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    Hi everyone,

    Im new to the boards. I am not new to paleo or to this website though. I generally eat paleo, and have done so since about a year ago, though I find that I lose way too much weight on it to the point where I need to supplement with rice/potatoes in my primary meals. I am female - was 117 lbs at 56 and now I am 110 pounds (too thin). Right now I am trying to gain weight to get back some curves! So I have been eating much more than usual and more rice/sweet potatoes.

    BUT I would also like to be more toned at the same time. When I gain weight it usually goes to my stomach, and I would like it to go to more appropriate areas! In a word, I want to have some curves I have been at a low weight for my whole life. So, I have signed up for a gym and now I have this routine:

    Gym = 2ce a week, sometimes 3 times, weight exercises, zumba class, yoga. About 1hr and 20 mins for each gym session.
    Home = simple crunches, pushup sets, and a few leg exercises, about 20 mins (any time I dont go to the gym).

    After gym I usually eat lots of meat/protein and drink milk. However, so far (about a month) I have not seen significant progress. Any diet/exercise experts willing to give me some advice on improving this routine???

  • #2
    What are your weight exercises? Best bet would be to do starting strength, the PBF or some other progressive program.
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    • #3
      Starting Strength, New Rules of Lifting for Women, or the PBF.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Dirlot View Post
        What are your weight exercises? Best bet would be to do starting strength, the PBF or some other progressive program.
        I go on weight machines - leg press, leg curl (seated leg extension), outer thigh machines, calf weight, pullups. usually set of 10x 3 times on each (except pullups). I don't really have a lot of time/energy after work for the gym so an hour and 20 mins is about all I can do before getting tired, so I'm not sure if a full on program like PBF is right for me.

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        • #5
          Strength train should be your main focus 2x a week doing heavy compound movements (barbell squat, bench, dead, overhead presses, dips, pullups, etc). Focus on getting stronger... sets of 5 reps.
          Hill sprints 1x a week
          Yoga 1x a week

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          • #6
            Ditch the machines. They isolate muscles in ways that normal usage never would. Compound movements with free weights are what work best, especially since the little muscles that the machines don't hit tend to be the muscles that help with smoothing of the figure. ArthurB has the right idea.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
              Ditch the machines. They isolate muscles in ways that normal usage never would. Compound movements with free weights are what work best, especially since the little muscles that the machines don't hit tend to be the muscles that help with smoothing of the figure. ArthurB has the right idea.
              That makes sense, when I do machines I feel it in an isolated area, but when I do something like squats I feel burn in several areas.

              sets of 5 reps...what does that mean?

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              • #8
                This is a basic primer outlining the starting strength program. For strength you keep reps lower so each set has 5 reps in it. That does not mean you stop at 5 reps it means you should not be able to do a 6th. If you can manage the 5 reps (3 sets of 5 reps) you increase the weight. It is a good progressive way of working.
                If you are going to do work at home I would follow the PBF for a better balance to your workouts - body-weight work is a lot of fun.

                And a full on program is right for everyone...grin. You just need to focus your time in the gym, strength training really should take between 30min and hour depending on your fitness level. Hardcore gym rats go longer but they are looking to achieve something different.
                Last edited by Dirlot; 01-31-2012, 07:48 PM.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dirlot View Post
                  This is a basic primer outlining the starting strength program. For strength you keep reps lower so each set has 5 reps in it. That does not mean you stop at 5 reps it means you should not be able to do a 6th. If you can manage the 5 reps (3 sets of 5 reps) you increase the weight. It is a good progressive way of working.
                  If you are going to do work at home I would follow the PBF for a better balance to your workouts - body-weight work is a lot of fun.

                  And a full on program is right for everyone...grin. You just need to focus your time in the gym, strength training really should take between 30min and hour depending on your fitness level. Hardcore gym rats go longer but they are looking to achieve something different.
                  Ok that guy is so intense wow. But yea I think I will do more weight/strength training and focus less on machines even though they are fun haha

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                  • #10
                    If you want a DIY take on it, pick up the Men's Health Home Workout Bible. Yes, it says "Men's" in the title. That doesn't mean squat. Both genders have the same capabilities, exercise- wise. It's one of the better DIY takes on building your own workout I've seen in quite a while, and does a pretty good job of breaking it up by equipment and beginner to advanced. It's the one I'm using right now.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
                      That doesn't mean squat.
                      Yes it does!...lol...(taken way out of context but had to be done!)
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Dirlot View Post
                        Yes it does!...lol...(taken way out of context but had to be done!)
                        Given that it has squats even I find challenging, yeah, it does!
                        (It has beginner versions,too, Lev, don't wig out on me. Trust us, try a decent weight routine.)
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                        • #13
                          Real weights = real woman!
                          Last edited by Dirlot; 01-31-2012, 09:25 PM.
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                          • #14
                            I would say your current routine sounds very "chronic cardio"-ish and the weight levels you are using are not nearly challenging enough. Perhaps there is a CrossFit box near you that is not caught up in the "elite fitness" dogma that can help?

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                            • #15
                              Have you downloaded Mark's free e-book?

                              Primal Blueprint Fitness | Mark's Daily Apple

                              The "Lift Heavy Things" consists of five different exercises at varying levels to create strength, build muscle and tone the whole of the body

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