I am only usinf 2lbs, but that is all I have. When I went to buy some weights, my choices were 2 lbs, or 5 or 8 lbs. I have pretty out of shape, so I knew the 5 lbs would be a bit much for me right now. Of course, the 2lbs aren't very challenging at first, but once I am towards the end and my muscles are getting more tired, even the 2 lbs weights make me work. I need to try and find a pair of 3 lbs...and then will switch to them. I am almost done L1, Today will be D7. I take the weekend off, but I am planning on starting L2 on Monday rather than doing 2 more days of L1. I'd like to have 3lbs for L2 and L3.
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I'm still in level 1 (started a month ago and have been doing 30DS 3x a week). I use 3lb. weights for the first circuit (squat/lift), 5lb. weights for the 2nd strength circuit and the chest flys, and back to the 3lb. weights for the arm raises in circuit 3. My goal is to work up to using the 5lb. weights through the whole thing.
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Fitness Minutes: (4,646) Posts: 413 6/24/09 11:23 P
Jillian even comments in her NMTZ video that she is using 3lbs. She says that since you will be using them for 5 minutes in that video, focus on light weights with high reps. I think the same rule would apply to 30 DS. I use 5lbs. with all of her videos. The shoulder work is tough at times, and the bicep work is light, but I worry that anything heavier could be harmful for me.
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Fitness Minutes: (10,135) Posts: 1,468 6/17/09 5:01 P
When you're sculpting and toning doing circuits you don't need heavy weights. No need to exhaust yourself with anything over 5s. I know that I'm exhausted after doing 30DS with 5s because I work it. I go deeper into my squats and lunges, etc. The heavier the weight doesn't necessarily mean you're doing more work. Plus it's kind of hard to learn balance with heavy weight. Let's face it, you can't build muscle with 5lb or even 8 or 10lb dumbbells so I say stick with the 5s or whatever you're comfy with and get your body into the workout and don't think about the weights.
I started with only 1lb weights. For the first exercise I still have trouble- I have no idea which muscle it is, but man I cannot do those arm raise thingies. But everything else is too easy with only 1lb. I started using 2lb weights today and may try 3lb tomorrow. Better to start small and be able to keep going, then if it's too easy move up 1lb tomorrow.
I've been doing Tae Bo with a pair of resistance bands (for about a month and a half) and I started the Shred last night Level 1 with 3lb weights and that was totally do able. If you've been working resistance bands for a while, then I think it'd be safe to say 5lb weights for the shred. I just might up it to 5lbs next week when I'm at Level 2. Hope that helps!
Fitness Minutes: (10,135) Posts: 1,468 6/16/09 5:11 P
With the combos Jillian has you doing I'd only recommend going up to a pair of 5s and that's it. The moves are not awkward, but they are not meant for heavy weight. I may give it a try with a pair of 8s sometime this week and I'll report back my findings although I know it won't go over so well. :p
I've been using 3# until today - my co-worker wanted to check out the 30 DS at lunch - warned her, but she REALLY wanted to give it a whirl. Since I only have one set of 3# and one of 5#, I have her the 3#. 5# wasn't too bad - I have now completed my 4th day level 1 thanks to April!
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