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The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
Weights...

If so, how long did it take before you noticed any muscle development/toning?
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  • battinlashbattinlash Posts: 1,850Registered Users
    I used to. It depends on your body type and what exactly you're lifting, but it takes at least three weeks and sometimes more. I have very little body fat so I saw results in less than a month.
  • sarah42sarah42 Posts: 4,034Registered Users
    I don't bulk up or build muscle very easily. But I think I looked more toned within a few weeks.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I have one of those short/sturdy bodytypes, and I bulk up very easily...too easily. When I'm in shape, I do try to do a little weightlifting to get stronger, but I have to be careful not to get too big, because that's just not attractive.
  • badgercurlsbadgercurls Posts: 3,077Registered Users
    I felt results within about 3 weeks, but I am not sure how much of a difference it's making in appearance yet. You can feel a lot of muscle under my fat, but I still need to lose the fat in order for it to show more. But my arms, shoulders, back and legs are less jiggly, so I guess it shows in that way.

    It's difficult for most women to "bulk" up because most women lack the testosterone to add large amounts of muscle. There are definitely exceptions, particularly among short, stocky women, like RCW noted, but for the most part when you see very "bulky" muscles on weight-lifting women, they have had to use some sort of hormone supplements.
  • Rebecca deWinterRebecca deWinter Posts: 2,254Registered Users
    well, i did a lot of heavy lifting at my job and certainly have noticed a lot of muscle development in my biceps. not bulky by any means, just...there. i started this job in may and really started noticing by the middle of summer...but that doesn't mean it showed up then, i just started noticing it then. i really like how my arms look, and want to continue lifting and working the rest of my body at the gym.
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  • midgimidgi Posts: 2,409Registered Users
    I lift weights at the gym-- especially free weights-- but not enough to bulk up. I just wanted some womanly muscle tone and compared to how I remember my arms looked last year, I think my arms are looking a lot better now.

    I'm 5 foot 6 and I have pretty long limbs and torso. I don't bulk up very easily but I can look pretty flabby very easily.
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  • whatsercurlwhatsercurl Posts: 4,049Registered Users
    I started lifting a few months ago. I control my diet to promote lean muscle mass growth and I noticed a difference in about a month.
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  • ScarletScarlet Posts: 3,125Registered Users
    I've been doing interval training with light weights (under five lbs), and I saw noticeable differences in about two weeks time.
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  • LoloDSMLoloDSM Posts: 3,778Registered Users
    I always notice a difference pretty quickly in my shoulders and upper arms (2-3 weeks). It's one of the reasons weight lifting is one of my favorite exercises: [practically] instant results.
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  • riotkittyriotkitty Posts: 1,307Registered Users
    I've been lifting for almost 8 years now. I used to be a weak little skinny fat flabby thing and I like the structure that lifting gives me. I like the ego boost, too. I'll admit I get a sense of satisfaction when I see some woman curling a 5lb dumbell and I go stand by her and curl a 20 lb one, or when I'm doing leg presses and the guy after me has to lower the weight stack on the machine.

    My shoulders, back and triceps are where I really see results. Those areas tend to be underused in women so they tend to go flabby first.

    Unfortunately, my muscle gains have been tapering off due to not having a clean diet. If I wanted to have the body of a fitness body I'd have to go on a clean bulk and actually gain a little weight and then go on a pretty extreme cutting diet to get all the fat off. I don't know if I can physically and (especially) mentally handle that kind of commitment

    I think naturally muscular women are the most beautiful. I think fitness models are sexier than fashion models. To me becoming muscular and still being sexy is a big f-you to society's standards on feminine beauty. Its a women saying "I'll shape my body the way I see fit".
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    To literally see results, you may have to eat at a caloric surplus.
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users
    i've been lifting for years but with a different emphasis/focus over the years. i also do pilates which i think tones. i was lifting light weights but i think i'm going to up the weights and change my diet and really get focused. the results usually come in a about 4-6 weeks. drinking lots of water is key. women's health is a great magazine for ideas on lifting and good health/fitness information. fitness is also good but it's more for a begginer to intermediate workout person and it has articles about fitness and general health. shape mag is more about beauty and super stars but also has some useful fitness info. good luck. you can't go wrong with lifting.
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  • riotkittyriotkitty Posts: 1,307Registered Users
    My favorite magazine for lifting and fitness advice is Oxygen.
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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    LoloDSM wrote: »
    I always notice a difference pretty quickly in my shoulders and upper arms (2-3 weeks). It's one of the reasons weight lifting is one of my favorite exercises: [practically] instant results.

    Same here.
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users
    riotkitty wrote: »
    My favorite magazine for lifting and fitness advice is Oxygen.

    oh yes that's a good one i forgot about....
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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    Yes, I saw the quickest results in my legs, especially now I'm doing squats and lunges with a bar. My triceps get massive not quickly though so I have to be careful if I don't want that happening.
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  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    I need to lift more....

    When I first started lifting, I was extremely underweight, so saw results almost instantly. I tend to have a lot of muscle definition but NOT bulk in my body type, though, which means results definitely show more easily than for many people. I don't know if it's normal for most people, but lifting weights and building muscle seemed to help at a time I was unable to put on weight otherwise.

    Now, it helps me get rid of excess weight.... so either way, it works well for me!
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  • badgercurlsbadgercurls Posts: 3,077Registered Users
    NetG wrote: »
    I don't know if it's normal for most people, but lifting weights and building muscle seemed to help at a time I was unable to put on weight otherwise.

    Now, it helps me get rid of excess weight.... so either way, it works well for me!

    My SO is like the first scenario. He lifts weights to gain weight and/or maintain a healthy weight. If he doesn't lift for a while, he loses weight quickly.

    I fit into the second scenario. Although I haven't lost "weight" exactly, because I have been stuck at the same weight for a few months, I am seeing changes in my body because I am burning fat and building muscle. I weigh the same as I did in the beginning of June, but my whole body looks better. I am hoping that once I lose the rest of this padding, my muscle definition will be more visible - right now everything is just looking MUCH firmer.

    Plus, weight training is fun. :)
  • SpiderSpider Posts: 3,380Registered Users
    I did when I was doing CrossFit workouts, but between baby and not having worked out in a long time, my tendonitis got unbearable in my elbows. Recently I saw the doc and got cortisone shots which helped immensely.

    Anyway, instead of doing more reps of lighter weights, Crossfit uses heavier weights (min 45 for just the bar) and kettlebells are usually 25 lbs. You do notice the toning a lot faster IMO, but you have to have proper technique (especially when doing the Olympic style lifts) or you could hurt something. Here's a link directly to demos /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.crossfit.com%2Fcf-info%2Fexcercise.html%23Oly" class="Popup
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  • riotkittyriotkitty Posts: 1,307Registered Users
    curlylaura wrote: »
    Yes, I saw the quickest results in my legs, especially now I'm doing squats and lunges with a bar. My triceps get massive not quickly though so I have to be careful if I don't want that happening.

    You might want to let your triceps get a little big. They are one of the first things to fall and flab out on older women, even the thinner ones. Think bat wings you see on older women. A good amount of tricep muscle will keep that from happening.
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  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    I loved lifting in my youth (college mostly). I'm a tiny little thing, so I always felt really tough lifting decent-sized weights. I don't normally bulk up too much when I lift, but at one point in college I was working out with the athletic department's strength and conditioning coach and I bulked up to the highest weight of my life (excluding pregnancy). My legs especially were THICK (but they were thicker then anyway, because I was a college cheerleader).

    I'm much scrawnier now and don't have time to lift much since having a baby - but I maintain muscle definition by doing a simple "lifting" program at home. Four simple exercises, done whenever I have the chance (aiming for 3 sets each, 3 days a week). They work all the major muscle groups - pushups, pullups, squats, and lunges. Sometimes I do the squats & lunges with my baby on my back, which really makes them challenging! It really takes hardly any time at all.
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  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    riotkitty wrote: »
    I've been lifting for almost 8 years now. I used to be a weak little skinny fat flabby thing and I like the structure that lifting gives me. I like the ego boost, too. I'll admit I get a sense of satisfaction when I see some woman curling a 5lb dumbell and I go stand by her and curl a 20 lb one, or when I'm doing leg presses and the guy after me has to lower the weight stack on the machine.

    My shoulders, back and triceps are where I really see results. Those areas tend to be underused in women so they tend to go flabby first.

    Unfortunately, my muscle gains have been tapering off due to not having a clean diet. If I wanted to have the body of a fitness body I'd have to go on a clean bulk and actually gain a little weight and then go on a pretty extreme cutting diet to get all the fat off. I don't know if I can physically and (especially) mentally handle that kind of commitment

    I think naturally muscular women are the most beautiful. I think fitness models are sexier than fashion models. To me becoming muscular and still being sexy is a big f-you to society's standards on feminine beauty. Its a women saying "I'll shape my body the way I see fit".

    What would you eat on a "clean" diet? I want to enhance my muscle tone.
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  • riotkittyriotkitty Posts: 1,307Registered Users
    Phoenix wrote: »
    riotkitty wrote: »
    I've been lifting for almost 8 years now. I used to be a weak little skinny fat flabby thing and I like the structure that lifting gives me. I like the ego boost, too. I'll admit I get a sense of satisfaction when I see some woman curling a 5lb dumbell and I go stand by her and curl a 20 lb one, or when I'm doing leg presses and the guy after me has to lower the weight stack on the machine.

    My shoulders, back and triceps are where I really see results. Those areas tend to be underused in women so they tend to go flabby first.

    Unfortunately, my muscle gains have been tapering off due to not having a clean diet. If I wanted to have the body of a fitness body I'd have to go on a clean bulk and actually gain a little weight and then go on a pretty extreme cutting diet to get all the fat off. I don't know if I can physically and (especially) mentally handle that kind of commitment

    I think naturally muscular women are the most beautiful. I think fitness models are sexier than fashion models. To me becoming muscular and still being sexy is a big f-you to society's standards on feminine beauty. Its a women saying "I'll shape my body the way I see fit".

    What would you eat on a "clean" diet? I want to enhance my muscle tone.

    Nothing processed. No simple carbs or sugars. Lots of lean proteins. Quality fats like fish or olive oil. Lots of veggies, but not much fruit. Whole complex grains like oatmeal.

    Here's an article that kind of explains what to do:
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fnutrition.suite101.com%2Farticle.cfm%2Fclean_eating_basics" class="Popup

    Its recommended to take a "cheat day" once a week to keep from feeling deprived.

    I tried a diet like this were I allowed one small cheat snack a day like candy or fries. It totally worked, but I eventually fell off it.

    The most important thing to remember even if you don't eat clean is to take in enough protein. Eat a little protein with every meal. You may want to drink a protein shake after your weight workouts.
    Have several allergies and sensitivities.
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    Rinse out/Leave in: MB with apricot kernel and jojoba oils added
    Protein Treatment: MB Conditioner for Thinning Hair, IAgirl's protien treatment
    Style: MB Gel mixed with LOTD Aloe Vera Gelly


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  • starinastarina Posts: 665Registered Users
    I have this machine in my basement that my ex left. I did a lot of upper body exercises using the machine in conjunction with step aerobics. Unfortunately, I developed my back and shoulders just enough that now I have serious problems trying to find shirts that fit me. I'm large busted and I went from a 36D to a 38D, but I'm still relatively narrow on the bottom. Nothing fits me anymore. I have so much trouble finding tops that don't stretch tightly across the boobs and that's because my back is a little wider and fuller from the workouts on the machine. If I do find something that fits, it's usually way to big everywhere else. I feel like a football player sometimes and I don't like it. Anyway, just a warning that be careful what kind of weight lifting you do if you don't want to bulk up.
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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    riotkitty wrote: »
    curlylaura wrote: »
    Yes, I saw the quickest results in my legs, especially now I'm doing squats and lunges with a bar. My triceps get massive not quickly though so I have to be careful if I don't want that happening.

    You might want to let your triceps get a little big. They are one of the first things to fall and flab out on older women, even the thinner ones. Think bat wings you see on older women. A good amount of tricep muscle will keep that from happening.

    Yeah but I think it looks gross on me. I'm just maintaining at the moment, although they're probably bigger than most women's my age, they're not as big as they got.
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  • goldilocks777goldilocks777 Posts: 1,020Registered Users
    I do not lift weights - I'm a believer in the stance that weights shouldn't be used until your body weight no longer offers you a challenge strength-wise. Hence, I do Pilates.

    I used to lift, and Pilates has my body looking much better than lifting ever did.
  • riotkittyriotkitty Posts: 1,307Registered Users
    I do not lift weights - I'm a believer in the stance that weights shouldn't be used until your body weight no longer offers you a challenge strength-wise. Hence, I do Pilates.
    .

    Except if you are really weak, you need something to work you until you can eventually lift your body weight. Before I started lifting I couldn't do a single pushup on my feet. After about a year of chest and tricep work, I could do several, and now I can do tricep pushups on my feet and regular pushups on one foot.

    Pilates is cool though. I think its quite harmonious with a lifting regimen because it stretches the muscles and trains you to have better posture which is very important in lifting. I used to do it more often, but I cut it out to get more cardio time in. I'm considering putting it back in.
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    Rinse out/Leave in: MB with apricot kernel and jojoba oils added
    Protein Treatment: MB Conditioner for Thinning Hair, IAgirl's protien treatment
    Style: MB Gel mixed with LOTD Aloe Vera Gelly


    2b-c, need lots of moisture, likes protein in moderation.
  • goldilocks777goldilocks777 Posts: 1,020Registered Users
    I definitely agree with you, riotkitty - but I think there are generally modifications that can be made to work up to your body weight (e.g. doing pushups on a stability ball, knees, etc.). I find that the added challenge of stability that is presented when using your own body (or, similarly, free weights) provides a much more "balanced" toned look. Ultimately, though, everybody's gotta do what's right for them! :toothy7:
  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    riotkitty wrote: »
    Phoenix wrote: »
    riotkitty wrote: »
    I've been lifting for almost 8 years now. I used to be a weak little skinny fat flabby thing and I like the structure that lifting gives me. I like the ego boost, too. I'll admit I get a sense of satisfaction when I see some woman curling a 5lb dumbell and I go stand by her and curl a 20 lb one, or when I'm doing leg presses and the guy after me has to lower the weight stack on the machine.

    My shoulders, back and triceps are where I really see results. Those areas tend to be underused in women so they tend to go flabby first.

    Unfortunately, my muscle gains have been tapering off due to not having a clean diet. If I wanted to have the body of a fitness body I'd have to go on a clean bulk and actually gain a little weight and then go on a pretty extreme cutting diet to get all the fat off. I don't know if I can physically and (especially) mentally handle that kind of commitment

    I think naturally muscular women are the most beautiful. I think fitness models are sexier than fashion models. To me becoming muscular and still being sexy is a big f-you to society's standards on feminine beauty. Its a women saying "I'll shape my body the way I see fit".

    What would you eat on a "clean" diet? I want to enhance my muscle tone.

    Nothing processed. No simple carbs or sugars. Lots of lean proteins. Quality fats like fish or olive oil. Lots of veggies, but not much fruit. Whole complex grains like oatmeal.

    Here's an article that kind of explains what to do:
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fnutrition.suite101.com%2Farticle.cfm%2Fclean_eating_basics" class="Popup

    Its recommended to take a "cheat day" once a week to keep from feeling deprived.

    I tried a diet like this were I allowed one small cheat snack a day like candy or fries. It totally worked, but I eventually fell off it.

    The most important thing to remember even if you don't eat clean is to take in enough protein. Eat a little protein with every meal. You may want to drink a protein shake after your weight workouts.

    Thanks!
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