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What do you think the weight of this woman is in both pictures?

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nappyaddict Mon 26-Nov-12 10:23:22

She is 5 foot 4 inches.


Sleepwhenidie Sat 01-Dec-12 08:36:56

Hi nappy, they are approx £40 ph so £10 is a great deal! I would definitely get a couple of sessions now if you can, then maybe a follow up one in Jan to review your progress.

I don't use a PT anymore, but I did for a while a few years ago. I think once you get used to weight training you can feel if you are doing it correctly, the important stuff is keeping your core stable, knees don't go beyond toes during squats/lunges. Stop your reps when you feel you are losing good form. There are plenty of great websites to show you new exercises when you want to get specific results or just change things about over time.

nappyaddict Fri 30-Nov-12 21:04:36

There is a local personal trainer that is charging £10 an hour for new clients until the end of Jan. Don't know how much he charges after that.

sleepwhenidie How much are the PTs at your LA gym?

TalkinPeace2 Fri 30-Nov-12 18:42:30

I pay so much for my gym that I avoid paying for the trainers!
The current BodyBalance has a small stack of pressups hidden in it - and combat friends have commented that sun salutations are a FAB way to build upper body strength without bulking

I do pump once a week, just to remind my muscles that there is life beyond yoga!

hmc Fri 30-Nov-12 15:50:27

Although I rather like what has happened to my shoulders (I do reps to exerise other arm muscles)

hmc Fri 30-Nov-12 15:48:49

Exercise and diet wise - I eat a healthy diet, am normal weight (BMI 24) and run 3 / 4 times per week. I lift 2-3kgs for perhaps 24 reps a couple of times a week and have noticeably big biceps. Fact. You might struggle to believe it but it is true.

Sleepwhenidie Fri 30-Nov-12 12:22:33

Nappy - body pump class is good, but by far the best way to start IMO is to get a personal trainer, (or at least someone who you are sure knows what they are doing) even if only for one or two sessions (most PT's will give you a free "taster" class if you ask them). He or she can show you exercises best for your goals and ensure you know the correct technique. Would that be possible?

rusmum Thu 29-Nov-12 22:24:46

8.5 stone and 8 stone?

TravelinColour Thu 29-Nov-12 22:20:08

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digerd Thu 29-Nov-12 21:24:57

Women lifting heavy objects can cause prolapse of the womb, and other internal organs - my female Gyny said that was the reason for my prolapse in my early 40s. What had I done? Just carried small block paving bricks, one in each hand. But then I am delicately built and never had much muscle in my arms/shoulders - unlike my sister who was born with them.

TalkinPeace2 Thu 29-Nov-12 20:54:04

BodyPump :-)
excellent way to learn the basics

nappyaddict Thu 29-Nov-12 20:40:05

Thanks sleepwhenidie

I've never done weight training before but I would like to start. How did you get into it? Did someone at the gym show you how to do it correctly? I imagine you could do yourself an injury if you just started doing it by yourself?

Sleepwhenidie Thu 29-Nov-12 08:06:04

Nappy, if you are interested, here is a thread started earlier this year with lots of mn weight training enthusiasts/wannabe enthusiasts chatting, maybe its time for its revival!

Sleepwhenidie Thu 29-Nov-12 07:52:59

Nappy, the gym I go to is mixed, local authority one. Not full of meat head types, which i know some gyms are, but I am pretty much always the only woman in the free weights section where I do 90% of my workout. Always good to see other women there but the guys are friendly enough, I just stick my headphones in and get on with it regardless grin

Hmc, what have you been doing exercise and diet wise? Even though tellmelater is right and of course some people build muscle more easily than others, I really struggle to believe you have bulked up doing low weights, low reps confused!

nappyaddict Thu 29-Nov-12 00:10:23


Do you go to a mixed gym or ladies only? I want to join a gym but am worried about being amongst a load of blokes on steroids wondering what the hell a woman is doing at their end of the gym!

TellMeLater Wed 28-Nov-12 22:39:49

I think some of the difference is that some people develop muscle much quicker than others. It takes me bloody ages to build muscles even tiny ones.

I would have said, given her height, that she was around 8 1/2 stone in both photos - her abs look much more toned on the right but the rest of her looks about the same.

hmc Wed 28-Nov-12 22:23:17

Sleepwhen - lifting dumb bells of just 3 - 5kg each for low reps has made me bulk up. I have biceps bigger than a lot of fellas, so what's going on with me then precisely?

Sleepwhenidie Wed 28-Nov-12 22:09:11

Thank you smile, now that I have found shoes to go with it (none of those pictured), I shall be wearing it for my 40th.

I think the wiry thing comes with age, lots of strong yoga and v low body fat, the latter is definitely not a problem I have thanks to too much wine, butter and chocolate

TalkinPeace2 Wed 28-Nov-12 21:46:45

ooh, that will upset the muscle boys!
then again, the excess wiry look that some of my friends have (think Madonna) aint pretty either :-)

love that dress BTW

Sleepwhenidie Wed 28-Nov-12 21:39:10

Talkin, guys bulk up because they have high levels of testosterone that women don't - even then they actually find it really hard to do that without steroids and/or huge amounts of protein in their diet.

I regularly bench press 34kg, sets of 8-10 reps - pic of me on my profile shows my arms...the "bulking" theory is rubbish.

I don't think the pictures look different and I'd have put her about 8 stone 7 and about a size 8.

TalkinPeace2 Wed 28-Nov-12 20:36:50

its what the guys at the gym do to tear their muscles so they bulk
and by high I mean over 30kg total

bodypump with 6kg on each end is normal for the ladies at my gym
and yoga - holding the arm balances for long periods can cause bulking

Sleepwhenidie Wed 28-Nov-12 20:32:52

No talkin, that is mine and nappy's point - high weight low rep will not make you bulk up.

TalkinPeace2 Wed 28-Nov-12 19:49:13

my guess would have been nine stone in both
knowing that i'm an inch taller and that weight

and yes, bodypump and yoga only make you bulk up if you do high weight low rep

merlottits Wed 28-Nov-12 17:43:37

I would have guessed both pictures were around 10 stone.
I think most women 'under' guess weight. And also lie about their weight. The amount of times someone of approx 16-18 stone has told me they weigh 'about' 12 stone smile

At 5ft 8 and size 10 I have weighed 10.5 stone (through lots of exercise). People seem surprised as if anything over 9.5 stone is impossible to look ladylike.

Sleepwhenidie Wed 28-Nov-12 17:36:30

I go to the gym 2-3 times a week, do weights and interval training but have a trx for when i am away or can't get there. Also I kickbox 2-3 times a week (run if away from home). How about you?

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