The only pain that should be involved with ST is mild muscle soreness. If a lift hurts, you may be using too much weight or improper form.
For people who think it's boring, have you tried circuit training? Do 5 different lifts consecutively with no rest, rest for 1-2 minutes, then repeat 2-3 times. Gets your heart rate up, keeps you moving, and is done so quickly there's not time to get bored.
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76 7/6/12 10:27 P
It's very repetitive and slow. Between counting my reps and making sure I'm in the best form I can be in, it just gets dull and I find myself wanting to just stop and do something fun. Also I'm very weak right now as I just started, so it starts to hurt. I'm not a fan of pain, even the 'good' kind that means your body is building muscle and doing its job.
It hurts and I am always afraid of injuring myself....
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766 7/6/12 9:01 P
I have never considered any kind of strength training until recently. I consider lifting weights boring. I am more interested in exercise known for burning more calories. But I'm 53 and have flabby arms and I'm aware I'm not very strong, i have recently started carrying three pound weights while taking my daily walk. Does this even count as any kind of weight training? I do think my arms are getting a little stronger.
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1,385 7/6/12 5:13 P
I am so new at it, that I feel awkward. At the gym, The machines scare me, and the bulky but cute guys are a little intimidating by the free weights. I'm starting at home, when no one is around to see me.
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148 7/6/12 5:10 P
I just find it kinda boring, although I do like the definition I am starting to see in my arms :)
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8,507 7/6/12 4:59 P
I don't like the repetition - doing the same movements over and over, staying in one spot. I like things where I'm moving, like swimming, biking or walking, or that require more mental activity, like tennis. I also used to find my limitations frustrating, but I'm starting to enjoy it more because of how it makes me feel when I'm done. I listen to the radio for something interesting to focus on so that I'm not bored and have begun to like it just because I know it makes me feel good afterwards.
I like functional fitness. Walking, hiking, etc. Strength training needs to be done at home (or a gym) and I'd rather be doing something else. I do like the way I look after a year of consistent ST, tho. That makes it worth the effort.
I am so not like the others I LOVE strength training. I went to my Group Power weight lifting class today. They seriously kicked my butt. The motto for Group Power is "Let's Make Muscles"............and I so want to do that. I love seeing a strong well defined woman with muslces.......
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452 7/5/12 1:05 P
I incorporate strenght traing during my cardio workouts. I've noticed that my toning is that much better, especially with the amount of weight I have to lose. It's not bulking me up, it's toning me up!
Technically I don't like exercise at all. I would rather sit on my butt with a bag of oreos but since I know that will not help me achieve my goal of 100% function of mind, body and soul, i have found some exercises that I can certainly tolerate. I feel better after I do them and without them I cannot be healthy and fit.
I just read a blog about a Sparker that does not like strength training and was surprised at all the comments agreeing with her. Made me curious as to what exactly women do not like about strength training. Is it fear of bulking up? Being unsure of how to do it? Strength training is such an important part of overall fitness and especially for those of us over 40. What would make you like it better?
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