Do you lift weights? I’ve noticed a TON of readers mentioning how weight lifting and strength training “changed their lives,” and so I thought it might be a good idea to round up some of the oft-cited resources to learn more about it, and have a discussion in one place. As I’ve mentioned before I’ve been a fan of heavy toning videos like Jari Love, but doing deadlifts or squats with serious weights is an idea I’m only getting used to now. (I’m even pondering joining a gym again!) I thought I’d round up some of the resources most readers have recommended:
- The New Rules of Lifting for Women (“NROLFW”)
- Girls Gone Strong
- Nerd Fitness (which just started offering a Nerd Fitness Academy for women)
- Lift Like a Girl
- a lifting class at your local gym (any recommendations in NYC or other major cities, ladies?)
Some questions for those of you who have been doing it: what weight ranges did you start out with — and what are you up to now? (Go ahead, brag a bit!) Did anyone do it without a gym or trainer? If you want to buy weights yourself, can anyone recommend a particularly good set or place to buy weights? (Also: has anyone done video programs like Body Beast to get started? I know in previous threads readers have recommended T25 or Ripped in 30 for body weight exercises; before I got pregnant I was working out with the bodyweight version of the Rebel Strength Guide.)
Update: If you’re worried about getting too bulky, check out this blogger’s before and afters, after doing four stages of NROLFW — she’s lifting serious weights and not showing any bulk at all.