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Strengthen Your Heart with Strength Training

Pumping Iron Is Good for the Heart

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  • Great article! Thanks!
  • Every tomorrow has two handles.
    We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety
    or the handle of faith.
    - Henry Ward Beecher
  • Great article, but good grief! Aspire to lift weights at least a little heavier than the gal in the photo. ;-)
  • informative article
  • PLCHAPPELL
    Really good progression- seems foolproof
  • Thank you for such an informative article, however, I think for safety sake the portion of this article marked "An Important Caveat" should have been placed WAY at the beginning of the article in the event that someone glances at the article but doesn't finish reading it all the way through. That's a very important caveat. It should be stated up front and then go on with the article. Seriously.
  • Thank you for such an informative article, however, I think for safety sake the portion of this article marked "An Important Caveat" should have been placed WAY at the beginning of the article in the event that someone glances at the article but doesn't finish reading it all the way through. That's a very important caveat. It should be stated up front and then go on with the article. Seriously.
  • AZURE-SKY
    I didn't see much in the way of recommendations on the weights to start out with. I had lymph nodes removed due to breast cancer 13 years ago. My doctor advised using lower weights (starting out with lifting 5-lb dumbells) & doing more reps to avoid the risk of lymphedema - swelling of the arm because the lymphatic fluid can't drain. She said when I became stronger, to increase the weight about 2 lbs at a time.

    I've been doing upper body weight machines for a while, and use 10-15 lbs on the bicep curls, 4-5 sets of 10; 30 lbs on the tricep machines, also 4-5 sets of 10; chest press - 30 lbs - 4 sets of 10 lbs; low row (for the back) 50 lbs - 4 sets of 10. I don't know why I can't get past 10 lbs on the bicep curls but have more strength in the other muscles, but that works for me. When I try higher weight on the chest press, the mucles in the breast where I had surgery get sore, even after all this time. I'm 59 years old.

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