Yeah, yeah… I could post this in the “Powerful Women” forum, but that would mean that I have to leave the safety of “Over 35”.
Having prodded my wife a bit, it has become apparent that she a) wants a little size (specifically butt and shoulders) and b) wants to get stronger (so she doesn’t feel like a “wussy”).
Will be 35 in May.
5’3" and just over 130# (don’t tell her I posted that)…part of that weight is extra skin, left over from the 190# weight loss. Yes, you read that right.
She has zero resistance training history. She worked out with me a couple of times when she was at 128# and ended up hurting her shoulder. That was far too thin for her.
I have had her on a 3x10 program for the past week, to help ease her into lifting and get her body used to doing it. I gave her 2 full body workouts that alternated, 3 days a week.
RDL or Deadlift
Seated DB Press
Given her wants, I was thinking of moving her to slightly higher weights, with 3-4 sets and 5-8 reps. Before committing to that, however, I thought that I would draw on the experience of those here and see what you think might be a good starting program for her.
I don’t want to get too gung ho, but, given that she has never done this before, I don’t want to short change her potential newbie growth.
Edit: Gents, this does not mean that you shouldn’t chime in. I have no doubt that some of you have been with/around females starting this journey.