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  1. Hello. I have reached a point in my fitness journey were I don't know what to do. I have always been very slender (5'8", 115lbs) I have started my weight gain journey consuming weight gain shakes both Optimum Nutrition Mass and sometimes Boost Plus and eating a moderate protein based diet. I do weight training (occasionally) and natural cardio (walking, cycling and stairs) I have noticed some weight gain as I am now fluctuating around 120lbs. Problem I am having is that some of the weight went to my belly and waist. I'm sure it has alot to do with the sugar content in the shakes. I d
  2. I started weight lifting about 6 weeks ago. My focus is on my legs and back and I would get on the torso rotation machine as a start to get my middle area ready to do some harder stuff eventually. 3 days ago I got on 2 different ab machines with very little weight to just get a feel for it. I only did 2 sets on each machine and my abs have been sore. Today I hit the gym and got back on the same machines and I would get super sharp pain inside where my c section scar is when i tried doing my sets. I only did 2 reps on each. It hurt So bad i wanted to cry. Its been 4 years since the c section ha
  3. Hello! I am a new lifter trying to get a smaller waist and bigger booty and bigger shoulders and back. I’ve been doing research on formulating a plan, but I don’t know if I put too much in. I couldn’t decide between exercises, so it was hard to choose. I do three or four full body workouts a week, here is an example of one. Warmup, then Squat- 4x10 reps Pushups- 4x10 Pullups- 4x10 assisted Hip thrusts- 5x8 Fly- 3x10-12 Row- 4x8-10 Split squats- 3x12 Plank or side plank Side lunges- 3x15 I barely finish within an
  4. I had a checkup with my new family doctor last week. She was matter-of-fact that yes, it would be healthy for me to lose 30 pounds before trying to get pregnant. It seems like such a big number. I feel intimidated. She also reiterated the possible pros and cons of staying on my anti-anxiety medication during pregnancy, ultimately telling me that it is up to me to decide what is best. All things equal, I would stay on my medication. It's been such a good thing for me, I feel so much more stable and happy when I am on it. But I absolutely do not want to go courting unnecessary risk during p
  5. Hi All, I am pushing myself to post here because I have foresworn Facebook and I need a fitness community if I am going to go anywhere with this. I am 32 and live in Athens, GA (shout-out to any fellow Athenians out there!). I would like to lose 30 pounds and wean myself off my anxiety medication to better my chances of getting pregnant/having a healthy pregnancy when we start trying this fall. The other part of me says "Eh, that sounds hard and unpleasant, let's just watch YouTube videos and eat cookies all day." I know once I titrate off my meds, I am going to need exercise more th
  6. So I've had a weird bumpy thing just above my stomach since December, and I finally went to an internal medicine specialist to get it checked out. While I'm still waiting for final test results, the doctor is 90% sure it's a hernia from lifting (I deadlift and squat at least once a week at my community center, in addition to doing kung fu). Have any of you experienced anything like this? The doc said while it doesn't hurt and it's coming and going, I should just take it easy and wait to see if it goes away on its own, but if it does start to hurt (which it doesn't at all right now, it's just a
  7. Hello All! A year and a half ago I took a journey to Thailand that kick started my health goals. I lost 20lbs in 3 months. Now a year and a half later, I've lost 60lbs altogether! I've went from 197lbs down to 137lbs I'm in the best shape of my life and I even was a featured speaker at an anime convention to teach other people how they can use anime to help them meet their fitness goals. I did it all through portion control and lots of exercise, no fads, tricks, pills, or gimmicks here! I even run a little facebook page for anime fitness memes I'm also a freelance
  8. What are the benefits strength training for women? Does it works for women?
  9. Coffee has been consumed, and words are forthcoming. Mostly, I think. Background: This past Saturday I went in to have a DEXA scan performed, as I was told it was the most accurate form of body weight testing available. I'm not looking to do anything particularly nutters, but I really wanted a good starting point for my exercise. So I established a baseline of where I currently am. Then we'll do it 6 months down the road after consistent training to see how it pans out. The dilemma: As an American, we're obsessed with numbers. Particularly that pesky body fat percentag
  10. Where to start. This is sort of a respawn for me, as I was pretty active here in 2013-2014 (making great gains I might add). Then we adopted our son from China, I was transferred to a new position where I basically had to learn a brand new job right before a series of inspections, and it was all I could do to fit work and family into my daily grind without collapsing from exhaustion. Personal PT goals were put on hold, and even when I did have time to train my heart and mind weren't in it. We are an active duty Navy family and just moved from Sicily, Italy to our new duty station i
  11. I found this video this morning, and she makes a whole lot of sense. I'm not suggesting we all jump up from the couch, turn off the Lifetime movie, and run out to do power lifting RIGHT NOW. But it's sound advice once you're at the level of fitness where you can tolerate the heavier lifting. Give it a look if you're interested.
  12. I love seeing success stories posted all over NF. It is inspiring no matter what the starting weight! Even the smallest victory is a victory to be praised! However, I am getting a little discouraged that I can't find anyone who is anywhere near my level of (un)fitness. Even in the weight loss category... So I am posting here in hopes of finding someone else who has found themselves in a similar position, hiding in a suit of fat and unable to recognize themselves in the mirror. Here is a little about me and some stats. I have been obese since I was 5 years old. I am an emotional eater. I bi
  13. Hey yo! I'm new around here and looking for a little support in the trying-something-new-and-potentially-dangerous realm About me: I'm a petite mid thirties girl (and Minecraft freak), and have spent the past 4 months loosing about 20 lbs. When I started I was doing HIIT workouts 3x a week, but that only lasted about 6 weeks before I had to put it on hold due to an unrelated injury. Fortunately, eating clean and walking was enough to keep the weight loss going through the holidays, but I'm all healed up now and doing basic, (mostly) body weight circuits at home regularly. (Some KBs, s
  14. Greetings, Nerds. My quests are basically a copy of last month. Lift 3 x per week. Post numbers here. Continue to follow stronglifts with DB row modification. Lift smart and deload or repeat when poor form or ROM occurs. Last challenge I earned a perfect score on working out, so I think that lifting is my jam. Oh, hot Food. Last time I completely failed my tracking challenge. So I am trying again. (Once more, with feeling?) Walking. I mean, it's just one darn foot in front of the other - WHY CAN'T I MAKE THIS A HABIT? I desperately need cardio in my life. I have considered hitt
  15. I'm new to this program and have chosen to be a Druid because, well, I am always drawn to that role in RPGs and like the intellectual/mindfulness aspect of it. My concerns are about doing the exercises such as yoga, tai chi, etc. in my current body. I am 400+lbs and only 5'2", so it's hard to get into a lot of poses. I also have back pain due to an injury years ago. I know there are modifications and alternative types of movement geared towards larger bodies, but I can't help but feel I can't count any of them until I can actually fulfill the quests I've been given - like going to a yoga class
  16. Hey guys! In for another challenge. Having trouble deciding on a theme, so that may happen later. I really want to do a witcher theme again, but I'm not sure if repeats are allowed. Edit: Apparently I was being sillly, and it's totally allowed. So since I don't feel like rewriting goals, I'm just going to add fun gifs. Last challenge went well, there was some food tracking, some protein goals, some new recipes... But I really missed having a workout component. So that's making a comeback. Quest 1: Track all the food - 6/7 days a week. I got this. Quest 2: Hit protein/calorie goals (w
  17. Hello! So this is my first challenge, so tell me if I'm doing it wrong... _______________________________________________________ From my Intro Post: A bit about me: My name is Beth; I am 33 in November; I am an American living in Australia, and I am a SAHM with a soon to be 4 yo and triplets that just turned two. I am currently 87.9 kg on Day 1, with some fused vertebrae from a car accident ages ago and some military service, and a deep seated need to do this right this time, despite the fact that I have been a 'bare minimum' type of person my whole life. Why I'm doing this: I'm doing
  18. So I just completed my entry for yesterday in My Fitness Pal, and it gave me an error message that said 'You are likely not eating enough'. When an program that is clearly designed to help people lose weight tells you that you aren't eating enough, LISTEN! (In my defense, I've been feeling like I'm getting a cold, which kills my appetite. But still. I really need to eat more than 1,000 calories a day.) Okay, so I'm ElvenEngineer. I'm a 22 year old female grad student in civil/structural engineering. Contrary to the above, I am not trying to lose weight. I am quite comfortable at 135#, size
  19. I’m pretty much going to cut mandated workouts out of my challenges. I feel like that is a habit that’s fairly ingrained now, and I don’t find myself benefiting from it all too much. [see my straight A’s in this last challenge.] For this challenge I’m going to focus more on eating/mindfulness. I need to figure out a caloric range that works for me, and maybe some macros to hit. When I get busy and stressed, I will and have eaten pasta for every meal just because it’s easy and fast. If I have a protein goal though, I know that doesn’t work out. Quest 1: Track everything in MFP
  20. I am so tired of the up/down party my body is throwing... I don't know what I need, but maybe knowing it's not just me will help? Please share if you feel the same... Not only does my female body naturally avoid making the muscles happen, therefore using less stored fuel ("ESTROGEN!!!" read like Captain Kirk), but I also get to fight a battle with my will to go on every month when my body decides it needs to keep ALL OF THE WATER and that chocolate is the only way to avoid doing the murders to people. You could say "that is why you shouldn't focus solely on the scale", but yeah, but my bod
  21. *For those who know me, this is really similar to my last challenge, but since I skipped a challenge I’m trying to go back to the basics a bit* Also, I just bought an Xbox One, primarily so I could play the new Witcher game. I love it, but NO SPOILERS PLEASE! So that may or may not be taking over my life. Just so you know. (Some of my challenge may or may not be witcher themed….). Introduction: Hi, I’m elvenengineer and this is my third challenge. I really want to get stronger so that I could theoretically swing a giant sword to fight monsters and save people. I started the St
  22. I'm starting out on a new path in my strength journey. I got a little anxious about finding the next step when I "broke up" with my last modality (not without giving it a good honest try), but I have to say as soon as I started lining up my options, I felt exceited and liberated. And I'm extremely glad I found Convict Conditining & really hope this will work out, seen as every coach out there really competent on bodyweight exercises is probably working with crossfit (it's really getting big out here now and there's massive money to be made on it). So here I am, with a little experience g
  23. Hello! So I have read a lot about Paleo and IF and they both sound great. But for women, there seems to be some downsides, ESPECIALLY with IF. Does any of my fellow female rebels have experience with Paleo and IF, particularly the later? I would greatly appreciate your experience, advice, knowledge, and expertise!
  24. Hey guys! So, in a really disappointing turn of events the gym I lifted at closed and I am now gymless. I have had some really great strength gains and nutrition guidance the past few months and I really don't want to lose any of it! I was curious if anyone was doing or knew of any great 3-Day split weight lifting programs that they've seen great results with! This is something I will have to do at my home gym. I have a barbell, squat rack, dumbbells, and a bowflex (basic model). I'm sitting at about 25%BF right now and looking to lose about 4% more. Any program recommendations would b
  25. Hello ladies, so I recently noticed that when I do long runs (which for me are about 5 miles) I get "headlights" (perky nips!) which show through my sports bra AND shirt. When I discovered this during cool down stretches I was mortified. Any recommendations? Has anyone else experienced this? I'm kind of a shy person, so this makes me uncomfortable... :/
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