mehiradeoro
fitanne:

For my FAQ: How do I start lifting?
First of all, men and women can do the same workouts perfectly fine (if you are worried about getting bulky, read the next question). If you want results from lifting, you should be lifting heavy (=challenging).
Using the machines at the gym can be good enough, especially for beginners, but in the long run you should strive towards learning free-weight, mainly compound movements (deadlifts, squats etc). Remember to learn the correct form before you start adding too much weight. If you need inspiration or instructions for exercises, see above.
If you feel intimidated by the weights room at the gym, read my post How to be more confident in the gym.
For a beginner, it’s best to do a full body workout every time (one exercise for each body part), or a split between lower and upper body.
Rep ranges:
1-5 reps for strength (1-10sets)
8-12 reps for hypertrophy (building muscle) (3-4 sets)
15+ reps for endurance and low-mid intensity cardio (8-12 reps builds endurance just as well)
Use weights you find challenging, while still being able to perform the exercise with proper form.
Remember rest days are as important as workout days, especially when you are starting out, because you will get very sore at first. Tag: ‘Rest’.
Being sore after a workout doesn’t necessarily mean it was a good workout - No pain no gain is a lie. Tag: ‘DOMS' 
If you want to gain muscle, you also need to be eating right; adequate protein intake + good fats, carbs for energy, and a calorie surplus.
Bonus tip: Don’t go for workouts in the typical magazines for women only (like this). They are not effective (in 9 out of 10 cases) - you have to challenge yourself.
Helpful post: How to make a strength training plan (and keep at it), How to be more confident in the gym
Tag: ‘Lifting Beginner’, ‘Lifting Benefits’, ‘DOMS’

fitanne:

For my FAQ: How do I start lifting?

First of all, men and women can do the same workouts perfectly fine (if you are worried about getting bulky, read the next question). If you want results from lifting, you should be lifting heavy (=challenging).

Using the machines at the gym can be good enough, especially for beginners, but in the long run you should strive towards learning free-weight, mainly compound movements (deadlifts, squats etc). Remember to learn the correct form before you start adding too much weight. If you need inspiration or instructions for exercises, see above.

If you feel intimidated by the weights room at the gym, read my post How to be more confident in the gym.

For a beginner, it’s best to do a full body workout every time (one exercise for each body part), or a split between lower and upper body.

Rep ranges:

  • 1-5 reps for strength (1-10sets)
  • 8-12 reps for hypertrophy (building muscle) (3-4 sets)
  • 15+ reps for endurance and low-mid intensity cardio (8-12 reps builds endurance just as well)

Use weights you find challenging, while still being able to perform the exercise with proper form.

Remember rest days are as important as workout days, especially when you are starting out, because you will get very sore at first. Tag: ‘Rest’.

Being sore after a workout doesn’t necessarily mean it was a good workout - No pain no gain is a lieTag: ‘DOMS

If you want to gain muscle, you also need to be eating right; adequate protein intake + good fats, carbs for energy, and a calorie surplus.

Bonus tip: Don’t go for workouts in the typical magazines for women only (like this). They are not effective (in 9 out of 10 cases) - you have to challenge yourself.

Helpful postHow to make a strength training plan (and keep at it)How to be more confident in the gym

Tag: ‘Lifting Beginner’, ‘Lifting Benefits’, ‘DOMS

fitnessfoodfabulous
influencial-past:

After watching Fed Up I got a little inspired and learned a whole lot. This documentary really made me feel dumb as a consumer because I thought I knew all I needed to know about nutrition… and I was soo wrong. I just started doing my own research and I learned a girl my age shouldn’t be consuming more than 25g of sugar per day. I remember learning that before but I never realized in terms of proportions how little that really is. I took this yogurt from my fridge that I would eat often before school and I was completely shocked to see how many grams of sugar were in there.. 26g?! that’s my entire days sugar intake all in one serving for just ONE meal. I have to keep in mind that I’m sure some of the sugars are naturally occurring from the fruit but let’s be real.. 26g is insane. This totally changes how I think about eating and what I eat. If you haven’t seen Fed Up I highly recommend it. It’s nutrition for dummies like myself. Do your body a favor and learn something new.

influencial-past:

After watching Fed Up I got a little inspired and learned a whole lot. This documentary really made me feel dumb as a consumer because I thought I knew all I needed to know about nutrition… and I was soo wrong. I just started doing my own research and I learned a girl my age shouldn’t be consuming more than 25g of sugar per day. I remember learning that before but I never realized in terms of proportions how little that really is. I took this yogurt from my fridge that I would eat often before school and I was completely shocked to see how many grams of sugar were in there.. 26g?! that’s my entire days sugar intake all in one serving for just ONE meal. I have to keep in mind that I’m sure some of the sugars are naturally occurring from the fruit but let’s be real.. 26g is insane. This totally changes how I think about eating and what I eat. If you haven’t seen Fed Up I highly recommend it. It’s nutrition for dummies like myself. Do your body a favor and learn something new.