I'm lifting at 47. 53 is not old at all. I fully expect myself to be backpacking into my 80s.
Originally Posted by Wanderlust
Perhaps, but I think calorie-counting and weighing on the scale should both be thrown out the window. Instead, lift barbells.
Originally Posted by AdamC29
I have been attending a conditioning class for 10 months with lots of core work, lots of body weight work, somewhat high intensity etc. until recently. The weights were never heavy, but we'd lift them so many times it really hurt. It worked well at first but was no longer adding value. I wasn't getting stronger or seeing body comp changes anymore.
Originally Posted by Catrin
I have started using barbells. After only 3 weeks I can see abs forming. My waist is an inch smaller. I could not do a pushup at all and now I can do 4. I bet today I can do 5. I eat more because I'm hungry and want to be strong. Here's a link to my journal post yesterday with what I ate. I'm guessing that's more than 2000 calories.
I bet I weigh more than 133 now but I don't care. My boyfriend asked me the other day, "How come your legs look so nice lately?" This morning he saw my belly and said, "Woah, look at you! You have abs!" Lifting barbells actually works. I'm not coordinated, either, but I can do this.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Heaviest squat: 180 x 2. Heaviest Deadlift: 230 x 2