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Women: What weights are you using?
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I'm considering getting Body Beast. However, I'm trying to figure out if the weights I have will be sufficient. Ladies, what kinds of weights are you using? I'm specifically wondering about the "big" exercises, such as the deadlifts and squats.

I'm female, 39 yrs old, 5 ft 3 in, 122 lbs. I'm an experienced exerciser, having done multiple rounds of P90X, Insanity, Asylum, P90X2. I also play a lot of tennis and box. I typically lift 15 - 20 lbs per arm for biceps and triceps, 20 - 25 lbs for shoulder-press type moves, and I can do a handful of unassisted pull-ups.

Thanks,
Melissa
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RE: Women: What weights are you using?
11/30/12 11:56 AM as a reply to avondale.
Im curious about the same. I am thinking of trying body beast and wondering what weights i should be using. and how much i will need to increase by near the end
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RE: Women: What weights are you using?
11/30/12 2:31 PM as a reply to mtrebs9.
mtrebs9:
Im curious about the same. I am thinking of trying body beast and wondering what weights i should be using. and how much i will need to increase by near the end


Melissa & Meghan,

I'm getting you some info!

Cheers!
Christina
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RE: Women: What weights are you using?
11/30/12 2:57 PM as a reply to CoachCBove.
So in researching and talking to a few people, likely 5-60 lbs. The 60lbs are for squats (30 each side). I like using the adjustable weights.
I hope this helps!
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RE: Women: What weights are you using?
11/30/12 3:11 PM as a reply to avondale.
Melissa

Great chioce! I am doing Bodybeast emoticon

Sounds like you already have what you need....plus you could pick up more as you continue to gain strength.

Carlie


avondale:
I'm considering getting Body Beast. However, I'm trying to figure out if the weights I have will be sufficient. Ladies, what kinds of weights are you using? I'm specifically wondering about the "big" exercises, such as the deadlifts and squats.

I'm female, 39 yrs old, 5 ft 3 in, 122 lbs. I'm an experienced exerciser, having done multiple rounds of P90X, Insanity, Asylum, P90X2. I also play a lot of tennis and box. I typically lift 15 - 20 lbs per arm for biceps and triceps, 20 - 25 lbs for shoulder-press type moves, and I can do a handful of unassisted pull-ups.

Thanks,
Melissa
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RE: Women: What weights are you using?
11/30/12 3:15 PM as a reply to mtrebs9.
If you enjoy weight lifting I think you both would enjoy it just as much as I am emoticon Carlie


mtrebs9:
Im curious about the same. I am thinking of trying body beast and wondering what weights i should be using. and how much i will need to increase by near the end
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RE: Women: What weights are you using?
11/30/12 3:25 PM as a reply to CoachCBove.
CoachCBove:
So in researching and talking to a few people, likely 5-60 lbs. The 60lbs are for squats (30 each side). I like using the adjustable weights.
I hope this helps!


Thanks for this. Does this fit with other ladies' experiences? (just asking if anyone else wants to contribute)


I have pairs of dumbbells up to 25 lbs each. Beyond that I have old-fashioned adjustable ones with metal plates and metal clips that I can do up to 50 lbs each. I think that set had a barbell with them, if I can find it. I'm just hoping not to have to change the adjustable weights too often (during one routine), as they are annoying.

But, I would also rather not shell out for the money for more weights at the moment.

I am interested in building some muscle with Body Beast, but the other thing that's attractive at the moment is the relatively short workouts it has. My work (teaching schedule) is going to be changing next semester and cutting down on my workout time. Fortunately this is only for one semester.

Thanks,
Melissa
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RE: Women: What weights are you using?
11/30/12 3:44 PM as a reply to avondale.
During the workouts he does:

15 reps
12 reps go up in weight if you can
8 reps heavy weight
8 reps drop in weight

But its what your able to do & lift. I have adjustable weights & go light with 15 reps & 12 reps heavier & then stay the same with the to set of 8 reps unless there is time to change. I keep the remote close to be able to switch sometimes.

Carlie




I have pairs of dumbbells up to 25 lbs each. Beyond that I have old-fashioned adjustable ones with metal plates and metal clips that I can do up to 50 lbs each. I think that set had a barbell with them, if I can find it. I'm just hoping not to have to change the adjustable weights too often (during one routine), as they are annoying.

But, I would also rather not shell out for the money for more weights at the moment.

I am interested in building some muscle with Body Beast, but the other thing that's attractive at the moment is the relatively short workouts it has. My work (teaching schedule) is going to be changing next semester and cutting down on my workout time. Fortunately this is only for one semester.

Thanks,
Melissa[/quote]
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RE: Women: What weights are you using?
11/30/12 3:47 PM as a reply to Beardemphl.
I have sent you both buddy requests....I would love to keep in touch there are not many women that are doing bodybeast emoticon
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RE: Women: What weights are you using?
11/30/12 4:19 PM as a reply to avondale.
avondale:
CoachCBove:
So in researching and talking to a few people, likely 5-60 lbs. The 60lbs are for squats (30 each side). I like using the adjustable weights.
I hope this helps!


Thanks for this. Does this fit with other ladies' experiences? (just asking if anyone else wants to contribute)


Hi Melissa,

You might consider getting the Tempo DVD if you don't already have it. The reps in the Tempo Sets will get you more mileage out of your existing weights. I'm advising my Body Beast clients on Tempo for the Beast Phase as they are out growing their existing weights in the Bulk Phase...what a great problem to have right? So rather then spend $$$ on heavier dumbbell pairs, in the short term they may find better value in doing the slower rep tempos (6 seconds positive, and 6 seconds negative) to get more of a pump from lighter weight. I like variation anyway. I did Build and Bulk as designed and switched to Tempo in the Beast phase (which is an option). Only downside for you about Tempo is the workouts are a bit longer.

Also, 60 lb dumbbells sound great for squats...but how is your grip? emoticon

I've heard of some women talk about the leg strength being there but they couldn't hold the heavier weight. Do you think you can hold 60 lb dumbbells for 8 or more reps for squats? If not you might consider getting some cheap weight lifting straps to transfer the weight to your wrists and arms. Honestly...I use wrist wraps sometimes as I would rather focus on the muscle group that I am working. I can work on my grip in other ways.

You you might just consider picking up that EZ bar and putting it on your shoulders for Squats. Just make sure you have good form.

Robert
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RE: Women: What weights are you using?
11/30/12 4:21 PM as a reply to avondale.
I just finished a round of Body Beast. I was starting to max out my 50s by the end on chest and back days. Only a few moves need that much weight. For leg days I wore a weighted vest and used DBs or the EZ bar. A lot of the moves you don't go as heavy because of the pre exhaustion sets. I got more out of my weights by lifting slow and not using any momentum. Some of the workouts especially Bulk Arms they go too fast to use good form so I would pause the DVD or rewind. This helps prevent injuries and is better for muscle growth.
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RE: Women: What weights are you using?
11/30/12 5:17 PM as a reply to tcoon2000.
Hello. I just got Body Beast myself and will start hopefully in January 2013. I like to lift heavy, so I know where I can start with the weights. I will however, open up a new thread about the nutrition part of it.
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RE: Women: What weights are you using?
11/30/12 7:36 PM as a reply to Stepmom1.
All are welcome....Come join the fun.

If anyone would like to jump on a thread now to keep accountability I have started one.
It has people doing all types of programs.

I am doing BodyBeast & would love to chat more with people that are doing the same program as me.
It is a pretty new program to beachbody & there are not that many threads with people doing the program

Just click here to check it out emoticon

Pop in & post daily for motivation and support. You will have questions along the way and there is no better place than here. As the group grows, you will build relationships with others. You will care about their success and them about yours. It really can be powerful.
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Carlie
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RE: Women: What weights are you using?
12/5/12 8:15 AM as a reply to Beardemphl.
clearly i haven't checked this board out in a while, all these new comments! super helpful. I think i will start bodybeast in january. I should have enough weight by the sounds of it, plus i do have some adjustable weights i can use as well. \
Thanks everyone!
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RE: Women: What weights are you using?
1/11/13 8:02 AM as a reply to avondale.
Thank you for this post! I was wondering the same thing. I'm 5 feet tall, 105 lbs. I know the Beast vids show only males doing the workouts so I don't really have much to go by in terms of finding an appropriate weights set for a small framed female. I'll have to play around with different weights.

Thanks for the tips!
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RE: Women: What weights are you using?
1/11/13 8:09 AM as a reply to avondale.
I have done 2 rounds of Chalean Extreme and if you are serious about lifting regularly, the Bowflex SelectTechs would be a good investment. They're pretty pricey (Walmart.com is by far the cheapest) but are well worth the investment if you're planning on lifting heavy. They go from 5 lbs to 52.5 lbs in 2.5 lb increments so its super easy to go heavier if you do one rep and realize its too light. In the long run they save you money since you don't have to buy individual dumbbells all the time. I'm 22 years old, 5' 3" at 135 lbs and I was using up to 35 lbs on some of the exercises with Chalean Extreme.
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