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    Routine for wife - never been to gym before

    Hey guys, looking for some advice. My wife currently goes to a pilates studio 3-4 times a week where they have classes for pilates (obviously), barre, and HIIT. However, they keep upping their prices and we're paying close to $180 a month now. She has expressed interest in joining my L.A. Fitness to save a few bucks, but is nervous because she has never been to an actual gym. She is in shape from her pilates stuff and running, but states she wants to...wait for it..."get more toned."

    I considered having her work with a personal trainer, but I have seen the trainers at my local L.A. Fitness and think I would be better off finding a routine that I can help her with until she is comfortable with various exercises and knows her way around the gym.

    So, any recommendations for a mild, full body routine focused primarily on high volume/low weight training?

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    There are many routines on bb.com for females, lots of pictures of "toned" women to for inspiration!
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    It kind of depends on what you mean by high volume and low weight. Generally full body routines have less volume and more weight.

    If the concern is that she's intimidated by lifting, then perhaps a program geared towards women will help, Strong Curves, New Rules of Lifting for Women, Female Body Breakthrough.

    Alternatively, any beginners routine in the stickies would be effective. Maybe AllPros if she wants to start with lighter weights.
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    I'd start here. http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...hp?t=168176343



    Convincing the wife that lifting weights is good can be tricky. I personally have had success with two approaches over the years. Put her on All pros and have her start at a moderate weight with face pulls in place of BOR OR put her on Fierce 5 and have her start very light. You could alter the reps on F5 and slow progression if needed.

    I've found that training females requires baby steps at first. Heavy weight right off the bat is intimidating and I've found they generally need more comfort of light weights while learning form.
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    Originally Posted by davisj3537 View Post
    I'd start here. http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...hp?t=168176343



    Convincing the wife that lifting weights is good can be tricky. I personally have had success with two approaches over the years. Put her on All pros and have her start at a moderate weight with face pulls in place of BOR OR put her on Fierce 5 and have her start very light. You could alter the reps on F5 and slow progression if needed.

    I've found that training females requires baby steps at first. Heavy weight right off the bat is intimidating and I've found they generally need more comfort of light weights while learning form.
    My sister is wanting to start doing weights at the gym, since her friends only want to do cardio, so she wants me to help her out a bit. I was going to try and get her on a program. Ill make sure and take note of this.
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    I'm assuming she's of the common thought that lifting anything moderately heavy will result in looking like The Rock.

    (Natural) women have a really hard time building severe muscle without a tight diet and, typically, gifted genetics.

    I think any of the stickied beginner programs her would be fine but don't be afraid to encourage her to lift heavier than she might initially be comfortable with. Alternatively, if she's set on higher rep/lower weight I'd opt for a split.
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