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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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