Do you lift?

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If so, how long did it take before you noticed any muscle development/toning?
I used to. It depends on your body type and what exactly you're lifting, but it takes at least three weeks and sometimes more. I have very little body fat so I saw results in less than a month.
I don't bulk up or build muscle very easily. But I think I looked more toned within a few weeks.
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I have one of those short/sturdy bodytypes, and I bulk up very easily...too easily. When I'm in shape, I do try to do a little weightlifting to get stronger, but I have to be careful not to get too big, because that's just not attractive.
I felt results within about 3 weeks, but I am not sure how much of a difference it's making in appearance yet. You can feel a lot of muscle under my fat, but I still need to lose the fat in order for it to show more. But my arms, shoulders, back and legs are less jiggly, so I guess it shows in that way.

It's difficult for most women to "bulk" up because most women lack the testosterone to add large amounts of muscle. There are definitely exceptions, particularly among short, stocky women, like RCW noted, but for the most part when you see very "bulky" muscles on weight-lifting women, they have had to use some sort of hormone supplements.
well, i did a lot of heavy lifting at my job and certainly have noticed a lot of muscle development in my biceps. not bulky by any means, just...there. i started this job in may and really started noticing by the middle of summer...but that doesn't mean it showed up then, i just started noticing it then. i really like how my arms look, and want to continue lifting and working the rest of my body at the gym.
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I lift weights at the gym-- especially free weights-- but not enough to bulk up. I just wanted some womanly muscle tone and compared to how I remember my arms looked last year, I think my arms are looking a lot better now.

I'm 5 foot 6 and I have pretty long limbs and torso. I don't bulk up very easily but I can look pretty flabby very easily.
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I started lifting a few months ago. I control my diet to promote lean muscle mass growth and I noticed a difference in about a month.
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I've been doing interval training with light weights (under five lbs), and I saw noticeable differences in about two weeks time.
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I always notice a difference pretty quickly in my shoulders and upper arms (2-3 weeks). It's one of the reasons weight lifting is one of my favorite exercises: [practically] instant results.
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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".
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i've been lifting for years but with a different emphasis/focus over the years. i also do pilates which i think tones. i was lifting light weights but i think i'm going to up the weights and change my diet and really get focused. the results usually come in a about 4-6 weeks. drinking lots of water is key. women's health is a great magazine for ideas on lifting and good health/fitness information. fitness is also good but it's more for a begginer to intermediate workout person and it has articles about fitness and general health. shape mag is more about beauty and super stars but also has some useful fitness info. good luck. you can't go wrong with lifting.
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My favorite magazine for lifting and fitness advice is Oxygen.
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I always notice a difference pretty quickly in my shoulders and upper arms (2-3 weeks). It's one of the reasons weight lifting is one of my favorite exercises: [practically] instant results.
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Same here.
My favorite magazine for lifting and fitness advice is Oxygen.
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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.
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I need to lift more....

When I first started lifting, I was extremely underweight, so saw results almost instantly. I tend to have a lot of muscle definition but NOT bulk in my body type, though, which means results definitely show more easily than for many people. I don't know if it's normal for most people, but lifting weights and building muscle seemed to help at a time I was unable to put on weight otherwise.

Now, it helps me get rid of excess weight.... so either way, it works well for me!
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I don't know if it's normal for most people, but lifting weights and building muscle seemed to help at a time I was unable to put on weight otherwise.

Now, it helps me get rid of excess weight.... so either way, it works well for me!
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My SO is like the first scenario. He lifts weights to gain weight and/or maintain a healthy weight. If he doesn't lift for a while, he loses weight quickly.

I fit into the second scenario. Although I haven't lost "weight" exactly, because I have been stuck at the same weight for a few months, I am seeing changes in my body because I am burning fat and building muscle. I weigh the same as I did in the beginning of June, but my whole body looks better. I am hoping that once I lose the rest of this padding, my muscle definition will be more visible - right now everything is just looking MUCH firmer.

Plus, weight training is fun.

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