Heavy Weights

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Butterfly
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2011/09/06 06:48:18 (permalink)

Heavy Weights

Hello all,

I am trying to lose about 30 pounds. Currently, I weigh 160 pounds and am 5 ft 8 inches. I mostly use The Firm videos for exercise, but I am a bit baffled by heavy weight training. I know that the heavier you lift, the more weight you lose. I use about 24 - 30 pound weights (total) for legs and other large muscle groups, my medium weights would be 20 pounds (10 in each hand) and my light weighs would be 5 pounds (in each hand). Do you think that this qualifies as heavy lifting. TIA
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    Carol S.
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    Re:Heavy Weights 2011/09/06 07:58:58 (permalink)
    Hi, Butterfly-

    Are you challenged by your 24-30 pound weights when you work out?  If it's easy to complete all the reps that you do, then you are not doing heavy lifting and need to look into getting some heavier weights.  As you continue to get stronger, you'll find that the definition of heavy lifting will keep on changing.

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    Diane LG
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    Re:Heavy Weights 2011/09/06 09:53:19 (permalink)
    I don't agree that the heavier you lift, the more weight you'll lose.  Weight lifting relates to strength and muscle size and shape, not weight loss.  But Carol is correct that the weights you are lifting should challenge you.  The last two reps should be difficult.

    Weight lifting still has a place in fitness, but some people prefer high rep, low weight workouts.  Every body responds differently to different techniques.

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    Carol S.
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    Re:Heavy Weights 2011/09/06 10:41:08 (permalink)
    Hi, Diane - When I first read Butterfly's post this morning I also thought there was no correlation between heavy weights and weight loss.  So I did a Google search.  Much to my amazement, there are articles saying that a workout with heavy weights can be more effective than cardio.  I agree that it depends upon the individual, but this has given me something new to think about.

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    Re:Heavy Weights 2011/09/06 10:47:03 (permalink)
    I also agree with Diane its not the heavy lifting that does it..I lift light and med weights and always have great results. Its the combination of cardio and a good diet that helps slim you down where you can see the muscle tone.
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    Re:Heavy Weights 2011/09/06 14:06:56 (permalink)
    The second half of the expression "Heavy Weights" is "Low Reps". If you can do more than 15 reps with good form, then it is not a heavy weight for you, even if it was 100lbs (maybe I am exagerating here). Some say if you can do 8 reps it doesn't qualify as heavy but I don't know any videos that go to that few reps. Weight training shows the muscle you have lost through diet and cardio and also increases your base metabolism since muscle burns more calories than fat. What is heavy will increase as you get fitter; and it is a pleasure buying heavier weights as you progress (except they cost more and more). Good Luck...D
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    Re:Heavy Weights 2011/09/06 18:31:39 (permalink)
    Thanks all. You have been very helpful!!!
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    katharine
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    Re:Heavy Weights 2011/09/09 14:58:38 (permalink)
    To get over the higher prices of heavier and heavier weights I got an adjustable dumbell set from amazon. It wasn't  cheap, but it takes up less space than all individually.  Also, you can surprise yourself with how heavy you can go.
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    Alice Kathleen
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    Re:Heavy Weights 2011/09/09 18:34:21 (permalink)
    The amount of weight (probably 3 to 8 lbs for a beginning exerciser)  depends on your fitness level as well as goals.  I had a co worker, female, who used 30 lbs for her biceps.  Way beyond my level, butthere is a wide variety in strength in exercisers. 
    To lose weight,  you need to reduce calories by eating less, and by boosting metabolism, in that order.   Weights will define, tone, shape your body, and nothing else works so well in so short a time.  You can use machines at the gym, barbells,  or free weights,  dynabands, etc, or any combination of those every other day to really strengthen and tone all over. The weights used in combo with aerobics to boost metabolism tend to be lighter,  anywhere from 1 to 3 lbs.  Usually the instructor or the box will suggest a weight.   Free weights are very cheap,  so you can always go up or down without breaking the bank.  Good luck onmeeting all your fitness goals!  AK
    post edited by Alice Kathleen - 2011/09/09 18:35:18
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