Nick

Kara

8.03.2009

Strength Training and Genetics

THOUGHTS - thank you!
Ok - thanks so much for all of the tips on what to do! Strength training - definitely. And eating more - maybe? I feel like it all comes down to genetics? Body type? I'm reading all of these blogs and wondering how people eat SO much and stay fit. It is all healthy stuff - I'm wondering about the genetics involved. My parents are both overweight, but this is due to years of not working out and eating whatever, whenever. I feel like I have a bad metabolism going for me nonetheless.

CALORIES
I've always stayed on the lower end of the calories, even after seeing the nutritionist last year (she told me to eat 2700 when pregnant and nursing). I was around 1800-2000 when pregnant and gained in the lower end of the suggested weight gain and felt great! I lost weight in college by eating 1100 (problem!) and was down to 121 lbs but was not eating enough - not healthy! Maybe my metabolism is all slow now from that still (7 years ago?) I feel like I have been eating whenever hungry and still around 2200- 2500 and gaining weight. So I think that I need to cut them? Saturday and Sunday were throw in the towel days - did not count. Today I had alot of carbs!

WEIGHT TRAINING
Tell me more - what do you do? Is there an online workout that you follow? I used to have books and a routine but I get bored sooo quickly! I had been doing Jillian 3 times a week - stopped last week after wrist surgery - hopefully resume next week. But - that is really circuit training. What do you suggest??

THANK YOU for all of your help!

17 comments:

  1. I have a CD -runner core that is really good, let me know if you find anything that works well!

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  2. The key to strength training is MIXING IT UP and doing different stuff all the time. Don't let your body adapt to any routine... Shock your body by doing different exercises all the time and that's when you'll notice major improvement! :) Sometimes go lighter weight and higher reps... Sometimes heavy (max!) weight with just a few reps. Sometimes super set 2 exercises with very little rest, etc. Good luck!

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  3. agree with mama. though if you're only going to lift once a week, go on the heavier side! pick up a copy of oxygen or muscle and fitness hers, both will have good routines and give you ideas. www.exrx.net also has ideas and little videos of most of the exercises to show you how to do it. focus on the big muscles to see results (legs, back, chest). lifting makes me feel really good about my body!

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  4. I usually dont count carbs everyday. Today i am though just to check up on myself. I have a pretty good feeling for what I can and can't eat carb wise and of course I have a sweet tooth which doesn't help. It really is hard to cut out carbs and still get the right amount of nutrients. The first few days I cut out carbs I was starving all the time. I make sure I have a snack at 10am and 3pm so that I dont get ravenous for dinner.

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  5. I use to love weight training, actually I still do, but don't have the time to hit the gym. I use to go through a series of upper body, bi's, tri's, shoulders and chest back twice a week. And then legs once (lunges-walkign adn one leg, squats etc).

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  6. I usually do two lots of strength per week, with 1-2 rest days, and the rest of the time running, biking, dancing etc. I don't belong to a gym at the moment so I just figure out a way to do it at home - bought an exercise band, a medicine ball, set of 8lb weights and a mat. Also a skipping rope for the days when it is wet (and not warm) outside. I am interested in trying pilates as I haven't met anyone who didn't like it :) but might pursue that during the winter.

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  7. This is definitely something I am still trying to figure out as well. Sometimes I feel like, for the distances I am running, how am I not losing weight?! Gah.

    Good luck to you!

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  8. Check out the body for life website. They have great weight workouts that break the body down into sections. good luck, I know how tough it is. I go to a weight lifting class at my gym twice a week. We use a weight bar and do each muscle group.

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  9. I have never been consistent with weight training, but I always feel as though I should be!

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  10. Hi! You can probably just omit the molasses in my Banana Coconut Bars if you don't have any. I think it adds a little depth, but they would taste great without it too!

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  11. I hate weight training, so I'm no help. I want to stick with it, but I never do. You can be my inspiration. :o)

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  12. Weight training does make a huge difference. I usually just do a circuit type workout that hits every major muscle group or the weight lifting class at my gym. Good luck!

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  13. I would like to start some weight training too, so please keep us posted on what you decide. Sorry I can't be of any help though.

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  14. The times I have been successful with weight loss are when I've been running, cross-training, and strength training. It was really helpful for me to go to the gym and do many different cardio/strength classes so my body never got fully adjusted and kept losing fat. Now I just need to recreate that formula in the present!

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  15. I'm bad with the strength training. I try to do abs at least once a week but lately I haven't been on top of it. Other than that, all i do is Jillian!

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  16. Circuit training is actually really good if you want to do some strength work and burn some extra calories from the cardio portion of it. What about something like pilates? That's great strength work and you really sweat up a storm.

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  17. Not sure if I posted this before, but if you look way back in my blog, I Calorie counted for years, going very low, and still had extra weight. It was only after I went clean - NO processed foods (not moderation, not for loss, though it works for maintenance), lean protein at every meal, eat every 3 hours, etc (eatcleandiet.com) - did I lose the weight and it worked very well even though my Calories are higher than they were before. Leads me to believe what you eat can slow or speed your metabolism.

    I hear good things about the routine in The New Rules of Lifting for Women

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