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November 15, 2012 6:08 PM
I am good at doing cardio but I need to add some strength training. I just don't know where to begin. I have a gym membership but I'm intimidated by the machines and what to do. I'm short so some of the machines are really awkward. Any ideas???
November 15, 2012 6:14 PM
Personally, I would skip the machines and use the free weights.
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November 15, 2012 6:18 PM
Another shorty here. I would also love to hear any advice on starting a lifting program. I've heard free weights are the way to go. I just don't really know where to begin!
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November 15, 2012 6:23 PM
I agree with vsetter, free weights are great and don't care how tall you are.
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November 15, 2012 6:24 PM
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Your excuses are invalid.

Get under that barbell!


google starting strength by mark rippetoe
November 15, 2012 6:29 PM
^^^ what they said. Free weights. Starting Strength, StrongLifts or New Rules of Lifting.
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November 15, 2012 6:30 PM
It's just the machines are not built for a short person. Free weights are available but the machines are not made for short people. Plus I'm a total beginner in strength.
November 15, 2012 6:35 PM
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google starting strength by mark rippetoe


I second this. I'm too short for some of the machines and I'm 5'4" which is rather average! free weights are much nicer for me.
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November 15, 2012 6:35 PM
Just chiming in to agree with what everyone else is saying. If you are to short to find the machines comfortable use the free weights, they are better anyway. I am short also and use freeweights. I am just finishing up the new rules of lifting for women program.
November 15, 2012 6:36 PM
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It's just the machines are not built for a short person. Free weights are available but the machines are not made for short people. Plus I'm a total beginner in strength.


That's why the plates aren't welded to the barbell. =)
November 15, 2012 6:36 PM
Most machines are adjustable -- I'm 5'3 and I use them just fine. I started lifting through a strength training class @ my gym -- we used free weights and the instructors teach you good form and different types of lifting techniques. I've also heard wonderful things about New Rules of Lifting for Women. Good luck!
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November 15, 2012 6:37 PM
Free weights.
November 15, 2012 6:39 PM
Buy the book "New Rules of Lifting for Women" and follow the instructions. It's a great program.
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November 15, 2012 6:44 PM
go with the free weights..put a program together around squats, deadlifts, shoulder press, pulls/chins, etc....do this three times a week and adjust work outs as necessary and you will be crushing it in no time!
November 15, 2012 6:49 PM
Thanks to everyone. I will look into the book and get some help. I want to add strength to the mix
November 15, 2012 6:56 PM
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It's just the machines are not built for a short person. Free weights are available but the machines are not made for short people. Plus I'm a total beginner in strength.


i get what you're saying because i have my weight machine chair at it's highest setting and i have to stand up, grab the lat bar, and sit down to start my workout, haha.

i have a hard time using the leg lift option because my stumps can't really fit like they need to. don't even get me started on the pec-dec butterfly move. i can not, literally, without hurting myself, use the weight machine for this. if i sit up, super straight, i'm able to perform the bicep and tricep extentions.

push-ups, sit-ups, squats, lunges, free weights are all handy tools to start out with. i don't have a barbell, wish i did, but i basically train against my own body weight and keep myself challenged with my machine and free weights. the best you can do, fellow shortie, is figure out what you CAN do with the machine and make up the rest in another way. regardless, you can make it happen. :)
November 15, 2012 7:09 PM
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It's just the machines are not built for a short person. Free weights are available but the machines are not made for short people. Plus I'm a total beginner in strength.


i get what you're saying because i have my weight machine chair at it's highest setting and i have to stand up, grab the lat bar, and sit down to start my workout, haha.

i have a hard time using the leg lift option because my stumps can't really fit like they need to. don't even get me started on the pec-dec butterfly move. i can not, literally, without hurting myself, use the weight machine for this. if i sit up, super straight, i'm able to perform the bicep and tricep extentions.

push-ups, sit-ups, squats, lunges, free weights are all handy tools to start out with. i don't have a barbell, wish i did, but i basically train against my own body weight and keep myself challenged with my machine and free weights. the best you can do, fellow shortie, is figure out what you CAN do with the machine and make up the rest in another way. regardless, you can make it happen. :)


if its an option for you I would highly recommend joining a gym.then you can use barbell, power rack, et al
November 15, 2012 7:21 PM
this is part of the reason i hate machines. i'm not exactly short (5'5") but it's hard to adjust machines properly since most machines are built for men. in addition to tending to be taller, men also tend to have torsos that are equal to or longer than their lower body while women tend to be have shorter waists and longer legs. i always had a hard time figuring out the right combo seat height, seat depthlower leg padding placement etc when i use lower body machines...

so much easier to just use free weights
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November 15, 2012 7:37 PM
I finished New Rules Of Lifting for Women a few months ago. Its a great beginner program and its all laid out for you. I got way stronger and got some great Newbie gains while losing fat too.

http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Rules-Lifting-Women/dp/1583333398/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353036980&sr=8-1&keywords=new+rules+of+lifting+for+women
November 16, 2012 5:04 AM
Stronglifts is a great program to start out and there's a link someone put together on here that sums it up and makes
it much more understandable:
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/560459-stronglifts-5x5-summary

I have the app on my phone which makes it simple!
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November 16, 2012 5:09 AM
Use free weights! We were all beginners once. Start with a weight amount that you can only do 6 times for 3 sets and work from there. That's what I did. I am still a beginner but I started bench pressing just 30lbs and now a month later I am benching 62lbs. It is a process and you have to start somewhere.
November 16, 2012 8:46 AM
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Most machines are adjustable -- I'm 5'3 and I use them just fine. I started lifting through a strength training class @ my gym -- we used free weights and the instructors teach you good form and different types of lifting techniques. I've also heard wonderful things about New Rules of Lifting for Women. Good luck!


I'm 4'10" and while most are adjustable, they don't adjust enough for me.
  26041320
November 16, 2012 8:48 AM
Free weights. Totally agree. All I touch now.
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November 16, 2012 9:16 AM
I feel your pain. Free weights and free motion weight machines are the only ones I can do. Weight machines are for even adjusted still don't fit me.
November 16, 2012 9:20 AM
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I am good at doing cardio but I need to add some strength training. I just don't know where to begin. I have a gym membership but I'm intimidated by the machines and what to do. I'm short so some of the machines are really awkward. Any ideas???


There are also a lot of exercises you can do with little more than your own body weight. I love the workouts from toneitup.com. They are completely free.
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