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Unread 11-17-2013, 07:55 AM   #1
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Get fit but not lose weight?

I am sortof on the skinny side and I am not being able to be gaining weight very easy. I am not very strong either so I would like to be stronger and more strengthened (toned i think?). But I cannot lose weight because I am already being too far skinny and just make the appropriate weight being my age that my doctor says.

I used to have been doing ballet and swimming in my school years and very much liked that it was not so much lost weight but to make me strong and flexibal. Could I start doing the ballet or swimming laps again or is this not being the right way to get strong-toned and flexible without losing weight?
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Unread 11-17-2013, 09:00 AM   #2
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In order to gain weight you need to be at a caloric surplus. To get stronger you want more protein. That's super basic version.

Yoga will help with flexibility, as would ballet. Strength would be best accomplished with weights IMO.
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Unread 11-17-2013, 10:27 AM   #3
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Ballet will definitely make you strong, unless you're, like, half-assing it and using bad technique. Many ballet exercises (especially the ones you do in beginner classes) are designed specifically to improve strength so the dancer will be strong enough to progress to more advanced steps with control and precision. Ballet WILL make you strong, lifting weights will make you strong, do whichever you want.
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Unread 11-17-2013, 01:20 PM   #4
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Read the diet portion of this post, it'll help with making sure your weight does not drop while you are trying to strengthen up. http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2013...nd-bulking-up/

And swimming is great way to get stronger, just make sure you give it your all.

And in case you are worried about getting to bulky from his advice give this one a read as well.http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2011...ng-super-hero/
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Unread 11-17-2013, 07:43 PM   #5
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If you are really underweight then doing some weight lifting or swimming really wont make you lose more weight. It will build muscle which may actually cause you to gain weight. Based on what you described you wanted I suggest weight lifting....though I always suggest weight lifting XD It will help you build muscle and make you look more defined. Don't be afraid of the heavy weights either. You will not because huge like a body builder I promise. http://www.list09.com/wordpress/wp-c...a-Plumley1.jpg Just look at that chick, she is lifting a shit ton of weight but she isn't huge. Sure she has a lot of visible muscle but if she was wearing long sleeve shirt and pants you would never be able to tell. A body like that is my goal...now if only I can stop getting hurt long enough to get back in my workout routine...


Oh that reminds me, if you want to weight lift talk to a trainer and get the forms down. If not done properly you can get hurt.
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Unread 11-17-2013, 07:51 PM   #6
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It will help you build muscle and make you look more defined.
As does ballet :P
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Unread 11-17-2013, 07:55 PM   #7
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As does ballet :P
Its just a preference thing. I am not flexible at all, I also don't like to dance. On top of that, I am a huge tom boy and like to prove to guys that I can do anything they can :P
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Unread 11-17-2013, 08:01 PM   #8
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Well, the OP was asking about ballet and swimming.
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Unread 11-17-2013, 08:15 PM   #9
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Well, the OP was asking about ballet and swimming.
Yeah I saw that, but I am on a mission to break the terrible stigma that if women/girls lift weights they will not get huge, that in fact they will get "toned". Too many people still believe that if women want to get "toned" they need to lift light weights and do a lot of reps. Also, too many people still believe that they need to do 600 crunches to get a 6 pack, and that you can spot reduce. I am merely providing her another option to help her achieve her goal, one that most women do not fully understand.
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Unread 11-17-2013, 09:08 PM   #10
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wow, i am so being surprised right now! I am only having asked this question very early today and i look now to expect 2 answers and i am getting so many. and all are being very helping especially being alpha and nikkkiolie.
I think i will try a little of both? weight lifts are good for being strong and 'toning' but maybe a little of ballet to help be more flexible and graceful. i will talk to one of the training helpers at the gym where my sister is working and will see what they can suggest.
Thank you all again you are very helpful and kind!
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Unread 11-20-2013, 10:58 PM   #11
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Yeah I saw that, but I am on a mission to break the terrible stigma that if women/girls lift weights they will not get huge, that in fact they will get "toned". Too many people still believe that if women want to get "toned" they need to lift light weights and do a lot of reps. Also, too many people still believe that they need to do 600 crunches to get a 6 pack, and that you can spot reduce. I am merely providing her another option to help her achieve her goal, one that most women do not fully understand.
I understand the feeling, as I feel similarly toward people who think ballet is easy because the pro level dancers make it look effortless. The fact that they make it look effortless just shows how strong and well-practiced they are, just like gymnasts who can do 10 backflips in a row like it's as easy as walking to the mailbox. Much like gymnastics, ballet is an incredible body-resistance workout. As I said in the dancer thread, even standing still (correctly!) with your feet flat on the ground demands full engagement of every part of your body.

To the OP: Feel free to do both. I still say that ballet on its own is enough for strength and toning, but only if you can make it to at LEAST 2 1.5 hr classes a week Less than that, and you will need to supplement it with some other kind of resistance training.. Personally, during the times in my life when I can't make that work I have ballet exercises that my teacher OK'd me to do at home for strengthening, basically simple barre exercises my teacher knows I can do safely and correctly. For me, everything is geared toward dancing better, and few things I have done in a gym with weights have been relevant to dance. You use your muscles very differently in ballet than in the rest of your life, and a good teacher will explain how and be able to spot if you're doing it right. Also, you use your feet and ankles SO much. Strong feet and TOES, how cool is that?

I know the above made it sound like I'm discouraging weight lifting, but really I'm not. It depends of the OP's goals. Like I said, you need a lot of ballet to get those benefits, just pointing out that different goal = different approach. Since the OP did mention flexibility as a goal, I will add this: whatever you do, STRETCH THE HELL OUT AFTER! It's important for anyone, but especially if you want to be flexible. With a good ballet class, this will be built into the class, but with anything you do on your own, honestly, look up what muscle group you're working on the internets and look up stretches for it.

Warm up STRETCH (gently). Work out, STRETCH (now try to increase range of motion and do the deep stretches). Cool down, STRETCH(gently).
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Unread 11-21-2013, 01:12 PM   #12
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Eat plenty is really the best way to make sure you are not losing weight. Have a caloric surplus and you will not lose weight. Also I would stick primarily to lifting weights as opposed to a combination of cardio and lifting weights. Since cardio burns more energy you have to eat even more to make sure you still have a surplus
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Unread 11-25-2013, 11:13 PM   #13
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^ This too. When I was an underweight college student (I miss those days...) this was how I lived. Get plenty of calories, but do try to get them from goo sources instead of junk (avocados, olive oil, nuts, beans, feel free to OM NOMNOMNOMNOM on these).
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