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How Many Times a Week Do You Lift Weights?

Let's face it, strength training is an important part of any fitness regimen and the most straight forward way of adding strength training into your workout routine is lifting weights — be they free weights or with a machine. The trouble is many women shy away from weights because they are unfamiliar or have fears of bulking up.

The current exercise guidelines recommend at least two days of strength training a week, but I am curious about you . . .


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lahunte1 lahunte1 5 years
I lift weights 3 times a week.Lately it has only been twice a week, because I am in a marathon training. I also and in the row machine at least once a week for 30 minutes.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
I get bored doing it on my own, so I take a strength training class that keeps it fun and exciting. It meets twice a week.
rayro211 rayro211 9 years
i used to despite weight-training... but now I alternate doing arms one day and legs the next... Then I'm not spending so much time on weights and can focus on doing cardio,and I love cardio!
jenybryan jenybryan 9 years
i lift with lighter weights, around 5lbs and several reps- it's about toning, not bulking up! and i do that 2-4 times a week, depending on whats going on. when i'm done after about 30-45 minutes, i definitely feel the burn! everything feels light after that :)
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I started the 5 Factor plan on January 1st just because I like to try new trends so you do 2 weight lifting exercises 5 days a week - supersets. I am on week 2 and love it I have already started to see a change in my body. I do more cardio than recommended.
miswirlx miswirlx 9 years
i lift weights everyday atleast 100 times and my arms feel as well as looks's not even near it
Sarah10563 Sarah10563 9 years
I love weightlifting, but only because of Body Pump the hour long program/class that is so motivating and fun, afterwards I feel so strong and it has greatly improved my muscle definition. I usually do cardio before or after depending on time, and energy level.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
We just got a Bowflex, so now I lift weights more often than I did before. I try to alternate upper and lower body, but I sometimes slack on the amount of weight I put on the machine. I should probably load it up a bit heavier so I'm actually doing some real work!
Tutta Tutta 9 years
Four times a boyfriend and I work upper body one day, lower the next. Take a day off and start over after that. He loves weights and hates cardio but I usually make him get SOME in :)
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
I use weights about 2-3 times a week, but only 8-15 lb hand weights at home. I would do strength training only if I could! Cardio doesn't come naturally to me. I do tend to get somewhat bulky, which I why I don't do it every day. Skinny-leg jeans will never be an option for me with these quads.
maya622 maya622 9 years
I lift weights at least two times a week, but I have to do it in a toning/weight training class at my gym. I'm rarely motivated to do it alone, because, as many of the other ladies pointed out, the weight room at my gym is a total sausage factory. Besides, in a class, I feel I get more inventive ways to mix it up, cross train and work different muscle groups that I might not even realize I'm not getting to when working out alone. I also love classes for cardio as well-- kickboxing and cardio bosu are my two favs -- but I am much more inclined to hop on an elliptical or treadmill than I am to hit the weight room. Oh yeah, don't forget that weight lifting is also super important for women (especially once we hit 30) so we don't lose that bone density and become frail old ladies! Osteoporosis is so not sexy.
ER1008 ER1008 9 years
i love cardio but hate weights, maybe because when i'm doing cardio i feel like the time goes by much quicker. but i do need to add more weights into my workouts.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Twice a week, more if I can.
dubyah dubyah 9 years
I used to lift every other day but ever since Christmas I have not picked up a weight... :/ I had not realized it had been that long! I guess I need to get lifting again!
AMP AMP 9 years
I bulk up to easy so I try not to lift weight too often, probably only a couple times a month.
PinkTink707 PinkTink707 9 years
I lift 3 - 4 days per week, with a training split for each body part. I cant imagine going to the gym for just cardio. Weights are not to be feared ladies!!! Plus - what a feeling when guys look at you impressed since you are a woman - yeah that's right - I can lift weights more than 2 lbs. too, and what! LOL
wiggle wiggle 9 years
I do try to fit weights in at least twice a week. I sued to never do them, but a trainer friend got on my case so I started. I like feeling strong!
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 9 years
I know you are supposed to do them everyday but I do.
Berlin Berlin 9 years
Guess I'm different...I do strength training 5 times a week...I do Legs, Arms, then day off, and it's perfect! Building up nice lean muscle and I also do spinning once a week and abs every other day. I love working out and became a lil gym bunny in just one year, went from never working out a day in my life to ultra-obsessed lol, and now I'm a personal trainer! Who would have thought:)
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
Advised against it until my back injury is healed. So 0 times for me :( right now
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I've been working with a trainer so I weight train at LEAST once a week, he works me hard so I usually need a couple days to re-coup. But I love the way it makes me feel, I love flexing and feeling something and knowing I'm stronger. It's a lot less boring than cardio, which I've been doing 4-5 times a week.
metfanl metfanl 9 years
Oh! And one day of Pilates w/ the equipment for the resistance/strength building benefit. It does wonders!
metfanl metfanl 9 years
Ditto to Marygrace -- weights won't make you bulk up! They'll help you build muscle, which, in turn, helps to increase your metabolism. I lift 6 days a week. Back, biceps, traps; chest, triceps, shoulders; legs; repeat.
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