28/12 7:42 P

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Hi Lara,
Welcome. I love weights. Always loved the muscular shapes. When I was young I would kind of lift hand weights in private. Didn't know any women who did it, except in some fitness books. Problem is I would starve and wanted muscles but like a ballerina. Well that is not this body. This time around I am enjoying it more. Eating healthy and want to work with the body I have.Working with weights is like a meditation for me. Most of the time I don't even workout with music, just silence. I get completely absorbed in it. Love how it feels to work the muscles, love the focus on your body. It is just awesome. It is wonderful way to get in touch with your body. Connects me to it like no other exercise. I am not the most athletic person, a little clumsy, but not with weights. I feel in control, my muscles respond pretty easily, and I think I am pretty good at it:) Finally something I can do. lol

I still have a ways to go with the fat loss, but my body has changed so much in a matter of 8 weeks. 4 of which were pretty much just lifting and eating clean and alot of food.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! I can't sing the praises enough and I am just starting:)

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4/28/12 6:51 P

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Hi, I love the toned 'cut' look on as I think it makes people look healthy and shows someone really takes care of their body. However, I am usually one of the only females pumping weights with the guys. I was just wondering why other women choose to lift weights and what benefits they have noticed?

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