Category Archives: weight training

New Year Basics

Welcome to the new year. I’m going to skip the usual New Year’s motivation/inspiration/resolutions – there’s plenty of that everywhere right now, on and off line. (but don’t worry, I will come back to that) Instead, the new year will … Continue reading

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Lifting Weights – Getting Started

I hope the new year is off to a good start for you. There’s a good chance that you, like thousands of people, have made some resolutions to improve something in the coming year. I hope that at least part … Continue reading

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Are You Strong Enough for Life (or a blizzard)?

We here in the Northeast are still digging out from our holiday blizzard. I know we are not the only people to have ever experienced extreme weather, although you might not realize that from the news coverage. A lot of … Continue reading

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Good News for Lifting Weights!

More results from the Physical Activity & Lymphedema study were just released. This is the study which found weight lifting beneficial for breast cancer survivors who already had lymphedema. I wrote about the study an August 2009. Further study has … Continue reading

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Lymphedema Risk

Earlier this month I posted news about new lymphedema research on the Life-Cise News page. The study, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Breast Cancer Symposium, found that the risk for lymphedema continues years after treatment. The study … Continue reading

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Weight Training & Lymphedema (for the Pink & Plaid Warrior and everyone else)

I get questions both here and through about lifting weights and lymphedema. I try to write about it periodically because it’s so important. As someone who had a mastectomy with free TRAM reconstruction, a full axillary node dissection, 6 weeks … Continue reading

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Lifting Weights Safely

As a trainer, I get questions and comments sometimes about pain while lifting weights. A lot of  people are hesitant to take part in a regular strength training program because they’ve experienced joint pain or discomfort in the past. I … Continue reading

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Want To Build Muscle? Light Weights Can Do Just Fine

Common wisdom is that to build muscle you have to lift heavy weights. You’ll hear this at the gym, from friends, on the radio; and read it in countless fitness magazines and newspaper articles. Turns out, it’s not really true … Continue reading

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What Goes Up Must Come Down (don’t let it be on your foot!)

Now, back to business! Weight-lifting injuries are on the rise. A recent study found that from 1990 to 2007, weight-training injuries resulting in emergency room visits increased over 48%. There was a larger increase among women (63%) compared with men … Continue reading

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Great, you’ve started exercising again, or for the first time! What now? I’m hoping you started off pretty moderately. It’s easy in our enthusiasm for doing something positive to start off too aggressively, and end up injured or really sore … Continue reading

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