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  • #16
    A good website for info on the different lifts, muscles the lifts target, etc., is ExRx Exercise -- they even have gifs of many of the lifts.

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    • #17
      I'm interested to hear (see) how lifting works out for you. Every time a female asks me how to get in better shape I tell them to lift heavy weights, same as a man. Very very few follow my advice. I'm betting you'll be happy with results in time.

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      • #18
        I'm pretty sure I will be happy with weight lifting. I thought it was really fun. I did it many many years ago, just with machines, and I really liked it way back then. I do try to go slowly and not use momentum. I am of the age where trying to find shortcuts to things no longer holds an appeal. "Half measures availed us nothing" is sort of a credo.

        Thanks for the forum suggestions. I don't do facebook, but if I can read her facebook page without joining that will be great. I might get the starting strength book anyway just to keep feeding my interest. I find if I feed my interests I stick to things better. That's why I come here.
        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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        • #19
          Hey, good luck and congrats on joining the strength training world! I would also highly recommend using the starting strength template, but his recommendations are geared to teenage boys, overeating on purpose, so you might not find the insanely rapid progress that some prescribe to SS. You might want to run the SS program itself but only do it twice per week, leaving more time for recovery and your long walks, etc. It is most definitely effective, simple, and not a scam or shortcut.
          If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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          • #20
            Krista (at Stumptuous) is awesome and was one of the big influences for me in deciding to start lifting. She's very funny and knows her stuff, and she's usually pretty cool about answering questions and emails too. She's very much woman oriented and is also a primal/paleo eater. You might also check out Gubernatrix — the joy of strength training - weight training, strength, fitness, weights, losing fat, women's weight training, bodyweight, free weights, powerlifting, dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, bodybuilding, olympic weightlifting as another good woman-oriented training site.

            I definitely find I recover better from my barbell sessions than I have from circuit classes or things like CF metcons where you do a lot of volume. I will get some soreness, but even pushing hard I don't generally hurt like I would from a higher rep program. Of course, the other big part of recovery is eating and sleeping properly, but you already know that.

            Anyhow, glad you've decided to give it a go. I think you'll find it a very different experience from the classes you were taking in both how you feel and in the results you get.
            “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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            • #21
              [QUOTE=sbhikes;9841I don't do facebook, but if I can read her facebook page without joining[/QUOTE]

              I have a phantom facebook account for just this purpose. Easy enough to create as millions have already done.
              Wheat is the new tobacco. Spread the word.

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              • #22
                Congratulations on starting to lift!

                Krista (Stumptuous) is a fabulous resource for women interested in iron! Sally Moss (the Gubernatrix) is the other major female resource. And congrats on hiring a PT to help you understand how a lift should feel.

                While soreness (DOMS) is a funny thing, I find that I am rarely sore from lifting and I get great joy from it. If you get into it, you will find that your scale is going up, but your clothes are fitting better (or differently - but in a good way). I also find that lifting helped with the hormonal stresses of being a middle aged woman.

                If you really enjoy it, DO use a gym membership or you will find yourself regularly wanting to expand your weight collection at home. I'm to the point where most of workout is done with a barbell and weight plates; it took me about 2 years to get to that point, but I'm betting it doesn't take you that long. (I was held back by a trainer).

                At the moment I'm training for my first power lifting competition next month. My squat is sad (but I just had my hip replaced a year ago)... but my deadlift and bench are acceptable. Especially for a 60 year old female.

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                • #23
                  Congrats!
                  I'm a personal trainer and have all my females lift. Feel free to shoot me a message if you have any questions!

                  Ask your trainer what his favorite book on training is...
                  SixStringStrength.com

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                  • #24
                    Thank you for the link, Owly. I'm enjoying reading the "back issues" of her blog.
                    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                    • #25
                      So awesome that you enjoyed your lifting session!! I start mine today as well, can't wait to put the girls down for a nap, lol!!

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                      • #26
                        I just came back from doing it on my own without the trainer. Our arrangement is for three sessions, once a week. She'll teach me stuff and I'll do it on my own and bring any questions to her. I think because we had to do the intake forms last time that she didn't teach me everything yet. But anyway, doing what she had on her list for me, my arms are going to be fried and stiff. But not my legs. I hope she gives me more leg stuff. She only gave me squats. Man those military presses suck royally. I thought my guts might come out my belly button. It was a lot of fun and I feel great.
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
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                          Man those military presses suck royally. I thought my guts might come out my belly button. It was a lot of fun and I feel great.
                          ROFL! I love lifting heavy things, too! Even the LHT soreness is nice! Welcome to the club!

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                          • #28
                            Press day on Wednesday for me! Glad you had fun with them.
                            “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

                            Owly's Journal

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                            • #29
                              It makes me hungry though. How do I deal with that? I feel like a ravenous beast that wants to eat everything. Not chocolate, though. I want meat and vegetables. More more more.
                              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                              • #30
                                I feel ravenous and definitely want more meat (and veg too, but meat most of all). I just go with it and satisfy the desire for protein since I think my body wants it for recovery. The other day after the gym I polished off two chicken legs (and we're talking 1/4 chicken type legs, not just drums) plus a pile of fries. Tonight it was a huge bowl of stew.

                                I tend to eat less on the off days sort of naturally. I think it balances out.
                                “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

                                Owly's Journal

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