|Oct 7, 2011 8:44pm||
Hi there! I am new to the forums and it seems like the majority of people are focused on cardio… I was wondering if there were any women out there who’s main focus was weightlifting at the gym? I am usually the only girl in the weight room (and definitely the tiniest)…just trying to find some other ladies out there like me!
I am 5’4" and hovering at around 135 lbs. I’m not looking to lose too much weight, but get toned and fit and strong! Grrrrr!
|Oct 7, 2011 10:37pm||
Hi there :)
I have recently got into weight-lifting and absolutely love it so I’m very pleased to see a like-minded female on here! I too am the only girl training in the weight room at my gym and at first it did make me feel a little self conscious as all the other women are stuck on the cardio equipment.
Being fairly new to weight training I’ve seen some great increases in my strength so far and now I find it hard to believe that when I first started I could barely lift the bar!!
My aim is to build some muscle mass, lose some fat and get stronger! :)
|Oct 8, 2011 7:41am||
I absolutely love weight training and I’m addicted to it. I started training regularly three years ago to fill in some of my sagging skin after a significant weight loss but it has grown into a passion, a necessity and my zen.
There are so many benefits of resistance training for women; one that you may not know is that it helps to increase bone density. Keep that in mind the next time you step in the weight room too.
See you in the gym.
|Oct 10, 2011 9:03pm||
Hooray! It’s so good to hear there are other ladies are out there lifting some iron!
|Oct 11, 2011 9:31am||
My workouts are structured around Squat, Deadlift and Bench. Bench is probably my least favourite as it’s my weakest and I found Squat the hardest technique to perfect.
I also now include some conditoning work at the end of my workout, usually kettlebell swings, which are the hardest thing ever! Nothing like it for getting your heart rate up IMO.
You should both check out Jen Comas Keck on her webpage “a peace of jen” and she also writes her training log on elitefts. I have found her to be a real inspiration.
|Oct 11, 2011 6:47pm||
Hello Ladies, I just recently joined a gym and hired a personal trainer to work with me on free weights. I’m looking to tone, get some definition, and lose a few pounds. Interesting read here as I also noticed no women in the weight room. Spinning and the exercise classes appear to be their exercise of choice. So glad I found a few others with the same mind set I have about getting fit. Looking forward to hearing more from all of you.
|Oct 11, 2011 10:54pm||
I think most women are afraid to lift weights, thinking it is a male activity and they don’t want to look masculine. I lifted weight about 7 years back when I lost over 100 lbs and I can tell you lifting weights = a sexy body. Nothing masculine about it. So good for your overall health too.
|Oct 11, 2011 11:10pm||
Kudos! TriceH for getting started (or back into it?)
|Oct 12, 2011 12:27pm||
I think what really helped me with my technique on squat was to use a box. I found it really hard just being told, remember to try and sit back so my trainer thought it would help if he put a box behind me (just lower than parallel) and got me to just touch it. This helped me so much and eventually I got to replicate without there being anything there. Obviously box squat is something different but to get that form right I would definitely recommend trying this.
Squat is probably the most technical thing, so much to remember, shoulders blades tight, chest out, head up, feet flat etc etc… and on top of all this sit back so you’re squatting between your knees not over them! I found all this too much to take in but as I say now I’m finally getting it near perfect every time! :)
I’d be interested to know actually how often you other ladies train and what your workouts look like? Do you do a mix of free weights and machine, or just free weights?
|Oct 12, 2011 8:11pm||
Thanks for the tip! I will definitely try box squats next week (assuming I can walk again by then!)
|Oct 13, 2011 12:15pm||
jGreg, have you thought about splitting your workouts into upper and lower body days? For example, you could train chest, arms and shoulders on the same day? and then you have a spare day to do just cardio, if that’s what you want, or do some HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) after your weighlifting workout or kettlebell swings etc.. – these are especially good if you’re short on time as you only need to do 10mins or so to get great results!
The majority of my workout is using free-weights. I do use some machines but do these at the end of my workout, such as lat-pulldowns, face-pulls or hamstring curls.
|Oct 18, 2011 6:49pm||
FazzaManda, I have actually thought of doing upper and lower body splits! I go to the gym with boyfriend so it would be nice if I could get him on board with the soon-to-be-new schedule as well. :) I definitely like HIIT training and will try to tack that to the end of my workouts this week and will let you know how it goes!