Friday, October 29, 2010

Strength Training

I finally got around tonight to starting my strenth training.  The only thing I have to use at home is my husbands weight bench.  I did 3 sets of 12 bench presses with 40 lbs of weight, 3 sets of 12 arm curls with 40 lbs of weight and 3 sets of 12 leg curls with 45 lbs of weight.  I'm trying to figure out what else I can do with the weights he has.  He has a straight bar for his weight bench and a curl bar which is what I used tonight.  The leg curl is part of his weight bench so I used that to. 

Any other tips on exercises I can do using this kind of equipment?  I asked my husband advice on the weight and how many sets I should do.  Does what I did sound about right?  It felt ok and got harder with the more sets I did.  My husband said that if I wanted to go for toning and not building up muscles like a bodybuilder then I need to go with less weight and more reps, is this true? 

I also have an exercise ball that I plan on using and I have some resistant bands and some hand weights but they don't weigh very much maybe 8 lbs.  I want to start doing more toning along with my walking because God knows my skin is going to need all the help it can get as my body shrinks.

What I would give to look like this when I'm strength training.


  1. yeah don't get caught up in the heavy weight lifting. Your husband has it exactly right, use lighter weights for toning. if you stick with lighter weights then you use better form and actually use the muscle properly. One thing you have to keep in mind when lifting, figure out which muscle you want to hit with this exercise, then make yourself concentrate on how to lift and make that muscle hurt. I flex my biceps during curls so that it is the one getting worked out. stuff like that is important.

  2. Thanks for the tips Shane. I will definitely start paying attention more to which muscles I'm working.