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Old 07-02-2012, 09:58 AM   #211  
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Hahaha, jamsk8r, you're straight-up crazy. I'm sure that would've taken me all day.

In other news, I dropped the end of a barbell on my big toe yesterday as I was re-racking after my deadlifts. Hurt like a son of a gun. But I'm quite sure this morning that it's not broken, just contused. Gonna tape it & force myself to rest it (nothing makes me want a nice, long walk more than knowing I shouldn't do it ). Icing also. I'm kind of amazed, given what a klutz I am, that the sum total of my stupid stunts in the gym for the last 2 years is falling off a treadmill once, thwacking myself in the chin with a barbell during a push press once, and this. Not bad.
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:34 AM   #212  
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The toe is fine! Hallelujah. Great workout this morning: 1-arm db snatches, barbell squats, pistol squats, decline pushups, db push press, cable reverse wood chops, plank walkups, followed by some interval cardio (sets of burpees).

Today's my birthday-- the big 3-0! Feeling quite pleased at the fact that I'm in the best shape of my life. Ditching the deficit today to feed my muscles!
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:02 PM   #213  
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Happy Birthday sumire! You're a machine - those are pretty much all the exercises that hurt the most. I tried pistol squats in my living room the other day and fell down promptly - maybe one day! You're a big inspiration to all of us who want to get leaner and stronger. Enjoy the day!
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:23 PM   #214  
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^^ Yeah, F pistols! haha I am an athlete by sheer force, not by nature. I can't do pistols to save my life.

I did, however, do a rediculous amount of pullups yesterday! Between my pre-CrossFit workout, and then the Unit WOD, I did about 100 yesterday morning. Surprisingly, I'm not sore!
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Old 07-05-2012, 02:44 PM   #215  
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Happy Birthday sumire!

OMG ladies! I did something crazy...I joined another gym! I got kind of annoyed at the one I've been a member of for a long time because I can't lift weights like I usually do anymore. They merged with a yoga studio so the stupid yoga classes are during the time I would come and lift weights.

I'm going to stay a member of both gyms though. I like the first one and I've been a member for 8 years! This second gym is just machines and weights, so I'll probably go a couple times a week. Plus it's only $25 a month.

So I went and lifted some weights there today. I looked pretty lost around the machines but I'm going to avoid them anyway, LOL. There were no women in the weights area and all of the guys were staring at me. I felt so awkward at first and then I said f*** this! let them stare! and I did some deadlifts like a boss.

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Old 07-05-2012, 06:10 PM   #216  
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OK, ladies. I have a couple of questions about weight lifting and I think this could be the best place for it. My brother got a set but it's nothing like I've seen before. I don't now if I would describe it as dumbbell or not. But this is what it looks like: It's a long bar with the two weights (5lbs each) strapped together in the middle with clips, I guess you could call them. You hold at each end and lift. I have been using that the last couple of days. I aim to do 12 - 15 sets of 20 repetitions each time.

So, would lifting this kind of weight have any benefit to me? Would I be better getting regular looking dumbbells.

Any idea what the weight is even called? Is it just another type of dumbbell?

For lifting what I'm doing is lifting it slowly with pressure up to my chest and slowly back down for 20 reps. Usually take a few seconds to get some water or just to take a break before I start again. Would this is the right way of lifting weights? I don't think I could just do 12 - 15 sets in a row without even taking a couple of seconds before doing it again?

The first day I did it, my arms and shoulders were sore by the evening and the following day and same with the second day. Today, I'm not feeling any pain from it. I could be sore in the morning but nothing yet. Would this just be getting used to it? Always thought you would feel pain no matter how long you have been doing it.

Regarding weight loss, what is weight lifting good for? And in particular the weight I'm using (whatever it is called ). All over the body? Stomach area? Just the arms? I'm worried all it would do will cause me to gain muscle in my arms and nothing else.

Thanks for the help.


And a Happy 30th Birthday to you sumire!!! Hope you're having a wonderful day.

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Old 07-05-2012, 06:45 PM   #217  
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Dreamer, I have no idea what that device is as I am a total novice. But some benefits of weightlifting that I have personally observed in only doing twice/week lifting sessions are:

*Better functional strength
*Build a butt when you don't have one
*Leaner overall body
*Lose inches even if you don't lose weight
*Tauter midsection + everything gets SMALLER (except shoulders)
*All-body exercises like squats, lunges, deadlifts etc work ALL YOUR MUSCLES - you can get visible abs without doing "abs" exercises
*My favorite part - you can eat more without gaining weight :P

Today I did my regular arms routine + some kettlebells stuff. Hoboy that burns! Maybe I'll do kettlebells twice a week in addition to the usual. Couldn't hurt. It seems harder to hurt yourself with them too as they are so fluid-motion-oriented.

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Old 07-05-2012, 07:14 PM   #218  
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Thank you so much for that, krampus. I'm not so sure either. I should try get a picture if I can locate my camera! Definitely liking those benefits you have listed, especially about eating more. Think I'll need a few weeks before I do all-body exercises. I tried doing some push up's a few weeks ago and was awful at them.
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:08 PM   #219  
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krampus: Thanks! I have to say, I'm stoked to see you tearing up the weights, too.

JossFit: Nice pullups!

sontaikle: UGH yoga studio. The first time I worked out on the "boys' floor" (university gym, so they are boys ), I felt so awkward, thinking they were all staring. I told myself to chill & that I was just imagining things, and over time I became more comfortable as I decided that no one noticed me after all. Recently, though, I've been forced to acknowledge that, contrary to my assurances, they are actually staring and noticing. So now I'm back to working through the awkwardness. Ladies who lift heavy really do stick out like a sore thumb in most gyms, I guess. Sad to say.

Dreamer2012: Whatever weight you're lifting, you'd be well off looking for a beginner weight training program to go with. A little structure goes a long way with newbie results.

Also, no reason why you can't get started on bodyweight exercises now! I'm sure you can manage squats and lunges. As for pushups, check out this article below. Use the method described under #2 to make pushups easier and progress toward doing them on the floor. (Don't bother with the from-the-knee pushups described in #3!)
http://www.stumptuous.com/mistressing-the-pushup
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Today's workout: back extensions, single-leg back extensions, 2-point dumbbell rows, underhand grip lat pulls, windshield wipers, core rows (also seen these called renegade rows, I think? they're hard!).

Felt a little burned out this morning. Ready for a couple of days of recovery time.
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:58 PM   #221  
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Just found out I'm going to have to go out of town for a week soon to help a relative recuperate from surgery. I just took a week off lifting in May and don't feel I need/want another yet, so I went looking for a good list of (fairly advanced) bodyweight exercises. Found the article below and thought I'd share!

http://jasonferruggia.com/top-20-bod...scle-strength/
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Old 07-07-2012, 03:00 PM   #222  
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Just found out I'm going to have to go out of town for a week soon to help a relative recuperate from surgery. I just took a week off lifting in May and don't feel I need/want another yet, so I went looking for a good list of (fairly advanced) bodyweight exercises. Found the article below and thought I'd share!

http://jasonferruggia.com/top-20-bod...scle-strength/

That is an awesome share... thanks! I am going out of town for my wedding/honeymoon in two weeks, and up until the wedding I will have a couple of days in Vegas and will need to stay on plan. The hotel has a gym but you never can tell what it's really going to be like...
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Today's workout: back extensions, single-leg back extensions, 2-point dumbbell rows, underhand grip lat pulls, windshield wipers, core rows (also seen these called renegade rows, I think? they're hard!).

Felt a little burned out this morning. Ready for a couple of days of recovery time.

Yep, renegade rows suck! We do a move called "man makers" that incorporate them;

-Start standing with 20 lb dumbbells in each hand (or whatever you like)
-Drop to a pushup position on the DBs and do 5 pushups
-Do 5 renegade rows on each side
-Jump your feet up to your hands/DBs
-Clean the DBs up to your shoulders
-Do 5 shoulder presses

That is one rep.
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JossFit: You're welcome! YAY wedding/honeymoon! And thank YOU for the "man makers"-- I am so filing that in my memory banks.
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JossFit: You're welcome! YAY wedding/honeymoon! And thank YOU for the "man makers"-- I am so filing that in my memory banks.

Oh tell me about it... I'm soooo excited! Two weeks from right now I'll be waking up married! Probably hungover, but married!
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