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Though my dance pals say I'm the strongest of us all (and I won't lie my leg strength is quite good and my cores not terrible) my upper body strength is/was horrendous.

Now this even meant that doing a simple press up proved a nightmare where though getting down wasn't too hard, staying above the ground and trying to push myself back up proved to be so much of a hard task I found myself giving up and smashing my face off the ground more times than I actually succeeded to get back up...

Pathetic... I realise yet that was just my natural "ability"

Now I've started using small light weights, 1KG per hand and do multiple reps daily, this has now meant that though my arms are not at all more defined due to the multiple pounds I need to loose all over my body but now I can do not only 1 but up to 5 consecutive press ups.

Still I see that's not much but it's better than a smashed face and I hope to quickly increase this small number along with my strength...

Though... I wonder, does anyone know anything about weights that could help me?

E.g. Is it too small a number?, are weights the correct choice to make alongside weight loss?

Or any tips anyone has. Xx 😊⭐️

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When I lost 33 pounds I did weights and it makes you burn fat all day long and speeds up your metabolism. I built amazing muscle tone and the fat fell off. I did pyramid sets like bodybuilders do. First 10 reps low weight, 8 reps higher weight, 6 reps highest weight. You can modify how many reps, just end with the highest weight that you can barely lift. I went from a size 14 to a four in three months. I don't seem to have that kind of time anymore. I also walked a mile each workout. I went four times a week alternating parts. I got it from a book, weight lifting for dummies.


Yes. Resistance exercise is something everyone should be doing.

Bodyweight exercises- push-ups, pullups, dips etc are excellent. If you cannot manage full versions, use modified versions while

You build strength. Lifting weights is also an excellent thing to be doing. 1kg is a start, but you need to be pushing the weight continuously. In Crossfit, the ladies usually start with a 15kg barbell. Start wherever is comfortable but the way you improve is by progressive overload. Unless you are increasing weight or reps you are not making progress.


Sounds to me like you are making a good start - I personally have no experience, but totally see where / what Rignold is saying :)


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