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How long does it take to build muscle? Are there a certain amount of times a week that a person needs to lift weights in order to build muscle. I just want to be tone but am unsure of how long I need to be lifting.

Thu. Feb 23, 9:42pm

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I would do some weight training at least 2-3 times a week if you want to see results quickly. 30 minutes is plenty of time to get in enough reps to work several parts of the body. If you haven't done weight training before, you will probably see/feel results faster than someone who has been toning for a long time. I think if you stick to a routine 2-3 times a week, you will definitely see something happening in about a month . . .which will probably motivate you further! (If you are looking for a GREAT way to get toned see if you can find a gym or studio that offers the trademarked class "Body Pump". It's a 60 minute class set to really invigorating music . . .I have been taking the class for almost a year once or twice a week and WOW is all I can say!). . . good luck w/ your toning!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2006, 11:38 PM

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Body Pump is awesome. I take it at Gold's Gym in Sacramento. I just started but I really enjoy it. I've been doing upper body weight training on my own, but my lower body is feeling the effects of Body Pump. Instead of just 20 long minutes on my own I can last through a 1 hour Body Pump.

Friday, February 24, 2006, 12:05 AM

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I also recommend a video series call The Firm. You will see results in 10 workouts (it is their guarantee).

Also keep an eye on amount of weight and number of reps. For toning, aim for a weight you can lift 12-15 times, where you can barely do the last rep while still maintaining proper form. I have read beginners can see results from one set of each move, but then build up to 2-3 sets of a move.

Don't be afraid to move on to heavier weights when you can! You will NOT bulk up. I use a range of 8-20 pound weights, and I have fabulously toned shoulders, a la Kate from Lost.

Friday, February 24, 2006, 12:54 PM

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