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    I am going to be 30yo on Feb 1 and I want to feel better, be stronger, and be thinner. I need to lose weight and am looking to lift weights to help with that. I want to set some goals so I have something to strive for. My first goal is to be able to do a pull-up. I'm not sure how to go about getting goals for squat, dead, and bench. What would be considered a solid weight to lift for a 30yo female? I was a D3 soccer player and have lifted on and off over the years. Thoughts? I want to get stronger while losing inches. I'm currently 5'4" 181lbs, so plenty to lose.

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    Don't focus on a weigh goal but rather focus on increasing your weight each session. I would use either starting strength, strong lifts or Primal Blue Print fitness.
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      Buying a pull-up bar was the best exercise investment I made. I started in February, I'm almost 52 and I'd never even done 1 chin up (palms facing you) and now I can do 3. It does't just work your upper body it also works your core. I started out by jumping up to the bar and holding myself as long as I could. I then worked on jumping up to the bar and slowly lowering myself. I put the bar in a doorway and often when I passed the doorway I would jump up and lower myself. I was soon able to do a chin-up.
      Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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        Originally posted by Urban Forager View Post
        Buying a pull-up bar was the best exercise investment I made. I started in February, I'm almost 52 and I'd never even done 1 chin up (palms facing you) and now I can do 3. It does't just work your upper body it also works your core. I started out by jumping up to the bar and holding myself as long as I could. I then worked on jumping up to the bar and slowly lowering myself. I put the bar in a doorway and often when I passed the doorway I would jump up and lower myself. I was soon able to do a chin-up.
        Ahh, greasing the groove at its finest! Congrats on the chin-ups!
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          Originally posted by Urban Forager View Post
          Buying a pull-up bar was the best exercise investment I made. I started in February, I'm almost 52 and I'd never even done 1 chin up (palms facing you) and now I can do 3. It does't just work your upper body it also works your core. I started out by jumping up to the bar and holding myself as long as I could. I then worked on jumping up to the bar and slowly lowering myself. I put the bar in a doorway and often when I passed the doorway I would jump up and lower myself. I was soon able to do a chin-up.
          I'm already working through Mark's progression in PBF and trying pull-ups at the park whenever there with the kids. Just not there yet. Trying to figure out good goals for the other things for now.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Dirlot View Post
            Don't focus on a weigh goal but rather focus on increasing your weight each session. I would use either starting strength, strong lifts or Primal Blue Print fitness.
            Welcome to getting strong.
            That's the plan, to increase weight each time. But I'd like to have a goal, that's just how I am. I am doing PBF once a week and lifting once a week. I like to be able to see the weights progress and PBF just doesn't do that for me. I have no idea what a good weight would be.

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