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Old 01-07-2015, 04:31 PM   #1261
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A long layoff is tough to recover from - I felt like I had never worked out in my life.
I was just remarking on that to one of the staff folks at the gym today. We skipped a day over the holidays and another one yesterday because of the snow. I felt like it put me back at least a month. It's amazing how fast the atrophy sets in.
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Old 01-07-2015, 04:43 PM   #1262
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After not doing a decent workout for a couple of weeks over the holidays, I have been battling to get back to where I was. On Monday I wrote,
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Lifted 16.8 tons on my usual machines, against my better judgment. Last Friday's workout that left me very painfully sore, mad at the world because of the pain, and generally miserable all weekend, was only 15.1 tons on the same machines.
Today, I finally got back to about where I was; 18.1 tons on the same machines. I don't think I am going to be anywhere near as sore as I was over the weekend. I have only been "good sore" for the past couple of days, really no more than usual.

For me, the first workout after being away from the gym is awful even if I back off a bit, but afterwards I can increase a lot faster than usual in getting back to where I was. Thank goodness for that. I am not sure what I will feel like this coming Friday, but if necessary I can do something else at the gym. Oh, speaking of which, after lifting today I rode on the seated elliptical for a while at a low resistance setting, to cool down.
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I was just remarking on that to one of the staff folks at the gym today. We skipped a day over the holidays and another one yesterday because of the snow. I felt like it put me back at least a month. It's amazing how fast the atrophy sets in.
The good thing is that you'll regain your strength quickly, but that first workout is murder!

Power shoulder workout today. Only two exercises, but they were brutal. Explosive power using barbell presses, followed by pure power using seated dumbbell presses. Tomorrow I'll go back to two-a-days with cardio in the morning and upper body in the afternoon.
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18.6, and not sore at all for several days. After being so miserably sore last weekend, it's great to be used to my regular routine again!
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Old 01-12-2015, 11:47 AM   #1269
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Still trying to find the right balance between cardio and weight training. Doing both during the same workout session really detracts from the intensity I can dedicate to either one. I have spent some money recently on supplements - I will find out this week if they succeed in boosting my energy level.

Other than kicking butt in my upcoming half marathon, my next "big" goal is to get body fat % down from current 20% to 10-15% in time for Summer beach season.
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Still trying to find the right balance between cardio and weight training. Doing both during the same workout session really detracts from the intensity I can dedicate to either one.
Oh boy, I can sure relate to what you are saying! I can't even count the times when I have planned to do both, but after finishing one was just bushed and just couldn't put my full effort into the other.

I finally decided that no matter which I do, it's better than doing nothing. I love weight lifting but still try to fit in some cardio too.

Maybe I'll do cardio first today. Headed off for the gym shortly.
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I ALWAYS do cardio before weights. When I was in my extreme fat burning mode (on my way to losing 50 lbs) I was doing 1.5 hours of hard cardio. I was pretty much done. I would shamble over to the strength training area and do some token bicep curls and some barbell work. The only thing I did manage to achieve well was to leave my sweat all over the equipment...

This week (I leave for the gym in an hour) I am going to try 45 minutes of cardio (bike and treadmill) and then some extensive strength training.
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1.5 hours of hard cardio. I was pretty much done. I would shamble over to the strength training area and do some token bicep curls and some barbell work. The only thing I did manage to achieve well was to leave my sweat all over the equipment....
Yeah, that seems to be what most of the other women do at the gym. They do an admirable amount of cardio first and then just lean on the weight machines and talk to each other. I'm on the other end of the spectrum; I love lifting weights and do that first, and then my cardio time afterwards sometimes turns into more of a cool down than anything. So I try to do cardio first now and then.
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Weights only today. Cardio tomorrow. Then I'm going to amp up workouts through the end of March. I haven't had a physical in ten years - I plan on having one in 2015 and I want to be in shape for it.


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The best kind of cardio for me is sprinting (HIT). It also has a lot in common with resistance training in that it helps to build muscle. I have yet to get that from jogging or other slower and longer cardio type workouts.
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The best kind of cardio for me is sprinting (HIT). It also has a lot in common with resistance training in that it helps to build muscle. I have yet to get that from jogging or other slower and longer cardio type workouts.
I don't remember what it was called, but remember that thing you showed a video of, where you push a sled across the room? That seems like it would have a huge cardio component to it.

I did the exercycle today because out of all forms of cardio, I probably dislike it the least. The exercycle seems to help my knees so maybe I am getting some muscle around the knee. The Concept 2 rowing machine is a good one for building muscle, IMO, and I like that one too. I guess sometimes the slow, long type of cardio you mentioned helps with endurance instead of muscle.

Honestly I think anything that I do at the gym is better than playing couch potato. When I lift weights, I prefer to move briskly from machine to machine, and to not spend longer between sets than I spend doing a set. I don't quite do it fast enough to be circuit training, but I move right along. After 45 minutes I am done with my routine, and drenched and breathless too so I think I probably get at least *some* cardio that way. I can't really say the same for my lame cardio workouts like the exercycle today.
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Weather permitting, bicycling is my "cardio"; otherwise, walking.

It's worth remembering that resistance training is "cardio" to an extent. I usually walk 0.5-1.0 miles before hitting the machines. Yesterday, I went to the rec center for "leg day". It was damp and chilly, and even after walking for twenty minutes, I was still chilled a bit, especially my fingers.

Enter set one of leg presses, a set of eight at 210 lbs.

No longer cold...

But I use weights that are challenging. No 100 rep sets with five pounds, which is really only slightly glorified cardio.
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Workout today will be similar to yesterday - 10 mile bike (moderate hill), 3 mile run (treadmill), then weight training. Yesterday was arms, back, abs...today shoulders, chest, triceps...

Will keep this up till Friday - weekend is recovery time.
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3 sets trx rows
3 sets 17.5 lb curls
3 sets 135 lb lat pulls
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3 sets trx reverse flys
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5 sets of 20 bent over back flyes with dumbbells (40 pounds)
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