Weight and Resistance Training - Exercises?

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03-17-2008, 05:02 PM
I'm a complete newbie to strength training, and I have no idea where to start! . Walking, videos, and the gym won't be an option for me until about two or three months, but I still want to get some exercise in, and build up strength. I currently have two 5 pound free weights, so I was wondering if you ladies had any suggestions about specific exercises to do. How many reps/minutes/times a week should I do those exercises?

I've read through some of the sticky threads, but I can't really find any information about specific exercises to do. Help? :)

03-17-2008, 05:14 PM
Did you read any of the links in the stickies? If you follow the links, there is a bunch of good information.

This is specifically a good site to read over

Also, quite a few of us are doing the book "New Rules of Lifting for Women" which is excellent.

I have to put a plug in for kettlebells which I love and we have a sticky about.

03-17-2008, 05:45 PM
I did go through her site, and there are a few exercises I'm interested in trying, but many seem a bit.. advanced for me. What about arm/chest work? Just basic stuff, standing up, etc etc.

03-17-2008, 06:09 PM
Did you look at this section?


It has beginner workouts.

03-17-2008, 06:31 PM
If you think that these are too advanced for you, take a look at an older book called Strong Women Stay Young by Miriam Nelson. She has very basic exercises for people who are at a very very beginning level. In fact, I just checked, and she has the programs on a website here (http://www.strongwomen.com)

03-17-2008, 07:09 PM
I want to throw in, that as a complete newbie to strength training too, I found the exercises in NRL4W very eay to follow. Particularlly as there aren't that many exercises per workout. Don't be afraid to try it.