Beginning strength training resources?
July 5, 2011 2:18 PM Subscribe
Strength training basics for women, please.
posted by peachfuzz to health & fitness (23 answers total) 73 users marked this as a favorite
After years of all-cardio-and-pilates-all-the-time but not changing my body all that much, I'm finally ready to believe in the efficacy of strength training. I want to do it, and like a big girl—I'm not worried about "toning but not bulking" or anything like that. I will lift the heavy weights if that's the right thing to do. But I have no idea where to start!
I've tried to poke around on stumptuous and startingstrength, but the amount of specific information feels too overwhelming to find a place to start. Right now I just want a basic plan to hit my whole body, with very specific instructions as to movements, starting weight ranges, number of reps/sets, and rest period lengths.
My *perfect* plan would be something I could do at home with my body weight and hand weights (up to 15 lbs each). But if that's not really a good way to do it, I can get access to a gym with both free weights and machines.
Assume willingness to read up about proper form for specific exercises, or to hunt someone up at the gym if I need to. I just need a plan to get me started without needing to think a whole lot about it—can you provide me with such a plan, or resources for finding them?
Other possibly relevant details: I'm 5' 2", not overweight, super strong legs and weaker upper body but overall good functional daily life type strength, no chronic injuries. I cannot do a chin up (I would like to, though!). I run and cycle and do stretchy stuff. My goal here is to get stronger/less injury prone, and hopefully to change my body a little bit from sort of soft to something leaner.
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