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24 January 2012 @ 11:07 pm
Wanna Argue? ;)  
First, I would like to apologize for neglecting this group. Neglected it, I have. I know that many of you are still active and are working on your fitness programs. I hope you will rejoin me here to share progress, frustrations, and just plain talk about the whole process.

I intend to be more regular here and also to start a series of hints and tips on have to keep on program and how to change an old program that is no longer working for you.

I've posted a link below to a very brief article that has been a hot topic. Have a look and let me know what you think.

My 2 cents: I've said it before, I think very woman on this list who is not getting the results she wants needs to add weights to her routine. Cardio reduces weight. Lifting changes the shape and gets rid of the lumps and bumps, and makes you lean. If you have a sagging butt at 150lbs, it will still be sagging at 120lbs unless you hit the weights. I lift heavy. I've been lifting heavy for 14 years. I am smaller each year. I've been 104lbs for the past few years. This is not bulk.

SquidTape: pandasquidtape on January 25th, 2012 10:42 am (UTC)
No arguments here. :)

A friend of mine had very good results with weight training. In fact, I'm not sure she really did much cardio. She's been lookin' smokin' in the recent pics I've seen of her.

Can one get good weight training results with regular barbells at home? I'm not in a position to afford a gym membership at the moment but we do have some nice barbells.
thebigpantsthebigpants on January 25th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, at home work outs are no problem. As long as they are strength training based and not just cardio. You don't need fancy equipment or huge weights. I have a book that shows training at home with little to no equipment. I'll see if I can find an on-line resource and post it here.
tramsosmaitramsosmai on January 25th, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
I think that, as an Olympic swimmer, her training needs are probably different than most. However- reporting that kind of idea (stretching=lean, muscle=bulk), is definitely perpetuating the stereotype that women shouldn't lift weights.

I've been lifting heavy for almost 6months now and I love it love it love it- it's definitely not made me bulky (yet?) either.

I liked reading the comments on that article- seemed like there were a lot of strong women who disagreed with the swimmer's sentiment :)
thebigpantsthebigpants on January 25th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the group!

Heavy weight=bulk is an urban legend. Most women don't realize how much testerone is needed to create muscle mass. Our bodies just don't produce enough for that to happen. When it does happen, is because test. is being added to the female system by way of injection. Hell, a lot of men don't produce enough test. for large bulk which is why steroids exist.
Christy Leechristylee on January 25th, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
I do use my treadmill/outdoor jogs the most but I do like to use my kettle bell. It's not much but a little weight is better than nothing!
thebigpantsthebigpants on January 25th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
I'm not knocking cardio, we girls need it for fat reduction and I do plenty of it, but we need weights too. Keep up the good work!