Weight and Resistance Training - When did you begin weight training?

02-06-2012, 10:56 PM
For those of you who do it, did you wait until you lost weight to start or do it as you lost weight? Did you do alternating days of cardio/weight training? I feel so weak and bad every time I lift! Maybe I should get the new rules of lifting too. :shrug:

02-06-2012, 11:11 PM
I didn't start weight training until about 6 months ago, so about 7 months into it. Why? I thought i would hate it. But I love it (I do BodyPump at the gym which is a resistance training class)

I do resistance training twice a week, yoga/stretching twice a week and cardio three times a week. I double up a cardio and strength training class once a week, so I don't exeercise every day.

02-07-2012, 03:18 AM
I started weights a few weeks in but caused minor injuries (probably by trying to do too much too soon) that took so long to heal it's been more of a dabble here and there until a few weeks ago. Read a book that suggests strength training over cardio for weight loss and thought I'd give it a proper try. (right now I'm doing no cardio to give it a fair shot and early indications are good)

I generally do day 1 upper body, day 2 lower body, day 3 rest, in a constant cycle

02-07-2012, 05:29 AM
Definitely get the book News Rules of Lifting! I loved it. ;)

I started about half way through my journey (so the low end of the 190's) simply because then I had access to a gym. At the beginning I was lifting about 3x per week but now I lift 1x per week and swim about 3x per week (I have crappy knees so I can't do any leg workouts).

02-07-2012, 05:56 AM
I started weight training right when I started making an effort to lose weight. Mostly because I truly hate cardio and because weight training makes me feel really good. It takes time to build those muscles and to build them the way you want them.

I actually do Pilates five days a week and I weight train three days a week. I've done split routines in the past, but wasn't doing Pilates at that time. I like keeping the Pilates in the morning because it helps me to stretch out the sore muscles from the evening before. I weight train in the late afternoons or evenings. I do very little cardio, mostly just rowing on an erg rower. I'm getting a dog soon so I'm sure I'll be walking again on a daily basis.

I really love having a trainer to work with once a week. Helps me to get my form right. Better to lift low and have the right form. I've had too many setbacks from poor form that gave me injuries that took time to heal.

02-07-2012, 05:29 PM
I started NROL4W back in September 2011 and love it. I'm on stage 5 and I'm hooked for life, lol.

I do cardio at the end of my workouts per the book but not like I used to. My focus is strength training and sometimes I do some yoga but mostly it's the weights. It's the only thing that I've found that keeps me both lean with some nice muscle definition. Cardio alone didn't do that.

02-12-2012, 04:49 PM
I started weight training the same time i was introduced to the gym lol. From what I heard, people said that if you dont do weight lifting you will have saggy skin left over.. so for that reason I did it. I started weight lifting last year after 2 years of break.
I do it after 60 mins of cardio, 5 days a week

I enjoy weight lifting now :) it feels good, and it also relaxes me

02-12-2012, 04:52 PM
I started about a year ago but I wish I'd started a LONG time ago. It's fun, makes me feel awesome, and makes me look amazing!!! And, it's SO good for you.

02-12-2012, 05:07 PM
I'm new to weights, I started perhaps 4 weeks ago now. I do BodyPump twice a week and love it! The first few classes I found it frustrating not being able to do the moves, and I also found it REALLY tough. But already after a short time things have got much easier and I've been advised to start upping my weights already, which is a little scary but also exciting. I love the thought of being fit and strong, bring it on :)

I also do spinning once a week, hydrojog once a week and walk/jog/aerobic DVDs whenever I can :)

02-12-2012, 06:49 PM
I just reread (I'm such a bad skimmer, I'm so sorry) and see that you feel badly after you work out.

When do you workout and what do you eat/drink before and after... and what does your workout schedule look like exactly?

02-12-2012, 09:02 PM
I'm a New Rules person too. Love it!

If you feel crappy and weak during your lifting sessions, you might want to think a little bit about your diet. I definitely CANNOT go into the gym and work hard unless I've eaten something substantial and high in protein within the last couple of hours. At the very least, I have one of those chobani yogurts to give my body something to draw on.

02-14-2012, 07:24 PM
Sorry guys, I worded that weird. I didn't actually mean that I felt 'bad' after I exercised, I just felt guilty like I wasn't trying hard enough, and I feel weak while I'm doing them. Anyway, I just got New Rules of Lifting and I have a question about it since some of you have done it, but I'm going to post it in the NROL thread! Thanks for all the answers though, everyone.

02-15-2012, 09:58 AM
2005. I started losing the weight in 2003 and got down to skinny fat (5'5 and 109lbs!!!) and weigh training helped me gain up to 125lbs looking fit! wish I had started earlier!

02-24-2012, 01:33 PM
I recently started weight lifting, I lost 15lbs just cutting calories and doing cardio but I got stuck and I'm very unhappy with how my body looks so I'm giving weight lifting a try.

After reading posts on here I bought New Lifting Rules as well. I just started but I'm doing it 3x a week with 20-30 minutes of cardio afterwards and then just cardio 1-2 a week.

I'd like to be able to get to my goal weight, but I'd also be happy getting to my goal size (4) even if I don't lost more weight.

02-27-2012, 01:41 AM
I started lifting before even thinking of starting a diet xD. I started lifting in november 2009 and started dieting on oct 2010.

In these years i've done all kinds of rutines : 5 days working diferent body parts, 4 days working upper body one day and lower body the next, 3 days working 2 muscles every day and not repeting them in the same week; ABA BAB rutines, high reps, low reps ... you name it.

I do cardio every day, what i'm doing now is Turbulence Training wich is an ABA BAB type of training with HIIT after weights, and 30 minutes cardio the rest of the days

03-27-2012, 06:21 PM
I started doing weights right about the same time I started eating better and doing cardio. I do upper body resistance right now every other day, along w/the treadmill every day. I've started out w/low weights, (or girl weights as my husband would put it) and I'm slowly working my way to larger weights.

03-27-2012, 07:15 PM
my initiation into weight-lifting came after i went from a pathetic 220lbs/size 26 on a VLCD (9 months of it!) and plateau'd out. dr said it was time to bring the calories up and start exercising, so i went to a gym where i was emphatic that i didn't want to get "all big and muscle-y" as i looked with horror at the pictures of famous bodybuilders and fitness athletes all over the walls.

needless to say, remembering that makes me feel a right prat now, lol.

i started off with a typical noob routine - major cardio, light weights, high reps, full-body routine done 3x/wk

after i'd been going assiduously for a few weeks, i was going mental on the lifestep when a guy behind me commented on my gluteal assets. whoever he spoke with chided him and said although he agreed, what was more hot was the amount of work i'd been putting in. i was absolutely mortified and when i finished the set, i turned around to give them a piece of my mind and there was nobody there but a short white guy (blonde/blue) built like a brick s----house.

i apologized, said i thought he was someone else who was just talking a few minutes ago, and literally nearly fell off the machine when he answered in a thick west indian accent - he was from trinidad.

we had a great conversation where he critiqued my form (the exercise, i mean), informed me i was working way under my potential, and gave me tips to make the exercise more profitable in less time (i was doing 45min sessions).

couple weeks later, i saw him again and asked him for help with the seated lat pull at the cable station - it was really hurting my right shoulder. he told me the trainer had taught me all wrong (the trainer had me sitting too far back and leaning forward so the hook for the bar was ripping hair out of my head on the way up and down unless i tucked my chin down and cheated my head to the right), corrected my form, then asked if i was interested in a REAL trainer.

he trained me for 2-1/2yrs and i've loved slinging metal ever since although now i prefer the instant gratification of powerlifting to the long-term outlook of bodybuilding.

03-27-2012, 11:07 PM
I started consistently strength training about 6 weeks ago...that was about 10 months into my journey!! and I love it!! I can already tell the difference in my waist ..legs and back...I wish I would have listen to EVERYONE who said to start earlier!!

03-28-2012, 10:58 AM
I started in Sept 2011 with a personal trainer and I LOVE IT! It totally shapes me and I fit into smaller sizes compared to what the scale says! I'm increasing my cardio now though.

03-28-2012, 06:13 PM
I started in late January with the goal of improving my body composition. Before weight lifting, I was a cardio queen with proportionately skinny legs and wobbly belly, boobs, and arms. I'm at a healthy weight for my height, but was super skinny-fat with a lot of cellulite and not much strength.

I'm a little prone to injury, so I'm probably not lifting as heavy as I could but in general try to stick to fewer reps heavier weight. 2-3x per week, I do a variety of squats (deep, front loading), lunges with off-set weights, and plenty of work with barbells and my body weight. So far I've managed to avoid straining anything and have seen a shift in my shape from a fuller stomach, slender bottom to tighter tummy, thicker thighs and butt, which is a little alarming, but I think I've just got to keep pushing on and working through my fat layer while a more pear-shaped figure emerges.

One thing I have noticed is that HIIT plus weights has increased my cardiovascular ability much more than straight miles upon miles ever did. I used to be challenged by running at 6.5 on the treadmill and now can blast it at 8. My longer runs are also much springier and fast.

04-04-2012, 02:11 PM
I started about a year ago but I wish I'd started a LONG time ago. It's fun, makes me feel awesome, and makes me look amazing!!! And, it's SO good for you.

I started lifting after I had lost most of my weight, and one of my biggest regrets is that I didn't start earlier... I could have held on to a lot more muscle that way. But what's done is done, and now I'm actively building.

It's never too early to strength train! :D

04-05-2012, 02:29 AM
I started because of Crossfit.

Before Crossfit, I was working out for months. I did a 6 week program in the winter and was working out at a bootcamp and other exercise classes 3 times per week. I watched what I ate and litterally lost 0.2 lbs that whole time.

Enter Crossfit. I've only been doing it for a month or so and lost 5lbs but made REAL changes to my body. For the first time in my life my left arm has a noticable bicep muscle lol.

It really makes me wonder why I didn't lift weights before. It is amazing.

04-05-2012, 05:19 PM
I started when my kids went back to school last fall...that's when I started my weight loss journey. I slowly started doing cardio too after a month of weight lifting. I've been working with a trainer since then and recently bought the NROLFW, a weight bench and some 15, 20, and 25 lb dumbbells to work out on my own at home.

I love lifting!