I didn't see much in the way of recommendations on the weights to start out with. I had lymph nodes removed due to breast cancer 13 years ago. My doctor advised using lower weights (starting out with lifting 5-lb dumbells) & doing more reps to avoid the risk of lymphedema - swelling of the arm because the lymphatic fluid can't drain. She said when I became stronger, to increase the weight about 2 lbs at a time.
I've been doing upper body weight machines for a while, and use 10-15 lbs on the bicep curls, 4-5 sets of 10; 30 lbs on the tricep machines, also 4-5 sets of 10; chest press - 30 lbs - 4 sets of 10 lbs; low row (for the back) 50 lbs - 4 sets of 10. I don't know why I can't get past 10 lbs on the bicep curls but have more strength in the other muscles, but that works for me. When I try higher weight on the chest press, the mucles in the breast where I had surgery get sore, even after all this time. I'm 59 years old.
- 5/26/2011 1:43:01 PM