September 19th 04, 11:25 PM
"Proton Soup" > wrote in message
> On Sun, 19 Sep 2004 17:48:51 -0400, "Jim" > wrote:
> >"Mistress Krista" > wrote in message
> . cable.rogers.com...
> >> "Jim P." > wrote in message
> >> news:nWl3d.76032$D%[email protected]
> >> > This newsgroup has been really helpful, thank you. Should I be able
> >> > lots of bodyweight only exercises (squats, pull-ups, pushups, dips,
> >> sit-ups)
> >> > and reps before I should even consider picking up iron?
> >> > Serious question. I'm 43 and trying to get back into shape after a
> >> layoff.
> >> Iron comes in very small sizes. One thing I do with newbies is show
> >> 2.5 lb. plate so they understand that "free weights" needn't be giant
> >> of pig iron. You simply execute the lifts with the weight that is
> >> appropriate for your current level of fitness.
> >> That being said, bodyweight exercises such as the type you mention are
> >> great start, and many of them, such as pullups, still form the basis
> >> many experienced trainers' workouts. I like to have newbies start with
> >> 3 sets of 15-20 unweighted squats with good form and nice depth before
> >> attempt any additional resistance. This builds the balance,
> >> confidence that will assist them to do the movement correctly with
> >> weight.
> >> Why not read up on good form, such as at www.exrx.net, and pick a few
> >> additional exercises to augment your bodyweight work? Rows, calf
> >> and presses are nice additions.
> >> Krista
> >> --
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> >> mistresskrista at stumptuous dot com
> >Agreed,the reason I mentioned having some weight when learning squats is
> >that worked for me. I cannot keep my heels down without some weight. No
> I can just barely do a flat-footed free squat, but I have to stretch
> my arms out front and center to act as a ballast. Else, I'm likely to
> tumble back on my ass.
I am "blessed" with muscular calves. They need a good stretch for me to flat