This is true.
Originally Posted by not on the rug
You can do squats without barbells. You can do it with just body weight to start and then hold a dumbbell in front or two up by your ears. Increase the reps to something like 12, then pick heavier dumbbells and start at 5 and work your way up to 12 reps again. Something like that will work.
Deadlift is great. I'm surprised what it does for my core strength. Makes me feel good too. It is the only lift I have done that gives me a reliable sense of satisfaction in regards to my progress. I'm pretty sure that deadlift and squats are the best way to get a nice round butt.
I hired a trainer to teach me how to use the equipment and how to do the lifts. She didn't teach me the same way that Rippetoe does them, but that's okay. Learning about using the equipment and having someone watch and let me know when I got to parallel or whether my back was rounded or whatever was really helpful since these movements were all new to me and even knowing what my body was doing was a challenge. Learning about gym rules was helpful. Just having someone there so I wasn't lost was helpful. I only needed her for 3 sessions so it wasn't too expensive. I think lifting barbells is fun, but if you really don't want to do it, there are way better looking women than me in the gym just using dumbbells and machines and doing chinups.
Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.