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Monday, November 3rd, 2008
9:08 pm
I had my gall bladder removed at the end of April (emergency surgery, laparoscopic), and went back to the gym a few weeks later, starting with lower weights and/or fewer reps on a lot of things. I've been going on my usual schedule (which is twice a week, usually: more would be nice, but doesn't fit with working full-time and seeing my out-of-town partners). Tonight, for the first time since May, it feels like I'm back to pre-surgery levels (in terms of the number of different exercises, amount of weight, and number of reps). There were times in the intervening months when I thought I might never get all the way back, but I persevered, because the goal is strength and flexibility, not arbitrary numbers.

It hasn't been a straight-line process, and next week I may be thinking "you aren't all the way back yet," but this episode and progress seemed worth noting.

[Also posted, in slightly different form, to my personal journal.]
Thursday, April 24th, 2008
10:22 pm
Personal Trainers
 Is anyone on this site a certified personal trainer? I'm interested in becoming one and I want to know the process. I think this is my first post. Well, hey! My name's Ashley.
Thursday, October 18th, 2007
6:16 pm
Jung Young Ji

Okay, this may be one of the sexiest bodies ever--Jung Young Ji, a Korean woman who competes as bodybuilder. Information seems a little hard to come by in English, but this site has pictures of some of her recent competitions...she most recently competed at 58 kg, or about 127 pounds.

What do you think?



(X-posted from my personal LJ)

click here for more of Jung Young Ji...click the pics themselves to see bigger versions of the pics...keep clicking, they keep getting bigger...Collapse )

Current Mood: sleepy
Tuesday, October 16th, 2007
2:38 pm
Any interest?
Is this kind of thing of interest to people in this group? I'm looking around the web all the time looking for people who inspire me, and posting what I can about their routines, diets, and so on. I'm more into bodybuilders than fitness types, but this is the kind of thing I'm writing/posting. This is a cross post from my LJ. If people are interested, I can post more like this. If not, that's cool...they already live in my LJ, after all. Not sure what you all want out of this, and I'm new here, so I thought I'd ask...

I love me some Margaret (Maggie) Diubaldo. She's quite a looker, and she's in amazing shape. I tend to idolize bodybuilders more than fitness types, but you gotta respect her amazing look. That's a lot of hard work, right there. I love this pic, because I've got a bowflex myself, and, well, it helps me fantasize...er...visualize myself in better shape. ;)

On her site, she says about her routines and diet:

for more (and another cool picture) click...Collapse )
Sunday, October 14th, 2007
7:29 pm
New here
Hey all: glad to find this place...hope it's still alive. I'm a lady who lifts, for sure, although I'm just getting back into it after some rehabbing for a pinched nerve slowed me way the hell down for several months. Looking for other women looking to build serious muscle for shape, health, and power, and hoping that this is the place to find some!

I'm 40 and fabulous, but not as fit as I'd like to be. I lift heavy at least three times a week, and am a recovering cardio-addict who's now focusing on building her body, instead of burning off all the best parts--the muscle that gives shape and strength.

I'm using my own LJ to post up pics and vids of women who inspire me, and probably my own progress pics at some point...

Anyhow, hi!



Current Mood: happy
Friday, November 17th, 2006
5:23 pm
I know, rationally, that the point isn't the numbers: that my goals are strength, balance, and good mood, not "so many reps at thus-and-such a weight." Knowing that doesn't help all that much when I look at the numbers, and am managing to lift, or press, a lot less on a particular machine or exercise.

Specifically, I had gotten up to 320 pounds on a plate-loaded leg press machine. Then I was sick for over a month, and when I went back to the gym, settled for 270. Then I was sick again, briefly. At the moment, 250 pounds is as much as I can handle.

I've lost a little ground on some other exercises, but nothing like the same amount (proportionally, that is: there's nothing else where I'm at such high weights to start with). My thighs don't feel weaker in any other context, which is some comfort.

Any suggestions on how to reduce the annoyance while I (slowly?) work back up to the weight I know I'm capable of would be welcome.
Monday, October 23rd, 2006
8:30 pm
What counts as progress
I went to the gym this morning. When I got done with my cardio, one of the new trainers commented that I was doing well. I said something to the effect that I always do the cardio first, so I have the weights ahead of me as a reward; if I did the weights first, I'd never get to cardio. She noted that it's also useful warm-up, which I acknowledged. Then I did my first weight exercise, and she said something about my having been making a lot of progress in the last month. I pointed out that I've been going there for several years, and said that I wasn't making progress, just getting back from having been sick.

Then I thought about it a little more. Progress from two months ago counts, even if it's not where I might have been in an ideal universe where I wasn't sick for a month, and perhaps where I was a little more diligent about working out when traveling. And I feel as though I'm making progress on other scales, like actually going to see people, and having gotten a very encouraging reply to an email I sent yesterday about possible work. So I went back and told her "I shouldn't put myself down, I am making progress" (though I didn't include the reasoning above).

The measurable results of the weight work are incremental, and not monotonic: an extra 2.5 pounds on this exercise, but not up to what I'd been thinking of as my fairly stable level on that one. But I know I feel better when I work out, and my partners say they can see the muscle. Certainly, it comes in handy when someone asks me to carry her walker up the subway stairs because the elevator is out of service, and I've got a sack of groceries in one hand (she could climb the stairs using the handrail, but not get the walker up with her).

[This is a cross-post from my personal journal.)
Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
1:33 pm
Hurrah! Good to find there's a community for lady weight training on LJ - I scoured yesterday and couldn't find a thing and was quite surprised.

Anyway, I am posting to say that I am happy with myself today, as I managed to bench the olympic bar for the first time! Specifically I benched:

15x 15kg
8x 20kg (olympic bar)
10x 15kg
3x 22kg (too much for me I'm afraid)

HRRRGH beefcake etc. Well, that's the most I've been able to do so I'm happy.

I'm even pleased that shoulder curls, which have been my nemesis and I've already found strangely hard, improved today. I've only been able to do three sets of 10kg and that's been difficult, but today, after the benching (and sets of lat pulldowns/low rows) it was much easier. So next time I'll ramp up to 12.kg or maybe 15kg depending on the days puniness.

I also do 3 sets of 10 low rows on 4.5 plates, and 3 sets of 5 lat pulldowns on 5 plates, although I'll try and do sets of 8 next time I go.

I also need to work on SQUATS, I'm terrible at them so haven't given them much attention. However today I decided to go for it, and did 2 sets of 10 split squats with 3kg dumbbells, and then 2 sets of 5 full squats with only the 5kg weight I'm afraid - and that was enough for my legs to go wobbly! Ha, you wouldn't think I'd been doing this for a couple of months would you.

Anyway... I lifted the olympic bar, marvellous. Why don't you tell me about your usual weights routines?
Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
4:19 pm
Adding balance exercises
I've been pretty happy with my strength training "routine" for a while. It's got some variables--the order I do things in can depend on what's already in use, and a few things, like the hip adduction and abduction machines, are optional if I have the time and energy. And that plus the cardio bike (15-35 minutes, depending on mood, amount of free time, etc.) seem to be doing the job for endurance.

So when my gym said "here, have a free training session," I asked the trainer to give me exercises to improve my balance. We did a bunch of things, including a couple that are deceptively simple--variations of "stand on one foot, with the other held in the air, for a minute. Then switch"--and one that took the lateral raise that was in my strength routine and made it a strength-and-balance thing by having me do it on a low, yielding dome instead of the sold floor. I haven't added all of them to my routine, though I may do a combination of the "just standing there" ones and my regular mat work while I'm on the road and away from my gym. But I'm already feeling good results: I took the lateral raise up to three sets, and felt satisfied even though I slipped off the dome twice in the course of those three sets.
Friday, February 17th, 2006
6:56 pm
Too many numbers?
I've been doing cardio and lifting weights semi-regularly for the last few years (semi-regularly meaning usually two or three times a week, but with breaks for travel and the occasional illness). As part of that, I keep notes of what exercises I've done, what weight, and how many reps, in the form "calf machine, 75 pounds, 13, 11; 70 pounds, 11". These are for my own reference, so I don't worry that someone else may not know what calf machine I'm talking about.

I was thinking, today, that the numbers may be getting in the way of focusing on the exercise itself, and of paying attention to my body and how I feel as I exercise.

So I'm considering dropping the record-keeping for a bit, and seeing how it feels. Replacing the nice neat lists with just something like "2/21, a good workout" or "went to the gym, but stopped early because I wasn't into it."

Has anyone here tried stopping keeping the sort of records I've been doing? If so, what effects did you notice?

[crossposting to my own journal]
Tuesday, January 31st, 2006
5:17 pm
O, ye fellow weightlifters,

I've reached an awkward stage wherein my shoulder and upper arm & chest can outlift what my forearms can support. Oops. (Combination of canoeing, chest presses [of a type whose name I forget], and dumping the laundry bucket.)

So, er, what can I do with some dumbbells to build up my forearms quickly? I gotta dump the laundry, man.


Accidentally cross-posted to my own journal. Oops.
Monday, July 4th, 2005
10:47 pm
Elbow is finally healing?
I hurt my elbow in the gym back in November-ish time frame, and instead of laying off it, I just "lowered weights and reps", which, of course, only made it worse. Finally when I lost feeling in my pinky fingers, I thought maybe I should take a break. So I stopped all upper body weight work.

Seven months later, it is feeling like maybe I can start doing stuff with it again. So today I did some pushups, and it still feels okay. I did girl pushups, but hey, you gotta start small and you gotta start somewhere. Depending on how it feels tomorrow, I may start doing some upper body machines again. Light weight and light reps, of course. yay.
Tuesday, June 21st, 2005
1:30 pm
Slowly back to the gym
I hadn't been to the gym in weeks, because I did something to my shoulder the last time I was there (while doing crunches, oddly enough) and am still working through the process of get MRI approved, have MRI, get MRI results (they're now saying tomorrow), while soothing it with ibuprofen and ice.

I missed it, and my partner agreed that the lack of exercise might be part of why I was grumpy (in addition to the low-level but not-going-away pain and the things I was avoiding doing). So this morning I went and did a lower-body-only workout, defined carefully and cautiously. Which meant no leg presses, because all the leg press equipment puts some weight on the shoulders. *sigh* I like leg presses.

But I did calf stuff, seated leg curls and extensions, and hip adduction and abduction. And I am feeling better for having done so.

Current Mood: satisfied
Monday, April 11th, 2005
2:04 pm
Music for exercise
Do you need some advice on what music you
should listen to when you do exercise?
When you are doing aerobics, bodybuilding, yoga,
cycling or just taking a walk?

Drop me a line, tell me what sort of
exercise you are doing and I will give you
recommendations. I listen to music
from all over the world, all genres.
I've got a big collection, i've worked before
as a musicjournalist. I'd like to give
you some tips, it is very fun.

If I can help other people in some way
it just makes me happy
Sunday, February 13th, 2005
1:41 pm
Do most of you have a workout partner? If so, how did you find that person?

I've been lifting alone for years and I'm really wishing I had someone to occasionally give me a good kick in the pants. Someone to spot me, push me to lift more, someone to inspire me, remind me to eat better.
Saturday, February 12th, 2005
8:02 pm
Alll without the player of CDs!
2 miles at a 11 min/mile pace

3 miles at a 10-12 min/mile pace (by the summer)

Monday, January 10th, 2005
10:51 pm
For several months I've had the semi-arbitrary goal of being able to press twice my body weight on the Nautilus leg press machine. Today I managed it: 390 pounds, 12 reps.

I'd already reached 240 pounds on the plate-loaded machine, and I suspect those numbers have more to do with reality. It's also a different position: the plate-loaded machine I use has me standing, and puts pressure on my shoulders, whereas the Nautilus I do lying back.

An arbitrary number, but a goal reached. Most of my goals have been the more prosaic and in some ways more difficult "keep doing this" or "go back, it's only been 2 (or 3) weeks, you haven't lost much yet."

I swore off dieting years ago (it only made me miserable). So it's been a long time since I had a weight-related goal. This one I'm proud of.

[cross-posting to redbird]

Current Mood: satisfied
8:28 pm
question for the ladies - re: gym apparel...Collapse )


Current Mood: frustrated
Monday, December 27th, 2004
11:26 pm
Wow, only a 12-minute mile.... even with a slight incline...

I must be in really bad shape, aren't I?

Current Mood: sleepy
Thursday, December 23rd, 2004
11:47 am
hi there all!
Hello, I'm new here!

I took up weight training with free weights a bit over a year ago after being an athlete since I could move as an infant, but have a certain issue that is rather suppressing my success. I blew out my knees twice each and have minor arthritis (not good for someone who is 23!!!). Needless to say leg work-outs have been wreaking havoc on the knees. Basically leg press is OK until I put on even 5 pounds past 240 now. Squatting is out of the question, and even most quad exercises cause problems. Knee braces cause more trouble (which I haven't figured out why...).

Any ideas for alternative exercises? My boyfriend is a fitness trainer and even he is perplexed. Thanks :)
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