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Today's Workout:

Treadmill for 10 minutes to warm up. Started at 3.1mph and increased to 3.5mph.
Stretches: I forgot to stretch
20 preacher curls with 35 pounds
20 tricep something or others
20 abdominal crunches with 45 pounds resistance.
20 rotary twists each side with 40 pounds resistance.
10 preacher curls with 25 pounds, palms up
10 preacher curls with 25 pounds, palms down
30 minutes on the elliptical trainer, heart rate peaked at 153bpm. HR target at my age/weight is 130bpm.
10 preacher curls with 55 pounds.
Stretches for back, hamstrings and quads
Treadmill for 10 minutes to cool down. Started at 3.0mph, decreased to 2.5mph.
Shower and back to work (after getting dressed)
Time 1 hour and 25 minutes.

Again, please feel free to offer any suggestions for a better/more productive workout.

Date: 2004-11-15 02:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You did biceps, triceps and abs and a good solid 30 minutes of cardio! fantastic!

have you thought about alternating body parts a bit? chest and shoulders + cardio next time, then legs, back and butt (no cardio) the following session?

If you rotate through your whole body and get several good consistent 20-30 minute cardio sessions in as well, you will see excellent all around results.

Forgive me if you've already posted about splitting up bodyparts. My mind is kind of mushy these days. : )

Date: 2004-11-15 05:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Truthfully, until yesterday I didn't give much thought to splitting up body parts. You did not miss any posts. I would kind of like to do cardio as often as possible. Would cardio, biceps, triceps abs, then cardio, chest back, legs, butt, then repeat, keeping cardio as a constant work? Or, perhaps make cardio and abs a constant?

I am working out just about every other day when aI am not out of town. Weekend are currently problematic only because we are doing so much renovation these days.

Doesn't renovation suck?

Date: 2004-11-16 06:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Honey, don't forget to stretch. If you pull something it will set your workout back more than your bad, type A self will be able to handle.

Date: 2004-11-16 08:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Bill, doing cardio on the same day that you do legs is pretty difficult UNLESS you do your cardio on a rowing machine. Even then, it's a challenge. Working legs in a systematic, well-rounded way leaves them exhausted, so piling leg-based cardio on top of a legs workout is not a good idea.

I totally understand your desire to do cardio every time; if you have enough workout time you can do it, as long as you do arms-based cardio on your leg days. However, doing legs and butt burns *alot* of calories, so you might just consider dropping cardio on those days.

Date: 2004-11-17 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have to dispute, then wholeheartedly agree here.

I do cardio on my legs day and don't find it toooo much of a challenge. I do cardio first, followed by weights, which almost no one else does. (My body and brain are funky in a way that makes cardio first work for me.) Of course, doing cardio and weights will almost also mean you do lower weight. It's a trade off.

My whole-hearted agreement with the statement "doing legs and butt burns *alot* of calories". I think people often thiink of cardio as the way to burn fat and weights as the way to tone, but it's not that simple. Weights wwill help take the weight off as well, both by burning calories through hard work and because as you gain muscle mass you'll change your metabolism bit by bit.

Date: 2004-11-15 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I forgot to change the peak heart rate from 153 to 135. I took [ profile] giffen's advice on lowering the HR and going for a longer time. I increased the time from 20 minutes to 30 minutes.

I am impatient for results! I want my fitness level to work faster. I am trying not to be a "Type A" about this, but, I know what I was capable of in my long, long forgotten youth, and I want it back, NOW.

I will be thonking about doing my workouts early in the morning so I can have more time, maybe up to two hours. Workouts can be slower, or less rushed, and more thorough.

Getting buffer and buffer,


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