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Gym made me..gain weight?

So, I don't know who remembered my post about being at the last 10 lbs and curious about trying weight training.

Well, I went once..and...GAINED 2 lbs :[ It's not a huge deal, but mentally it's a weird thing.

I DID lose .5 inch off my waist and .5 inch off my thighs. So I plan to continue this. But it was just something that went straight to my brain and has been bohering me since.

Not to mention, I was VERY sore after my workout (I worked thighs, butt, and abs), so if it's going to hurt my weight loss, then I'm not sure if it's worth it.?

Any ideas?

Sat. Dec 1, 11:25am

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Search this forum - there's an old thread or two about the temporary weight gain when you start weight training or significantly increase the weight you're working with.

It's temporary and it's water-related (something to do with muscle repair and glycogen, I forget the exact science). This 2-lb blip you're seeing might last 2 days or 2 weeks, but it's just a blip.

Saturday, December 01, 2007, 11:31 AM

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actually it's good for you. means your muscles are getting in gear. when you work out you build muscle and muscle weighs more than fat. so if your measurements are getting smaller but your weight is getting higher, don't worry. go by the measurements. the muscle is helping to burn the fat and reshape your body.

Saturday, December 01, 2007, 11:35 AM

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I started weight training about a month ago. I was super frustrated that I wasn't losing weight. (I was also eating well and doing cardio). Then a week ago I dropped 5 pounds just like that. I'm close to my goal weight so 5 pounds is a huge deal. STICK WITH IT! I promise you'll see results you'll like. :)

Oh, and you probably won't be sore like that anymore. I was really sore the first time. Now I only get mildly sore, that good kind of sore!

Saturday, December 01, 2007, 12:49 PM

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Its hard to believe that after one work out of weight training you gained 2 pounds. More likely is you didn't drink enough water and the muscles got filled with lactic acid. If you were truly that sore you were using to much weight. You should always start with a comfortable weight so the last 2 reps challenge you, but you shouldn't be that sore. Maybe get someone at the gym to show you the correct way to use some of the machines. They do this for free and they will even give you a routine for free if you ask for it once.

Saturday, December 01, 2007, 1:05 PM

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op back

well, i'm pretty athletic and strong to begin with, so i'm pretty sure the weights i did weren't too much.

here's a summary:

i did 12 minutes (1 mile slightly uphill) on the treadmill to warm up so I wouldn't pull anything.

-I did about 50lbs on the leg press, 3 reps of 20.
-Thigh abducters and aducters, 40somthing lbs for the "opening" one and 68 lbs for the "closing"one, and 3 reps of 20 each.
-This machine that makes you lie down on your stomach and "crunch" your legs up and over a little (works the back of your thigh (opposite the quads) and your butt lol)..about 50 lbs again and 2 reps of 20.
-Then 50 old fashioned sit ups lol

I'm only 17, so I based my work out numbers on what I knew. For tone, "thin" muscle, go for weights that you can do 20 reps of and then do that 2-3 times. Other than that, I was clueless. Any help on what I should be doing?

Saturday, December 01, 2007, 1:34 PM

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Your follow-up question requires a fairly lengthy answer, and you're asking it of people who will claim expertise based on personal anecdotes. So...

Ask for a subscription to magazines like Self, Prevention, Women's Health or Fitness for Christmas. They've always got well-designed resistance workouts. In the meantime, you can check out their articles and workout archives online for guidance.

Saturday, December 01, 2007, 1:59 PM

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op again

well i'm sure someone here can help me..I mean that's one of the main purposes of peertrainer..that we help each other based on experience.

Saturday, December 01, 2007, 4:35 PM

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Why wouldn't you prefer reliable information from reputable resources over self-specific "advice" from someone with no relevant education or professional qualifications?

Another option would be to buy a program for various online personal trainers who know what adjustments have to be made for your individual age, weight, fitness level, goals, etc.

Saturday, December 01, 2007, 4:55 PM

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I bet your weight gain was unrealted to lifting weights.

It sounds to me like you've got a good plan. But if you want some great info check out I use this website all the time. :)

Saturday, December 01, 2007, 6:24 PM

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OP once more

Update..On Wed I went to the gym, I gained weight by Fri. Sat the weight dropped a little. I went to the gym again on Sat..and voila..I went up 2 lbs again.

So now my total gain is three. It's not a lot. But I'm not used to this. :\

Sunday, December 02, 2007, 10:05 AM

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Your overall weight should not be going up due to weight training more than a few pounds total unless you are really lifting an extreme amount of weight. I wouldn't worry for a couple weeks and then see if it even outs.

Sunday, December 02, 2007, 10:15 AM

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When I first started weight training I gained a couple of pounds and then stayed there for about five weeks, then whoosh, I dropped six pounds almost overnight and I've been losing steadily every since. The fact that you were sore the next day means that you were really working the muscles (and probably too much, you don't need to be sore for weight training to work.) That thing about the water in the muscles is for real. Keep up the weight training and ignore the scale for awhile. You'll love what it does for you.

Sunday, December 02, 2007, 11:56 AM

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