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Use of hand weights during step aerobics


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I do an hour on the wii step 4", I've been using 3# hand weights, just got 6# weights and heard this doesn't help. I'm hoping to get elliptical soon. What are some opinions? Thanks
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I am not familiar with aerobics for Wii- but when I took a step aerobic class we used light weights for some of the stuff but it isn't going to do anything to build muscle or 'tone" if that is your goal- it may help to add to the effort you have to put into the workout due to the extra weight, but it's not going to be significant.

If you want to firm up and keep the muscle you have and lose fat then take up real weight lifting and do the aerobics on non lifting days.  

But if you goal is to improve cardiovascular health then you are probably safe in doing what you are doing, but I really doubt 6 lb weights are going to make a difference.

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Thanks. I do want to start weight training. I really want to firm up. Will look for a good way to start.

DB is correct about the strength/muscle gains from using the 6# weights during step, but it will increase your cardio output, thereby helping from a cardio vascular standpoint -- if that is one of your goals.  It can also help with some endurance -- both cardio and muscle.

Original Post by Jakesadie:

Thanks. I do want to start weight training. I really want to firm up. Will look for a good way to start.

http://caloriecount.about.com/forums/fitness/ welcome-fitness-forum-faq-read-first#2

This lists some good weight lifting programs even if you don't have a gym membership/ weights or other equipment.

I personally have done New Rules of Lifting for women, and Female Body Breakthrough and had great success  

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Thanks for the link :)
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