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  • #16
    I'd say if you're donig more than 15 reps... you need to add.weight or leverage.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by BarefootExplorer View Post
      Alright, update. Yesterday I went for a walk into town and back with the baby in a stroller. I did the whole thing barefoot. I figure it was about 2.5-3 miles round trip. Then later in the day I went to the mall. I forgot my purse at a store, forcing me to walk to length of the mall about 3 times. The whole thing was very enjoyable. I got slightly sore, but nothing too bad. Today is my first day for "Lift Heavy Things". I am planning on doing Squats, Push-ups, Pull-Downs, Inverted Row, and Lunges. I have the option of doing this all slightly weighted if I want to. I am not really sure how many of each of these to do. Is it better to do a bunch of them unweighted, or just a few with 5lbs in each hand?
      start with 5 sets of 5-8 repetitions with 10lbs in each hand

      Be sure you use proper form for your squats. As a beginner it will take some practice. Concentrate on perfect form until your stabilizers get strong enough to make it second nature. probably a few weeks-month.

      ooh mama your muscles are gonna hate you!
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      • #18
        Alright, just did my first weight training!! I think it went well.

        Here is what I did:
        Squats: 5 lbs in each hand. 4 sets of 5
        Push-Ups: (girlie version) 4 sets of 5
        Lateral Pull-Downs: 32.5 lbs 3 sets of 10
        Inverted Rows: 3 sets of 5
        Lunges: 10 lbs 3 trips across the living room

        I got pretty winded, but I don't think it was too bad. My legs feel a bit rubbery. I don't do this again until Monday. What do you think?

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        • #19
          I have a question about diet to those who were encouraging the protein. Let me tell you about what I usually eat protein-wise and you tell me if you think it is enough.

          Breakfast: 2-3 eggs, 1-2 links of sausage or 1-2 peices of bacon
          Lunch: large handful of leftover meat
          Snack: nuts, cheese or beef jerky
          Dinner: large serving of meat, usually a pork chop or chicken breast

          I supplement all of this with large amounts of veggies, lots of butter and lard, and the occasional piece of fruit or sweet potato. I also drink a glass of raw milk almost every day.

          Critiques?

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          • #20
            Originally posted by BarefootExplorer View Post
            Alright, just did my first weight training!! I think it went well.

            Here is what I did:
            Squats: 5 lbs in each hand. 4 sets of 5
            Push-Ups: (girlie version) 4 sets of 5
            Lateral Pull-Downs: 32.5 lbs 3 sets of 10
            Inverted Rows: 3 sets of 5
            Lunges: 10 lbs 3 trips across the living room

            I got pretty winded, but I don't think it was too bad. My legs feel a bit rubbery. I don't do this again until Monday. What do you think?
            I think this looks great for your first time! You might get some Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) over the next couple of days, so not lifting again until Monday is probably a good thing. Remember that even your 95 pound body is a "heavy weight" to lift, so lots of bodyweight exercises fit perfectly into that category. There are so many squat/lunge/pushup variations that if you look for them you won't get bored. If you ignore the nutrition information, Body By Glamour (yes, Glamour magazine) actually has great strength training circuits that keep things interesting. You can look it up online and join for free. If you do that, just remember that you can scale it to what you're comfortable with, like 6-8 reps instead of 12, or going through the circuit once instead of twice, etc.

            Keep it up, it sounds like you're doing great so far!
            You are what you eat,
            and what you eat eats too - Michael Pollan

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