Need some workout advice

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  1. JBunni

    JBunni New Member

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    So I am utterly sick of feeling like a weakling.

    I am a 5'4 female, at 110. I feel weaker than I did 3 years ago. I went hiking with my friends recently, and it wasnt a particularly difficult mountain, TONS of people hike there for exercise. And none of my friends are particularly fit, but I almost died walking up. I was so out of breathe I thought I was going to pass out or vomit.

    So I want to start a routine to build up some lean muscle and tone so I have more energy. I know I want to work on my arms and my abs. What is the best way to go about this? Cardio, strength training?
     
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    The Great Deceiver 21st Century Schizoid Man

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    Pic of arms\abs so we can determine what needs to be done?
     
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    lol.

    do curls and crunches. for ever. FOR EVER.
     
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    I dont have any pics of my arms, and the pics of my abs are NWS
     
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    Creator The Creator Has a Master Plan

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    We can handle it
     
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    hmm, on review of the pic I had in mind, its not really a good review of 'fitness'.

    Sooo, any advice as to how many days a week/how long the work out should be?
     
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    Check out the book, Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess.
     
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    Came in here to post that, here's a link: amazon

    Also, pics for refrence :naughty:
     
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    that book seems a little out of my league at this point. I mean, again, I cant take a hike without getting out of breathe. Is this mostly just a weight lifting forum? Because I was thinking of something more simple.
     
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    A lot of people here do cardio (biking, running, etc.), so it's not specifically a weightlifting forum, but you asked:

    The best way is strength training and a solid diet, for men and women. You'll have more endurance, more strength, you'll develop more lean body mass. Cardio plays a roll too, but not exactly for what you're asking.

    If you think it's too hard, realize everyone starts somewhere and if you jumped onto a routine that was easy, you wouldn't make any progress would you?
     
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    just start hiking more, its a dif kind of cardio for sure.
     
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    The point of the book isn't to get you to do insane weights or anything, it's to help break women out of the mentality that somehow lifting 2lbs 1000x times is going to get them more lean muscle and tone then doing a more decent weight for 8-15 rep sets. It also goes over diet and has like 6 months of sample routines, it's a great read for people starting out.

    Also, if you're looking to get into shape there really is no bad information (to a degree) as long as you don't follow anything blindly. Take it all in, read everything you come across and then you'll have a much stronger knowledge base to know what's right for you and your goals.

    Whether you're looking to tone up, gain lean muscle, or increase your cardiovascular endurance - lifting will help.
     
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    Do exactly what men do on here - just do lighter weight.
     
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    If you're getting THAT out of breath (to the point of feeling like you're going to die or get sick) you may want to get checked by your doc for exercised induced asthma.

    Also, lifting won't help that much with your cardio endurance on the hiking trails. The best way to get better at hiking is to hike. Also, the stair-master will help build some strength and endurance in your legs.

    Some squats and lunges couldn't hurt either.
     
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    What page are the pictures on?
     
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    The Great Deceiver 21st Century Schizoid Man

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    Just a question, have you hiked before, or was this your first time??
     
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    workout legs more. Getting stronger legs will help with hiking. It sure helps with my cardio.
     
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