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My husband just loves this site and has encouraged me to give it a look. So here is the deal. I have had Weightloss Surgery and I have started to lose weight. I am down 23 lbs in 4 weeks this weightloss should continue about this pace for a few months. The major problem with this is Bat Wings. So I need some help.

I can not lift more then 20 lbs for at least another few months. What exercises should I use and what kind of weight. Machines or dumbells? Reps and set length? I am a complete beginner but I am commited to start something that I will do for the rest of my life. Thanks for any help you can offer.

nice progress!

read this:
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=645666

that should give you a good start. Good luck!

I don’t know what you mean by that you can’t lift more than 20 pounds? Do you not have a gym membership yet or something?

You can always do sprinting and sorts. They help lose fat, and make your legs look nice.

good luck

[quote]hockechamp14 wrote:
I don’t know what you mean by that you can’t lift more than 20 pounds? Do you not have a gym membership yet or something?
good luck[/quote]

After surgery, you’re asked to not pick up things that weigh over a specific amount. I’m sure that’s what she meant.

Oh, and what are “bat wings”. Fleshy arms?

Yes flappy arms are bat wings, lol

And Yes because of the surgery I can not lift over 20 lbs because of the incision that is 9 inches long across the muscle. It needs time to heal. I am doing 1.25 miles on the treadmill 3 days a week.

Thanks

Congratulations on your lifestyle altering desicion , I bet you are going to enjoy the coming years with newfound interests and goals that keep you motivated and intriuged

at this moment I suggest you to learn propper form probably do a lot of aerobic work that ivolves not only legs but other body parts, (rope jumping this is a great skill and you can do it or take it anywhere you want)

this will help build high endurance muscle fibers which are preety much what most women want to since there effect on tonus(tonus are a name given to small contractions of muscule groups to balance your body and hold it together for example sitting with your back straight without having to lean back on something basicly the toning myth came from this) is high they burn lots of calories at rest use more fat as fuel and probably make day life easier ,

Well, contrary to some of the advice, I don’t think you should be doing things that are high exertion until you are fully healed up.

If you haven’t been working out at all, then you won’t have to use weights to start out. You could probably start with some no/low impact aerobics which should be less boring than long bouts on the treadmill.

Buy a tape, do whatever level of impact your doctor is okay with, and you’ll be doing lots of bodyweight stuff.

It’s only a few months and when you are considering a lifelong change then you don’t have to worry about waiting that time to fully heal. You can slowly add weights and get more serious about lifting, if hopefully you choose to do so, over time.

Good luck and just stick to it, you’ll get where you want to be if you just don’t quit!

Congrats on deciding to do something good for yourself. As far as weights go, don’t worry about it, healing is more important. The worst thing you could do right now would be to tear open that incision and end up laid up in the hospital for god knows how long. How much fat do you think you’ll lose laying in bed (not to mention it’d probably be mentally and emotionally devastating to have something so good turn so bad).

If your doctor says it’s ok to walk on the treadmil why not get outside and do it. Go out and buy a good supportive pair of walking shoes, or better yet hiking boots with some ankle support, and get outside. Not sure where you’re located but it’s summer in the northern hemisphere and prime hiking season. Keep hydration in mind, especially if you’re somewhere down south where it gets really hot, it’s really easy to get dehydrated and sick, especially if you’re on the heavier side. It’s a lot more exciting than walking on a treadmill and can easily incorporate other activities. You can pack a lunch in a pack and hike out for a picnic, eat and relax for a bit, then hike back. Or grab a nature book and some bug spray, head out in the woods, and try to identify the different trees and plants, learning and exercising at the same time WOW!

Not only will this help you lose fat, but it’ll help build endurance for when you finally can get into the gym and start lifting.

Another option may be to start working on flexibility. Again, be careful of that incision, but starting a good stretching routine now will help get your joints, tendons, ligaments, etc… used to moving and help a lot when you finally can start doing some resistence exercise.

Hope this helps,
Jay

[quote]gilberts_wifey wrote:
Yes flappy arms are bat wings, lol

And Yes because of the surgery I can not lift over 20 lbs because of the incision that is 9 inches long across the muscle. It needs time to heal. I am doing 1.25 miles on the treadmill 3 days a week.

Thanks [/quote]

You got some pretty solid advice already.
I wish you the best of luck in your journey!
Have you thougth about just increasing the teadmill training to 5 days a week?

You have gotten alot of advice but I didnt see a very important point:

If your going to lose a great deal of weight chances are your going to have loose skin that can only be dealt with through surgery. Lifting weights/exercising isnt going to rid you of loose skin. Weight training+eating right may help a little by filling in the loose area with some muscle.

[quote]JNeves wrote:
You have gotten alot of advice but I didnt see a very important point:

If your going to lose a great deal of weight chances are your going to have loose skin that can only be dealt with through surgery. Lifting weights/exercising isnt going to rid you of loose skin. Weight training+eating right may help a little by filling in the loose area with some muscle.[/quote]

Who the hell told you she cant tighten skin through diet?

Before you go giving advice, specifically telling someone the only cure is surgery, get your facts straight.

Plenty of people here and around the world have lost close to 100 pounds and have tightened up.

You CAN tighten up, yes it takes time and a hella lot of time, yes it takes a strict diet, but by no means is surgery the only answer.

[quote]maxx power wrote:
JNeves wrote:
You have gotten alot of advice but I didnt see a very important point:

If your going to lose a great deal of weight chances are your going to have loose skin that can only be dealt with through surgery. Lifting weights/exercising isnt going to rid you of loose skin. Weight training+eating right may help a little by filling in the loose area with some muscle.

Who the hell told you she cant tighten skin through diet?

Before you go giving advice, specifically telling someone the only cure is surgery, get your facts straight.

Plenty of people here and around the world have lost close to 100 pounds and have tightened up.

You CAN tighten up, yes it takes time and a hella lot of time, yes it takes a strict diet, but by no means is surgery the only answer.[/quote]

Once the skin has been stretched to a certain point, assuming the original poster was considered obese (which would merit this surgery), then NO, there isn’t a chance that diet or even exercise will return the skin to it’s original “tightness”.
I’ve had a client in the past (has lost over 200 lbs to date), and cosmetic surgery is the only way to get rid of the excess skin.
The procedure is costly, but talk to your physician and they should put you in contact with some programs that can help with cost.

[quote]jehovasfitness wrote:

Once the skin has been stretched to a certain point, assuming the original poster was considered obese (which would merit this surgery), then NO, there isn’t a chance that diet or even exercise will return the skin to it’s original “tightness”.
I’ve had a client in the past (has lost over 200 lbs to date), and cosmetic surgery is the only way to get rid of the excess skin.
The procedure is costly, but talk to your physician and they should put you in contact with some programs that can help with cost.

[/quote]

Ok, my point is this.
Before someone on the internet’s first response is for someone to seek cosmetic surgery, dont you think we as a community that specialises in building a better body should suggest trying the optimum diet route?

Too many people these days give up without trying.

You may have a client that was 200lbs overwieght, but we have HUNDREDS pf people on this site that have dropped a signifcant amount of weight and was able to tighten up without it.

Give it a try! What have you got to lose, besides skin and time.

Regards,
mp

I guess we’re playing semantics here. I do agree with you completely though, and I think it would be common sense (but who knows these days), that first exercise and nutrition should be the #1 priority and then much later down the road cosmetic surgery can be an option if so desired.

The sad thing with these types of surgeries is that muscle loss is likely to occur, thus making those “bat wings” even more troublesome.