Do you lift?

I did when I was doing CrossFit workouts, but between baby and not having worked out in a long time, my tendonitis got unbearable in my elbows. Recently I saw the doc and got cortisone shots which helped immensely.

Anyway, instead of doing more reps of lighter weights, Crossfit uses heavier weights (min 45 for just the bar) and kettlebells are usually 25 lbs. You do notice the toning a lot faster IMO, but you have to have proper technique (especially when doing the Olympic style lifts) or you could hurt something. Here's a link directly to demos http://www.crossfit.com/cf-info/excercise.html#Oly
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Yes, I saw the quickest results in my legs, especially now I'm doing squats and lunges with a bar. My triceps get massive not quickly though so I have to be careful if I don't want that happening.
Originally Posted by curlylaura
You might want to let your triceps get a little big. They are one of the first things to fall and flab out on older women, even the thinner ones. Think bat wings you see on older women. A good amount of tricep muscle will keep that from happening.
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I loved lifting in my youth (college mostly). I'm a tiny little thing, so I always felt really tough lifting decent-sized weights. I don't normally bulk up too much when I lift, but at one point in college I was working out with the athletic department's strength and conditioning coach and I bulked up to the highest weight of my life (excluding pregnancy). My legs especially were THICK (but they were thicker then anyway, because I was a college cheerleader).

I'm much scrawnier now and don't have time to lift much since having a baby - but I maintain muscle definition by doing a simple "lifting" program at home. Four simple exercises, done whenever I have the chance (aiming for 3 sets each, 3 days a week). They work all the major muscle groups - pushups, pullups, squats, and lunges. Sometimes I do the squats & lunges with my baby on my back, which really makes them challenging! It really takes hardly any time at all.
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I've been lifting for almost 8 years now. I used to be a weak little skinny fat flabby thing and I like the structure that lifting gives me. I like the ego boost, too. I'll admit I get a sense of satisfaction when I see some woman curling a 5lb dumbell and I go stand by her and curl a 20 lb one, or when I'm doing leg presses and the guy after me has to lower the weight stack on the machine.

My shoulders, back and triceps are where I really see results. Those areas tend to be underused in women so they tend to go flabby first.

Unfortunately, my muscle gains have been tapering off due to not having a clean diet. If I wanted to have the body of a fitness body I'd have to go on a clean bulk and actually gain a little weight and then go on a pretty extreme cutting diet to get all the fat off. I don't know if I can physically and (especially) mentally handle that kind of commitment

I think naturally muscular women are the most beautiful. I think fitness models are sexier than fashion models. To me becoming muscular and still being sexy is a big f-you to society's standards on feminine beauty. Its a women saying "I'll shape my body the way I see fit".
Originally Posted by riotkitty
What would you eat on a "clean" diet? I want to enhance my muscle tone.
I've been lifting for almost 8 years now. I used to be a weak little skinny fat flabby thing and I like the structure that lifting gives me. I like the ego boost, too. I'll admit I get a sense of satisfaction when I see some woman curling a 5lb dumbell and I go stand by her and curl a 20 lb one, or when I'm doing leg presses and the guy after me has to lower the weight stack on the machine.

My shoulders, back and triceps are where I really see results. Those areas tend to be underused in women so they tend to go flabby first.

Unfortunately, my muscle gains have been tapering off due to not having a clean diet. If I wanted to have the body of a fitness body I'd have to go on a clean bulk and actually gain a little weight and then go on a pretty extreme cutting diet to get all the fat off. I don't know if I can physically and (especially) mentally handle that kind of commitment

I think naturally muscular women are the most beautiful. I think fitness models are sexier than fashion models. To me becoming muscular and still being sexy is a big f-you to society's standards on feminine beauty. Its a women saying "I'll shape my body the way I see fit".
Originally Posted by riotkitty
What would you eat on a "clean" diet? I want to enhance my muscle tone.
Originally Posted by Phoenix
Nothing processed. No simple carbs or sugars. Lots of lean proteins. Quality fats like fish or olive oil. Lots of veggies, but not much fruit. Whole complex grains like oatmeal.

Here's an article that kind of explains what to do:
http://nutrition.suite101.com/articl..._eating_basics

Its recommended to take a "cheat day" once a week to keep from feeling deprived.

I tried a diet like this were I allowed one small cheat snack a day like candy or fries. It totally worked, but I eventually fell off it.

The most important thing to remember even if you don't eat clean is to take in enough protein. Eat a little protein with every meal. You may want to drink a protein shake after your weight workouts.
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I have this machine in my basement that my ex left. I did a lot of upper body exercises using the machine in conjunction with step aerobics. Unfortunately, I developed my back and shoulders just enough that now I have serious problems trying to find shirts that fit me. I'm large busted and I went from a 36D to a 38D, but I'm still relatively narrow on the bottom. Nothing fits me anymore. I have so much trouble finding tops that don't stretch tightly across the boobs and that's because my back is a little wider and fuller from the workouts on the machine. If I do find something that fits, it's usually way to big everywhere else. I feel like a football player sometimes and I don't like it. Anyway, just a warning that be careful what kind of weight lifting you do if you don't want to bulk up.
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Yes, I saw the quickest results in my legs, especially now I'm doing squats and lunges with a bar. My triceps get massive not quickly though so I have to be careful if I don't want that happening.
Originally Posted by curlylaura
You might want to let your triceps get a little big. They are one of the first things to fall and flab out on older women, even the thinner ones. Think bat wings you see on older women. A good amount of tricep muscle will keep that from happening.
Originally Posted by riotkitty
Yeah but I think it looks gross on me. I'm just maintaining at the moment, although they're probably bigger than most women's my age, they're not as big as they got.
Fat does not make you fat. It's actually pretty important.
I do not lift weights - I'm a believer in the stance that weights shouldn't be used until your body weight no longer offers you a challenge strength-wise. Hence, I do Pilates.

I used to lift, and Pilates has my body looking much better than lifting ever did.
I do not lift weights - I'm a believer in the stance that weights shouldn't be used until your body weight no longer offers you a challenge strength-wise. Hence, I do Pilates.
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Originally Posted by goldilocks777
Except if you are really weak, you need something to work you until you can eventually lift your body weight. Before I started lifting I couldn't do a single pushup on my feet. After about a year of chest and tricep work, I could do several, and now I can do tricep pushups on my feet and regular pushups on one foot.

Pilates is cool though. I think its quite harmonious with a lifting regimen because it stretches the muscles and trains you to have better posture which is very important in lifting. I used to do it more often, but I cut it out to get more cardio time in. I'm considering putting it back in.
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I definitely agree with you, riotkitty - but I think there are generally modifications that can be made to work up to your body weight (e.g. doing pushups on a stability ball, knees, etc.). I find that the added challenge of stability that is presented when using your own body (or, similarly, free weights) provides a much more "balanced" toned look. Ultimately, though, everybody's gotta do what's right for them!
I've been lifting for almost 8 years now. I used to be a weak little skinny fat flabby thing and I like the structure that lifting gives me. I like the ego boost, too. I'll admit I get a sense of satisfaction when I see some woman curling a 5lb dumbell and I go stand by her and curl a 20 lb one, or when I'm doing leg presses and the guy after me has to lower the weight stack on the machine.

My shoulders, back and triceps are where I really see results. Those areas tend to be underused in women so they tend to go flabby first.

Unfortunately, my muscle gains have been tapering off due to not having a clean diet. If I wanted to have the body of a fitness body I'd have to go on a clean bulk and actually gain a little weight and then go on a pretty extreme cutting diet to get all the fat off. I don't know if I can physically and (especially) mentally handle that kind of commitment

I think naturally muscular women are the most beautiful. I think fitness models are sexier than fashion models. To me becoming muscular and still being sexy is a big f-you to society's standards on feminine beauty. Its a women saying "I'll shape my body the way I see fit".
Originally Posted by riotkitty
What would you eat on a "clean" diet? I want to enhance my muscle tone.
Originally Posted by Phoenix
Nothing processed. No simple carbs or sugars. Lots of lean proteins. Quality fats like fish or olive oil. Lots of veggies, but not much fruit. Whole complex grains like oatmeal.

Here's an article that kind of explains what to do:
http://nutrition.suite101.com/articl..._eating_basics

Its recommended to take a "cheat day" once a week to keep from feeling deprived.

I tried a diet like this were I allowed one small cheat snack a day like candy or fries. It totally worked, but I eventually fell off it.

The most important thing to remember even if you don't eat clean is to take in enough protein. Eat a little protein with every meal. You may want to drink a protein shake after your weight workouts.
Originally Posted by riotkitty
Thanks!
I just wanted to share this link as it been a great source of inspiration to me:

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/trans_f.htm

These are transformation stories of women that have changed their bodies through weightlifting and body building. There's women of all kinds in here, and they list what they've done to accomplish their goals.
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