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September 25, 2011 5:50 PM
I have just started to lift heavier weights going from 5lbs. to 10 lbs. then a little later will go up again. Since I'm just using my brother's 10-lb. dumbbells so I decided to go to a sporting good store to buy my own sets of 10 & 15 lb dumbbells. However when I went to a sporting good store, a woman sales clerk offered me some that suits for women which is 2-4 lb dumbbells & told me that its not advisable for a woman to lift that heavy like the way I do since it is bad for our uterus. In contrast, I have subscribed to many fitness articles online & all of them said that it is generally OK for women to lift heavy weights. So I just want to know your opinions about this. Is it generally safe for women to lift heavy weights?
September 25, 2011 5:54 PM
I go to a Pump class at my gym on Sundays and the women there use between 5kg to 40kg total on a bar for the workouts (going up and down depending on the muscle group).

September 25, 2011 5:55 PM
Sorry, I don't mean to intrude since this is for women, but it is absolutely fine. Besides, weights being "heavy" is relative to the strength of every individual person, so to limit women to 2-4 lb dumb bells is ridiculous. If you find the current weights you're using are too light and you want to increase the weight, all the power to you.
September 25, 2011 5:57 PM
I lift 8 to 15 pounds and will continue to go up as it feels too easy. Pffft bad for your uterus...
September 25, 2011 5:57 PM
I really hope she's joking. In any case, she shouldn't be allowed anywhere near any sporting goods if she truly believes that.

I curl 20s and lift much heavier regularly and while I'm not trying to put a baby in there, my uterus is just fine. Of course I rarely use my uterus to lift the weights. I am more concerned about it falling on the floor while I squat.
September 25, 2011 5:58 PM
but also.. going from 5lb to 10lb sounds a bit fast and may shock your body, increasing your weights more frequently but by less is better than waiting longer and having a big increase. so maybe try 7 or 8 lb before 10
September 25, 2011 5:58 PM
2-4lb dumb bells ... lol you would never get a burn. You would have to do 50 reps!!! lol!
Lift heavier, higher reps! Especially for back, shoulders and legs! Those muscles are already quite strong! if you want results you have to challenge your body & stress it out!
September 25, 2011 5:58 PM
I lift 4x per week and way heavier than 10-15lbs and my uterus is just fine! Lifting heavy is perfectly fine for women just be sure you have someone to help you with proper form so you don't get injured.
September 25, 2011 5:58 PM
Just a thought... If it were so bad for our uterus to lift over 4 lbs... Then why do kids weigh more than that... even when they are born? Some people are ridiculous. Lift away girlie!!
September 25, 2011 5:58 PM
I'd ask the woman that told you lifting 10-15# weights is bad for your uterus where she got her medical degree! It's about proper technique & lifting weight that is appropriate for you & the exercise you are doing. That is how you build muscle that will in turn increase your metabolism. 10-15# does not sound excessive to me. Do what is comfortable for you.
September 25, 2011 5:58 PM
i'm sorry, but how the hell has lifting weights got anything to do with your uterus?

i use 10-15 pound weights and heavier under the advice of my very young female (non child bearing) personal trainer. I'm pretty sure i use an 18 pound medicine ball for my ab work.

seriously, what the hell is a 2 pound weight, you may as well do weights with your mobile phone.

i'd have to do about 1000 reps to get any work out of a weight that low (and i'm not exactly super woman)

once you've been training for a while, you need to up your weight or you are going to slow your progress. you don't have to lift ridiculous, but you have to actually make an effort. and you have to keep increasing as you get fitter and stronger.
September 25, 2011 5:59 PM
unless you are lifting 15 pound weights WITH YOUR ACTUAL UTERUS, i don't think it does anything :P i've repeatedly heard that doing fewer reps with higher weight works your muscles better than many reps with low weight. and 2 pounds? you'd have to do like 100 reps to feel anything!
September 25, 2011 6:00 PM
That lady is an idiot!!! I do weights 4-5 times a week alternating between arms one day and legs the other. I lift heavier than most of the other women I've been around and get weird looks like I shouldn't be doing that because I'll bulk up! Women do not naturally have the testorone levels to bulk up so you don't have to worry about that, and lifting heavy will help you burn more calories and build better muscle mass. If done right with sets and reps and you have the right technique, then you have nothing to worry about!!
September 25, 2011 6:00 PM
I'm picking up heavy objects.
like 100 pounds. Good news... I still bleed monthly.

I think it's fine.
September 25, 2011 6:00 PM
Wow. Some people's ignorance astounds me.
Your uterus will be fine. Throw the 2-4lb weights at her head and get the bigger ones!
I use anything from a 9lb bar to 350lbs for leg presses. The key is using the right muscles and form.
September 25, 2011 6:02 PM
I have been lifting weights in a class and lift 12 to 15lbs weights (dumbbells) and a 30 pound bar 2 times a week for 45 mins... and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! I love seeing my arms bulking up and feel stronger
September 25, 2011 6:02 PM
PFFFFF! HAHAHA! I don't mean to just LAUGH, but that chick must be crazy. My fav class is BodyPump and BodyWorks and I use between 5 and 10lbs. I also have done regular workouts on my own with heavier weights. It's totally fine. 2-4lbs wouldn't do a damn thing for me, so what's the point? Same for you....if it's too light, move it's all good and more power to ya! Get it gurrrrl ;-P
September 25, 2011 6:02 PM
Example #1 of why you don't get medical advice from sales clerks...

Many women choose to do more repetitions with smaller weights (instead of fewer reps with heavier weights) because this helps tone muscles without adding bulk. It is all about preference and lifting the amount that is right for you. Over exertion can be harmful, but listen to your body. You should not be in pain when you are lifting.

To say that women shouldn't lift more than 10 pounds is insane. Think of all the things that women do in their day to day lives that involve lifting more than 10 pounds...

Carrying babies (even large newborns can be 10 pounds - imagine what toddlers weigh)
Carry water (women have been doing this for millenia)
Lift their own body weight (as in Yoga)
Do push-ups or pull-ups
September 25, 2011 6:04 PM
Agree with Kristi.
September 25, 2011 6:05 PM
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September 25, 2011 6:07 PM

but also.. going from 5lb to 10lb sounds a bit fast and may shock your body, increasing your weights more frequently but by less is better than waiting longer and having a big increase. so maybe try 7 or 8 lb before 10

Thanks, I guess I just have to buy an 8 lb dumbbells for now. I feel my muscles soaring from the 10 lb. dumbbell although I was able to do 10 reps out of that.
September 25, 2011 6:09 PM
this made me laugh out loud. I lift anywhere from 30 to 160 lbs. And my ob/gyn hasnt given me a death sentence. thats like saying chewing food too hard is bad for a mans prostate.
September 25, 2011 6:14 PM
Thanks guys :D I actually find it strange that a woman should limit herself with 2-4 lb. that's actually too light for me & in fact with my 10 lb. dumbbells, I could even do 10 reps. & 20 reps with vigorous push-ups. I don't honestly believe that a woman will bulk up like a man by lifting heavy weights, that's just scientifically & biologically impossible since we don't have enough testosterone to have that look unless we take steroids. All I want is to have a stronger with some more muscle definition to my already slim body & to look incredible on bikini. Besides, the health benefits of having a muscle toned body is priceless.
September 25, 2011 6:15 PM
You might find this article helpful: Women are capable of lifting much heavier than 2-4 lbs - that lady didn't know what she was talking about. tongue
September 25, 2011 6:27 PM
I read Oxygen magazine and every month i learn more and more about weight lifting. i love it!!!!!


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