So I got my mum lifting weights. This is good news. She weighs (my guess) between 140 and 150 and says she wants fat loss (but that's my idea because she still thinks 'toned' is a real word...) I've got her doing the Rippetoe program without Power Cleans, so the program consists of Squat, Bench, Deadlift, Press, and Lat Pulldown, done three exercises per day, three days per week. I'm sure everybody's familiar with the layout, but here it is anyway: Tuesday - Squat 5x3, Bench 5x3, Deadlift 5x1 Thursday - Squat 5x3, Press 5x3, Pulldown 5x3 or 8x3 or something... Saturday - Squat 5x3, Bench 5x3, Deadlift 5x1 Tuesday - Squat 5x3, Press 5x3, Pulldown 5x3 Thursday - Squat 5x3, Bench 5x3, Deadlift 5x1 Saturday - Squat 5x3, Press 5x3, Pulldown 5x3 The lifts are moving slowly, but they're moving - Squats are around 100 pounds for the sets, and Deadlifts are close to 150. After all that stuff she'll sometimes ride the elliptical or the Concept rower for a bit. She walks everywhere she goes (she can't drive) and she's generally pretty active. Diet is good, about 2000 calories a day and she eats pretty much paleo except for once or twice each week. So she's getting protein, few carbs, good fats, fiber, and she's taking fish oil and a couple of vitamins. She's been doing this for the better part of a year now and it's a decent program overall, but the results just aren't coming. Or if they are, it's really slow. I'm trying to help her and I have to admit, I'm stumped. Is anyone familiar with this? I might be wrong, but I feel like there's something missing. More cardio? Fewer calories? More calories? More cowbell?