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12/29/18 1:27 A

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Thanks for the tip! I'm starting weight training again after stopping a year and a half ago. Prior to that I did it for about three years, while helping care for my mom in her prehospice/hospice years. It was my therapy. When I was a single mom in my 20s I did the circuit weight machines a ladies gym owned by Gold's Gym. So, now turning 56 in a couple weeks and dealing with "grown child" issues. Hitting the gym with my husband. Therapy once again, for life - in many different ways. Hoping to find and offer encouragment and support from like minded Iron Maidens. Love the name! πŸ’ͺπŸ’ƒπŸ‘―πŸ™Œ

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12/13/18 12:01 P

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Glad to find this thread, am starting to be ready to go back to weight lighting. And as an over 50 yr old, finding some differences between being 30 and now, espec shoulders. Perseverence pays off. By the way, be careful with shoulders y'all. Over 40, there is a difference in lifts, especially overhead. Incidence of injury goes way up

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ernestineshepherd.net/?page_id=2 Simply amazing! Inspiring! Keep going!! emoticon

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7/24/18 9:11 A

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That's great! Good luck and keep us posted on your progress! I was sick last week so I haven't weight trained in more than a week. I just started cardio again this morning and it was a little rough so I think I will hold off my next weight training until the weekend when I have more time to rest from it, if I need to.

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7/21/18 8:00 P

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Hi, new to the team. I've been strength training now for a few months, but just really started getting consistent with it recently. I strength train in the gym 3-4 times a week with dumbbells and bodyweight and do light cardio during the week and an hour of intense cardio on Saturdays.

I'm 46, and only have about 10 lbs of fat to lose, and BOY is it ever stubborn! I know if I keep doing what I'm doing, it will come off, but I've got to be dedicated. I do work with a fitness coach who does all my measurements once a month and adjusts my recommended exercises as I progress.

Anyway, I do feel good, my clothes fit better and my health is great! That's the most important thing, but I'm not gonna lie...I want those smaller jeans out of the top closet shelf and back into my wearable wardrobe!

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7/13/18 9:21 A

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I upped my squat and lunge weights to 25 pounds worth of dumbbells and added in some random step ups. I'm going to add those into my program using my staircase, but I may take a trip to the Salvation Army to see if anyone donated an exercise step/platform that I can pick up for minimal $$.


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7/4/18 4:19 P

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I also do pushups off the stairs. I don't have enough room to do the bottom two steps, but I can go 'down' in direction as I get stronger.
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7/3/18 9:12 A

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Great idea!!! I did 11 couch pushups this morning instead of wall pushups and it felt harder but not too hard. I will continue doing this every time I exercise and try to get my count up.

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7/2/18 7:52 P

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I do counter-top pushups. Have for years.
My mid-back won't tolerate pushups on the floor.
My kitchen countertop is perfect.
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7/2/18 9:10 A

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Still going. I went up to 3 reps, then this week decided to up my weights and lower my reps back down to 2. Right now I am using 10 pound dumbbells, therefore 20 pounds for weighted squats and lunges. Those 10 pounds are killing me on bicep curls so I'm barely making it through the 2nd rep. I will stay at this weight for single arm exercises for awhile because it's so hard for me but I will try to increase the weights in a couple of weeks for the leg exercises.

I was horrified to discover that despite doing cardio pretty consistently for over a year now and doing weights on and off that I still literally cannot do a push up. Seriously. So I added wall pushups to my strength training days and I think in a week or two I will try to start modified pushups on the floor and try to work my way to a regular pushup. I don't know why it's so hard for me!

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6/22/18 9:24 A

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It's fun to feel those muscles going, isn't it? I stopped when I went away on vacation a month ago and just started again this week and the day after my first workout was killer. Wow. Apparently I just never work my butt and thighs unless I am doing squats. The 2nd day was yesterday and I'm totally fine today so that's good. I'm going to go back to upping my reps next week, then the week after I will add more weight again.


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6/3/18 11:15 A

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I've just started and am new to working with weights. I'm loving it so far.

I've been told not to overtrain - 2 or 3 times a week (this due to my stage in life i.e. I'm 51 and menopausal) I wish I could do more! Reading the posts in this forum has been so encouraging!

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4/12/18 1:53 P

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After more than half a year of not doing weights/strength training I decided to start again and today was the day. Just light dumb bells and some body weight stuff since I'm really trying to ease into it.

Last year when I was really pushing it, it seemed to stall my weight loss and I was in a place/time where I really needed to see the scale move. I still have 37 more pounds to go until my goal, but as my weight loss has slowed down anyway, I think I can deal with a stall as long as my body is tightening up. I really liked how my legs/butt were getting more solid last year. Right now I'm Mrs. Flappy Thighs. But you can just call me Flappy, emoticon

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3/31/18 4:31 P

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How is it going? It's not my shoulders that bother me so much as my wrists. I can't manage 40 ..... yet!

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2/21/18 6:49 A

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I'm 62 and doing 40 push-ups at a time. The top of my shoulders is starting to hurt, so I'll stay with 40 and wait until my shoulders feel stronger before I increase.



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2/10/18 5:53 A

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Consistency is the key!
I am challenging my son, and I want to do my best on March 1.



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1/29/18 10:42 A

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Wow! You rock!! emoticon emoticon

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I did 62 pushups today. I took breaks after every 21 pushups, but I got my 62 in!



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I'm turning 62 tomorrow, and I am now at 18 push ups, and I feel great!



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9/1/17 6:32 P

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Roberta, sorry you had to go through that! If you dont mind me asking, what symptoms did you have from the whooping cough vaccine? My daughter got a tetanus shot that had the whooping cough vaccine in it also and actually had whooping cough most of the winter/spring after that. It was horrible.

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7/5/17 12:58 P

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That was such a fun movie, and yeah, those women were awesome!

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Hello ladies! Well I have been much more consistent with strength training, hitting the gym 2 or 3 times a week in May. I only do six exercises, what I consider "essential" for me at least: Squats, Deadlift, Bench Press, Overhead Press, Seated Rowing and Lat Pulldowns. The first 4 were recommended from a book, "Thinner Leaner Stronger" by Michael Matthews, and the last two because I just like them, emoticon In June I will either increase the weight or number of sets, haven't decided yet, but I feel like it's time to move up a bit.

Now, how many of us have seen the new "Wonder Woman" movie? I thought it was loads of fun, I'd give it a solid 8 out of 10. Of course, people are asking how Gal Gadot got in shape for the movie, well I want to know how Robin Wright got so buff! She played General Antiope, and certainly looks more fit than she did in "The Princess Bride." Yep, I'm definitely going to be looking for HER workout1 emoticon

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Good morning, everyone!
I have been trying to recover from the damages from the Whooping Cough vaccine! (Aluminum and formaldehyde) It turned me into a cripple in 24 hours! I am turning again to strength/weight training to recover muscle strength and stamina, and looking forward to returning to a healthy, active state with you ladies.
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5/12/17 9:51 A

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Wow - I read Bill Phillips book 10 years ago and loved it! I should look at it again.

"When the blues whomp you up on the side of the head, throw them to the floor and kick them out the door..." -- the B'52s

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4/30/17 6:19 P

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Wow, so excited to find so many 60-year-olds lifting. I turned 60 last October. Started Bill Phillips Body-for-Life challenge last week. I've done it several times over the years when I need a serious kick in the butt.... and my butt surely needs kicking right now. I want to loose 20 pounds and build muscle. There aren't many women over in the Body-for -Life forums to play with.

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4/6/17 4:03 P

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Is Starting Strength a program in SP?

2019 is our year! ;)


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2/8/17 11:12 A

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Hi all.
Last year I lost 70lbs. Have gained back about 25lbs.
Tired of feeling flabby and jiggly and well WEAK! So I'm on a quest to increase my strength. Starting small doing resistance exercises at home with 1 set of 8lb dumbbells and body weight.

Any help and advice you all can offer will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

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BIFFOBOPPO,

I have been using the Starting Strength program and really enjoy it. If you are already squatting 55 lbs, you are well ahead of where I was when I started (I couldn't squat the bar at first but started with goblet squats).

I like it because I don't have a lot of time to spend in the gym and it is so simple - just 5 different exercises to alternate between.

I also like the fact that I am never sore after a workout, even though I am consistently adding weight and getting stronger.

Despite the simplicity and the lack of soreness, I have had good results - my strength and muscle tone has been improving quickly.

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Discipline is simply choosing between what you want now and what you want most.


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Wow, BAMOM19, I think squatting 75 lbs and benching 80 lbs is pretty impressive. I'm not quite there yet, but am getting close.

I agree as to form - I always focus on form and don't add any additional weight until I can perfectly execute at the lower weight.

Good luck on your weight loss!

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Hi T4NKGERL! I don't understand it either. Maybe they're afraid of bulking up, or intimidated by the whole idea of weight lifting? I remember my mother didn't want me to do it because she thought it was "unladylike". :-)

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7/7/16 2:30 P

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Hi All! very happy to see so many Iron Maidens!

I just recently re-signed up for sparkpeople, looking for fellow lifters. I just got into weight lifting 2 years ago and most of my female friends won't go near the weights. I just don't understand it. Even my success doesn't tempt them into picking up the weights when most of them, around my age, could really benefit from some added muscle.

I just don't get it!! Does anyone else have similar experiences?

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4/8/16 1:50 P

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HI- I have been recovering from ACL repair surgery last August (so, lots and lots of physical therapy, lunges, squats, hip thrusts with low weights, very gradually building up). I am looking around to see what to do next. Toying with the idea of starting with Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength program. Anyone else considering that or something else like? I am 51 years old, squatting 55# right now.

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3/22/16 11:33 P

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Hi all new here looking for accountability partners.

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Welcome to the team, everybody! It's great to see so many "vintage" weight-lifting women here, since I don't know any locally.

JOANIEDEE, I have shoulder issues too, but I don't really know of any better exercises than the standard presses and flyes. If they're really bad, I'll just do flyes with pink Barbie weights.
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I am 44 but that is not going to stop me. I am competitive, especially to myself. I am a very determined person and I do not give up easy!

God is good all the time!!!

I can be stronger then hypothyroidism is weak!

I am a conqueror through Christ!

Jeremiah 29:11,"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."

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Hi everyone, I'm 60, I've been a SP member since 2006 but had a rough past 21 months since losing my oldest son....I'm back with a vengeance, at the gym, and lifting heavy again...I started back on 1/1/16 and I've gradually built my strength back up...I'm not all the way back, as I'm only squating 75lbs, and benching 80lbs, but I'm focused on perfect form at those weights for now...I get all my workouts from magazines like Oxygen and Muscle & Fitness Hers...I like going to the gym, because I don't get bored, and my workouts can progress because of all the resources available....NJMStar, I actually belong to Cathe's gym where she currently live streams classes....I'm looking to lose about 45 more lbs (I've lost 22 since 1/1)

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Hi, everybody! I'm Joan and I'm 73. I used to weight train a lot (started about age 30 and continued off and on until about 10 years ago when I did a kettlebell workout at a local fitness centre. I had to stop that as I have back issues and my doctor said it was a no-no. So anyway, I am pretty fit from a cardio program and not overweight at a BMI of 23.9

I decided to start weight training again as I would like some more muscle definition in my arms, and to lose some fat off my belly and thighs. I went on bodybuilding.com, and started yesterday with the beginners dumbbell workout. I'm a little sore today, but not too bad. I have always been fairly muscular, so I look forward to some progress. I just have to be careful with my right shoulder, as it gets sore from too many overhead presses. Any shoulder workouts other than the presses?

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Hi! I'm Audrey and I'm 57. I need to lose about 50 pounds and I want to increase my muscle mass while decreasing fat. I've been doing pushup for several months now and have made a lot of progress. I also do curls. I feel like it's time to do more. Thinking about doing a couple rounds of P90x.

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Thank you, VLUBLINK! I'm starting slowly, but at least I'm starting!

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I am also 62! I want to encourage you to stick with it and you will find the lost muscle you mention!!!

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Hi all,
62 and "in search of the lost muscle". I first started lifting in the late 70s and have been on and off ever since. The last few years have been off, and I'm really starting to feel the muscle loss. Hopefully I'll graduate from the pink Barbie weights soon. emoticon

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i love the cathe.com web site. I have her STS dvds. Works great for building some muscle. The main drawback is that you do need quite an assortment of equipment at home for them. Over the years I have made do with what I had and gradually added to my inventory. A couple of years ago I had a personal trainer for a few months and learned so much. Mainly just how hard you need to work to see improvement. If you do go the personal trainer route It will be most helpful if you can give her a very specific goal that you want to achieve. Mine was to make it to the top of a 12,500 foot mountain in four months. I learned that you will see improvement much sooner with 20 minutes of cardio intervals 2 or 3 days a week than an hour of steady state 5 days a week. If you want to build muscle use heavy weights 3 days a week and lift to failure. If you can do more than 15 reps you need to increase your weight. My trainer also amped up the intensity / difficulty every single week, not just once a month.
I was 58 when I hiked to the top of that mountain and back in one day (most people make a 2 day trip out of it). It was the most physically challenging and amazing thing I have ever done and there were a lot of people who thought that this average over the hill house wife couldn't do it. I did have a little DOMS for a few days after. Would love to do more challenging hikes like that, but can't find anyone else that's interested.

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Yeah I just signed up, been on SP for several years but just found this group today. I'm 55, still reasonably healthy even if overweight, and I'd like to cut some of the body fat & gain back some muscle that I've probably lost. Looking for a good weightlifting routine, don't have much more than some dumbells right now, maybe I should join a gym?

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10/16/15 4:16 A

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Hi,

New to the group though at 50 not too new for this thread. So thought I'd drop in say a bit about me.

I'm not good at sticking to anything (with the exception of relationships) for longer than a few months as I get bored quickly or more likely find something new to be interested in. The themes are always - fitness and learning or best when it's both.

I am always interested in lowering body fat and having fun, so hopefully this is a good place for me.

Nx

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Bodybuilding.com is a great site.

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Joan, there are a few good books out there: New Rules of Lifting for Women is a really good one for women (heavy lifts, not pink dumbells). Bodybuilding.com also has a lot of great plans. If you join bodyspace and download the app, you can choose a plan and log it right on your phone. The app also has videos of how to do each exercise and tracking (you can look up what you lifted wen you did the same lift in the past...super helpful!) I highly recommend the Jamie Eason Livefit program...very challenging and fun>

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8/15/15 11:40 A

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I'll be 60 the end of October - so, I'd say I'm in the BEYOND category emoticon

I've been lifting weights since I was in my 20's
Sometimes heavy.
Sometimes light.
I've returned to heavy heavy again. (April 2015)
I love circuits, but the weight possible when moving fast are just too light to keep my muscle strength....so I only do circuits in alternation with heavy ST.

I am currently setting my 'pace' to get me through these 'golden years' with agility and strength. I work in Long Term Care/Rehab and see daily the results of people who sat down, rarely moved, and ate whatever they wanted resulting in the inability to care for themselves.
It is a sad consequence - but a consequence of choice.

I choose to live fully with strength and intent toward optimal health.
It isn't always easy, but, it sure beats the alternative ~

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Joan, rather than repeating my post from another team here is a starting list for some of the more common training programs


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Hi Everyone,

I've been doing strength training since January and very happy with the results I'm seeing. However, I can't stop feeling like maybe I'm missing out. I have a book from the 80's with training plans. I'm doing that, but we've learned so much since 30 years ago. I have added in planks and also just started doing interval training/sprints. Does anyone have a strength training book they can recommend...one that has plans in it? I also think about doing squat challenges. Has anyone done that? If so, what do you do about your regular training? What about rest days? It's hard to figure out how to make a big plan you can maintain. Like most women, I really need help with the lower half of my body and wouldn't mind ramping up exercise there even if it means putting a stop to upper body for a short time.

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Sheryl mid 50's adding some strength/cross training to my life. Looking forward to some great advice/motivation from all of you.

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Hello, all!
I've been doing strength training for 15 years, and work as a personal trainer, and Pilates instructor. I've (re) started my own intense program Jan 4, and am working in earnest (3 strength workouts a week to muscle exhaustion) to achieve a stronger, more toned body. My BMI is 22, BF 30%. I'm 66.
I look forward to sharing with you all.

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Hi. I'm Tammy. Ill be 50 in March. I believe in weight lifting just for the prevention of RA and Osteoporosis. I'm going through menopause without hormone therapy. I've been picking up the dumb bells and my job involves lifting heavy surgical trays-constantly. In order to keep up with the young men around me I must be active and fit. But... I'm overweight; and am looking for motivation to continue a life of independence and strength.
Remember age is just a number its how you feel in side that counts; but it does help to look good on the outside as well. Eh?

Carpe Diem!!


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Welcome...you got a good program down as far as lifting just remember to add the eating.

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Hi all! This looks like the perfect group for me. I'm 54 and currently about 30 pounds over my goal weight. I've exercised off and on most of my life (Air Force retiree). Running has always been my staple with strength training on the side but a knee injury has put that on hold for the time being, maybe forever. For the last five months I've been concentrating on regaining my overall muscle strength, particularly in my legs. I do spin class three times a week, zumba once, yoga twice, and strength training three times each week. Once in a while I throw in a plyometric workout for an extra calorie burn. My strength training is primarily free weights and body weight exercises. I recently joined a group of women who work with a trainer three times a week. She really puts us through the ringer! Anyway, my goal weight is 125 but will settle for 130 if my BMI and body fat percentage are at a good level.

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Opposite experience for me. I didn't lose weight reliably when it was just diet and cardio. Adding muscle mass meant that my maintenance needs were higher, and then my body fat just came down steadily, even when I was undisciplined about cardio. Now that I'm at my goal weight, I notice that getting sick (periods of inactivity) causes weight loss, which I attribute to muscle loss from detraining. My body fat seems to fluctuate little; my muscle mass (and of course water weight) seem to be where my weight fluctuates now. So now "maintaining" means keeping my weight UP.

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We drew a circle that took him in!
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9/25/14 11:55 P

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Hey Golfchick, Yes it is a challenge to find that balance between lifting and losing the fat as I have learned not the weight. I spend a lot of time using Bodybuilding.com ( I have the same user name there if you want to find and friend me) but anyway, I first started out here for 1.5 years on sparkpeople focused on cardio and wt loss then started wt lifting and learned alot on BB.com. Anyway, I start with a fasted cardio usually HIIT then hit the wts currently doing jim stoppani shred program (its on BB.com if you go there you see what I mean) then after the wt lifting I do another cardio of about 10-15-20 minutes. I do different body parts on different days then on cardio days I do 30-45 minutes of cardio and throw in some extra ab works. Now what I have found is that my wt is creeping down but my BMI has went down significantly. I was almost 38 and now at 26% (I bought a good caliber from my vitaminshoppe about $25, it stores the wt and measurements). I also used freedieting.com to determine the caloric and macronutrients I need with my workout schedule. I am in the gym doing something 5-6 days a week and here recently picked up golfing and doing water aerobics to mix things up. As you lift weights especialy using the larger muscle parts you will find that you are more hungry which is why the macronutrient balance is important. I just recently started Carb cycling and upped my water intake where now I am seeing more of a balanced wt loss. So to sum it up, if you are doing both it is going to be a challenge but it is doable, just that it will not be as fast as if you were focusing on one or the other. Let me know how it goes for you. And by the way, I am 53 and love the " I can't believe it" remarks and facial expressions.
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Jumping in this thread with both feet! 47 years and counting, proud of every year.

Trying to find a balance between lifting weight and losing weight can be exhausting!! Since I'm training for Highland Games, right now lifting is taking precedence. I have banished my scale for the time being.

Anyone else out there have difficulty trying to strike this balance? Any hints on how to do this better??


Patriots, Red Sox, Keto, Zumba, Highland Games are my passions. I may live in Oregon but my heart still roots for Boston!!


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