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Old 10-23-2008, 04:02 PM
 
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everyone says to incorporate weight training with cardio for maximum weight loss. how effective are resistance bands? i'm very weak, and it's a struggle to regularly exercise with 3 lb weights i know, shocking! lol. but, just wondering how to get started. can anyone recommend any dvd's that are useful for weight training also?
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Ruidoso NM
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I use to use Kathy Smith.......but I dont know if she has any new ones, that are arnt with the dated look, you know from the 90's.
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Old 10-24-2008, 05:33 AM
 
Location: long island , ny
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everyone says to incorporate weight training with cardio for maximum weight loss. how effective are resistance bands? i'm very weak, and it's a struggle to regularly exercise with 3 lb weights i know, shocking! lol. but, just wondering how to get started. can anyone recommend any dvd's that are useful for weight training also?
If you have a problem with 3lb weights..I wound not buy any training dvd's just yet or use any weights!stay with the bands and incorporate push ups,lunges,planks,and once build alittle strength and the 3lbs are easy....then you kick it up a notch with some weights...The reason why I say this is 3lbs is the weight of a book...no offence ..and you can hurt yourself!....also if you cant do a pushup you can do the ''cheats '' thats with your knees on the floor...BUT you better try to do some real ones...someday?.....good luck
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Old 10-24-2008, 05:51 AM
 
Location: beautiful North Carolina
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its funny because I was thinking of starting a thread like this yesterday. I do the Billy Blank Taebo work-outs with the resistance bands and it does feel like a good work-out but not sure how it stands up to weight resistance. I have other tapes like the Kathy Smith step work-out and also make my way to the gym on occasion but unlike the majority, I like to do my work-outs at home.
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:53 AM
 
Location: SUNNY AZ
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Personally, I've found that resistance bands only work if your looking to shed body fat. If your goal is to gain muscle you've got to stick with weights. Even if you begin with just 3ibs up that after 3 sessions to 5ibs....the week after do 8ibs.....it should burn, burn is good . Another thing you might want to do is check with your doctor because as happy said....I have a school book that weighs way more than 3ibs.....there might be a medical reason as to why your having troubles and if this is the case your doctor can best "perscribe" a workout plan for you. At my gym, when new clients come in they must pass a "muscle stress" test before we will agree to train them.......3ibs and we'd definitly be recomending a trip to the doc. Best of luck!
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:30 AM
 
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I would just use lighter than 3 pound weights to begin with. I don't think bands would be a good option for someone like you because they can really affect your motion when doing the exercise. Even intermediate and advanced lifters who haven't used bands can get "the shakes" when doing reps with bands.

A light dumbell would allow you to move smoother and get the job done while incresing strength. If you do it right and eat properly and rest, you'll be using the 3, 5 pounders in no time.

Don't do too much at once. Since you are a beginner, you can do very little to start just to get your strength up. After your major muscle groups haves strengthened, then you can tweak the schedule and add other smaller muscle groups gradually.

Like said above, you can do bodyweight stuff like (cheat) pushups, no weight squats, dumbell rows etc.. Those exercises use major muscle groups that will allow you to use those weights, as opposed to a biceps curl with a dumbell that you may not be able to lift 3 pounds with. They will get you stronger to ultimately lift the 3 and 5 pound db's. good luck.

Here's a sample workout...

BW squats 3-5 sets- try and get your butt all the way to the floor.

pushups 3 sets

DB rows 4 sets

That's it. Do these for 2 weeks M/W/F and see what happens. You can add one set to each exercise as you get stronger. Then you can add db shoulder press, then db curls, etc.. as the weeks go on. The theory is if you start at almsot zero, then anything you do with resistance will trigger growth. This should do it for you for now. No need to go to the gym for 1.5 hours just yet. good luck.
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:37 AM
 
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lol. wow now i really feel bad. there is no medical reason behind it, i just had my physical and everything checked out fine. it's not that i can't lift 3 lbs, my problem is doing a 30 minute to 1 hour session with 5 and 8 lb weights. thanks for the tips, i'll probably stick to the resistance bands since i'm looking to lose fat. thanks.
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:39 AM
 
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NewJersey?- thanks for the tips
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:48 AM
 
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lol. wow now i really feel bad. there is no medical reason behind it, i just had my physical and everything checked out fine. it's not that i can't lift 3 lbs, my problem is doing a 30 minute to 1 hour session with 5 and 8 lb weights. thanks for the tips, i'll probably stick to the resistance bands since i'm looking to lose fat. thanks.
Oh.... I must have misunderstood the OP. You're doing the weights WHILE doing cardio? Doesn't matter at this point.

Either way, I think you're going about losing fat the wrong way. The reason people say lifting weights as well as cardio is better, is because gaining muscle is better for fat loss. You need to treat gaining muscle aspect of it differently than the cardio. Gain muscle with weights, AND lose fat doing cardio.

Adding weights to doing cardio may gain muscle but it's not an efficient way of doing it and will stall/stop at some point.
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:02 AM
 
Location: SUNNY AZ
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lol. wow now i really feel bad. there is no medical reason behind it, i just had my physical and everything checked out fine. it's not that i can't lift 3 lbs, my problem is doing a 30 minute to 1 hour session with 5 and 8 lb weights. thanks for the tips, i'll probably stick to the resistance bands since i'm looking to lose fat. thanks.
I'm sorry I really didn't mean to make you feel bad....I just didn't want to recomend something that might get you injured. Weights won't get you buff but you might want to try starting off with 2 sets of 8 at whatever weight you can handle for each muscle group.....then just improve upon that after every 3-4 program sets......you'll become more toned and stronger which will decrease the likley hood of becoming injured while doing daily activities
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