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/fit/girls Anonymous 7341

Anybody here workout?

I work out pretty regularly; regular weight lifting and strength training along with plenty of cardio. I can bench press 120lbs, but I've gone as high as 150lbs on good days.
It's come to the point where friends and family have taken notice because I've become considerably more muscular.
Sometimes I contradict myself because I don't want to be known as the buff girl, but I love seeing those numbers climb on the smith machine. And I can physically do more than I ever was able to before. I don't want to lose that.

Does anyone else here have a workout/exercise regime? Doesn't matter if it's only cardio or if you're a gym bunny like me. Let's talk about it!

Anonymous 7343

I compete in powerlifting and do climbing and mtbing more casually. my cardio is really bad lol

Anonymous 7346

that's badass, how much can you lift?

i love mtbing, too, but i have a hybrid bike that's not the best on bumpy trails.

Anonymous 7347

squat 145kg, bench 50kg, sumo dead 160kg. my bench is embarrassing lol. I only recently got into mtbing, I got conned into buying a crappy bike that looked good. the breakes are sketchy af, went over the handle bars earlier today on a novice trail lol

climbing is honestly the most fun. give it a try if theres a bouldering gym near you!

Anonymous 7348

If you get even a little serious about biking (not even mtb, any sort of biking) it's worth it to spend money on a decent bike. Disk brakes are a game changer, though a little pricier. Compression brakes, on the other hand, are considerably easier to maintain and are less likely to rub.
Those numbers are awesome. I'd like to try dead lifting, but I'm not sure I have the knees for it.
And I went rock climbing a few years ago and realized I'm weak af. That's actually what got me into physical fitness. I really want to go try it out now that I'm in better shape.

Anonymous 7349

Id really like to get a new bike but I have to save money for uni rn. maybe in a couple of years I can get a nice one

if you go to a bouldering gym they'll have climbs for all levels. dont worry about being too weak, technique goes a long way. its also a good way to make friends, people are really friendly and will give you tips

Anonymous 7359

How much do you weight? Benching 75% of your bodyweight is considered good by womens metrics, your whole bodyweight is good by mens

Anonymous 7360

~175lbs so I'm hovering around the 75% you're talking about.

Anonymous 7363


lol I have an update to my bike situation anon. destroyed my derailer and rear wheel today

Anonymous 7365

first of all are you okay? those things don't happen unless you fall or hit something.

second of all, what do you mean you destroyed?

Anonymous 7366

I crashed on a jump track. the derailer snapped and my wheel bent. Im not really hurt apart from some scratches and bruises. I wont get my bike back until next week tho :(

Anonymous 7367

that suuuuucks but at least you're okay.

Anonymous 7403


5 kg off,5 more to go and then I'll start with lifting and building muscle.

Anonymous 7406

smug hobbit.jpg

>benching on a smith machine

Anonymous 7422

I started to work out at home several years ago, mainly bodyweight exercises/strength training plus a bit of cardio. Tried out a gym too, but it was a horrible experience.
Whatever, I lost ~25kg in these years but I really wish I would have started at a younger age.

Any thoughts about supplements?

Anonymous 7423

You don't need it.

Anonymous 7425

Why not start building your strength now?

Anonymous 7436


It's easier to build muscle when you have additional weight. Better start building muscle before cutting.
For me the situation is a little bit different. I just really like having muscle for how practical they are and their look.
I know most girls prefer the magazine model look but for me picrel is more interesting.
I was even thinking about taking a little bit of anavar(my friend in gym took it and has some really nice effects, also my genes are terrible) but I think I am too afraid for this now.

Anonymous 7437

Oh piss off if you actually lifted yourself you'd know it literally doesn't matter.

Anonymous 7439

Doesn't activate stabilizers and is literally a guillotine.

Anonymous 7440

>start exercising so I can feel better about myself
>Go for a run
>Can only think about how stupid I look, how much I hate myself, how it's not worth improving myself
I-it gets better, right guys?

Anonymous 7441

i'm too socially anxious to go to a gym due to past negative experiences so i just lift dumbbells in my room and do exercises on one uh them yogi mats, and occasionally go for runs. are there any machines you'd consider essential for someone who wants to be fitter but doesn't want to go to a gym?

Anonymous 7442

Beat your anxiety by going to the gym

Anonymous 7444

>doesn't activate stabilizers
Smith machine is fantastic for focusing on the upper portion of your chest AND it provides a safety mechanism for when you're alone.
As far as "stabilizers" go, that's what literally all of the other upper body workouts do on TOP of the smith machine.

What, do you use the bench press and think that's enough? I sure hope not.

Yes. It gets easier.

Anonymous 7445


It gets better.
Well gym would be better because to be fair for real effects you should train about 3-4 times a week and it's much easier to motivate yourself to go to the gym than to train at home.
But if it's not possible buy a pull-up bar for your door frame.
It's super satisfying to be able to do a few pull ups(but it will take some time) and if your strong enough it's literally the best for abs exercises(pulling your legs up etc.)

Anonymous 7446


smith machine doesnt stabilisers AND more importantly is a completely wrong bar path. if you want to be safe and you dont have a spotter, bench in a rack. also if youre using it as an assistance for normal bench there are better alternatives

Anonymous 7448

>is a completely wrong bar path
There is no universal bar path. Everyone lifts differently, and the chart that you posted proves that. If you watch how professional lifters lift you'll see they all have their own style. Not everyone follows the bar path on the right, nor should they. You could seriously hurt yourself if you don't have the proper training to follow such a path.
And again with the stabilizers. That's what other exercises are for, like dips and pullups. Bench pressing with a free weight is basically a "compound" exercise, yes, but is not the only way to work stabilizers.

They both have their place and uses. Knowing what those uses are is key. Smith machines get a bad rep because idiots use them and think they're not as good when in fact they aren't using them right.

Anonymous 7449

yeah, different people have different bar paths based on their leverages. smith machine forces a fixed bar path for everyone in a straight line, which is bad

and if youre using it as an assistance like I said, their are other options that are likely to cause injury

Anonymous 7455


Do you also feel like getting "muscle" is losing it's stigma?
When I was young I always felt it wasn't desirable, and now I am quite often meeting man who think it's cool and even prefer some muscle over thin bodies.

Anonymous 7456

but why did you developed those "muscles"? did you wanted it despite the stigma or did you play sports and a developed a strong body as a consequence?

Anonymous 7457

I started lifting to get a little bit toned.
And I slowly decided that I like muscle. I like that my stamina is much better and I have more energy, being stronger was cool too.
I generally got better at sports and felt better(It took some time to see the changes though).
Then I started thinking that I was scared of getting muscle because of the stigma but I really enjoy them(because they made my life noticeably better) and I also started liking how they look.

Anonymous 7458

This >>7449 girl knows what she's talking about. You should read up more on the subject. Check out MegSquats on Youtube if you want to learn more about lifting.

Anonymous 7459

That's great! By the way, there is no way you will get "too muscly" or "masculine" or all the other misconceptions about women lifting unless you take roids, so keep going. And I know that taste is subjective but in my experience every guy prefers someone who takes care of their body through exercise rather than just "staying skinny", if you even care about guys' opinions that is.

Anonymous 7462

there seems to be a shift in beauty standards. in the 90s/2000s thin was popular, but now thicc/athletic thicc is popular

Anonymous 7463

I'm glad this is happening.

Anonymous 7465

Hey, OP here! It was the we way for me, sorta. I started working out just to lose weight, and then I realized I felt better and looked better physically. And that boosted my confidence immensely. Also, I like how I look with muscles. It feels almost narcicistic but its a better feeling that thinking I'm fat and ugly. Now I feel chubby but strong. Feels good man.

I like to think the stigma is dying off. The tides are changing quickly.
Even if it wasn't, though, I think its a disservice to your body not to take care of it and push it to its limits. Fuck guys, they'll fetishize anything anyway.

Anonymous 7475

Is there abywhere i can go where i can just go in, use the stuffs for 45 minutes, then get out again and dont have to talk to anyone or anything like that? I dont want to join classes or teams or anything. Can i just pay like, 10$/month kist to do my stufff and stay in my lane?

Anonymous 7476

basically every gym? most 24h places are fully automated so you dont even need to speak to staff

Anonymous 7477

That's every gym anon! Just swipe your card to enter, change in the changing room then go in the weight room and do your workout. When you're done leave without having to say anything to anyone, besides the occasional "hi" to the front desk girl.
That's what I do.

Anonymous 7482

Is it, really?? I had no idea!! (Never went to a gym)
How much is it /month? I saw a few places that offer 10$ but most 24hr ones are 20$+.
Also, what do you guys reccommend as a starter? I was thinking of running at first then idk, maybe grow into doing yoga? No focus on looking good, I just want to get healthy.

Anonymous 7483

Ok, here in my country (EU) gyms are quite expensive but when I went to America in August I noticed memberships were much cheaper there, as low as 10$ a month.
As a starter I would jump into a weightlifting routine like Strong Curves (check out the subreddit for info) or any other program by Bret Contreras.
I would avoid doing cardio as an end to itself and just focus on weightlifting while supplementing cardio if you really want to do cardio. Same thing for yoga, I don't recommend it unless you really enjoy it since it is such a "low-impact" type of exercising. You say you want to get healthy but I don't know your starting point, but weightlifting will definitely make you healthier and "improve" your look at the same time as an added bonus. Ask if you have any questions.

Anonymous 7484

Heyheyhey anons! Yesterday a friend of mine made a compliment about my appearance and even mentioned my muscles. Just sharing these positive feels with you.
Keep it up!

Anonymous 7485

Nice, is he hot?

Anonymous 7486


Nah, has a wife and three kids too.

Anonymous 7487

Oh, lol. Well good for you anyway, I'm sure you look great :)

Anonymous 7488

what kind of body type you have or are trying to have?
you want big muscles, defined ones, both?

Anonymous 7489

>here in my country (EU) gyms are quite expensive
now thats shitty (im in the eu also)

>Ask if you have any questions.

>I don't know your starting point
my starting point is absolutely nothing at all. never stepped into a gym my entire life, no home workouts, nada. starting rn at bmi 29 (seeing the 30 there is wat made me start), sedentary, no real diet but counting calories. idk if my stats are important for this but just ask, its not a problem

Anonymous 7490

Kind of fit, but I tend to gain fat around my belly quickly so I focused on my midsection the past few weeks.

Anonymous 7491

you cant spot reduce fat. doing ab exercises wont decrease your belly fat, only losing overall body fat will

Anonymous 7492

Yeah gyms in my country are expensive but you might find some deals in your area.
Sure post your stats, also don't be discouraged if you don't have any lifting experience, learning is gonna be fun. To prepare yourself you can watch Youtube videos on form and exercises (MegSquats, Bret Contreras) which will make your first day much easier.
Diet is fundamental to lose weight so if that is your objective focus on what you eat. You said you are counting calories and have already decreased your BMI so you should probably already have some idea on good nutrition.
Keep at it anon :)
Listen to >>7491

Anonymous 7493

Alright, thanks a lot! i actually dont really focus on nutrients that much - i just look into limiting my calorie intake and make sure i eat organic


150cm, 67kg, sedentary, 1400kcal/day avg, very muscular lower half. thats it i think. just ask if theres anything else

Anonymous 7494


I know I know anons, but it worked nonetheless. My torso/waist is way more defined plus I made improvements with my body tension and posture.
Luckily I made peace with my special friend "extra pound" a long time ago and decided to keep her cause she's cute.

Anonymous 7495

You're doing fine, keep going :)
Good for you anon :)

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