Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2013 - The Skinner Barn
I’ve been trying to get in shape for the wedding and I recently joined a gym. I’ve been going 3-4 times a week and using the elliptical for an hour each time I go. I also do ab and arm exercises. I’ve noticed, though, that people typically only use the elliptical for 30 minutes. I have to admit that I felt pretty worn out after the hour but I don’t know if that’s just because I’m new to the cardio thing.
What do you guys think?
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Nope, you’re just more of a badass than most people! Very occasionally gyms have a 30 min limit on cardio equipment if people are waiting, but if you haven’t seen a very noticeable sign, you’re fine.
Post # 4
That’s a pretty good effort! If there is a 30 min limit try 30 mins on the treadmill. It’s super good for burning calories and getting your heart pumping.
Post # 5
That’s not too much IMO! I run 5-6 days a week for about an hour and then come home and do core and lift weights for 45 minutes! Keep doing you thang girl!
Post # 6
It’s ok but you really will see more results misxing up your workout. Common is to do a “leg day” “arm day” “cardio day” “stretch day” etc. Your body does get used to certain types of excercise therefore to avoid plateauing, mixing it up will keep your body guessing.
Post # 7
I agree not to much, but I would, as other PPs suggested, change up your routine. Elipitcals are popular, but they are typically used incorrectly and provide the least amount of results. Used properly you would really only need 30 minutes on it.
Be sure you resistance is hard for you. use your arms in addition to your legs. The arm holds are not just for swinging your arms, they are for pushing and pulling. Elipitcals are good for people with bad knees. and vary the resistancec, go from very hard to moderate to catch your breath and back. If you do these things you will get a better workout than a straight one hour workout at a constant easier resistance
If you dont have bad knees you may want to consider throwing some row machine in there as well as some stair mill. (remember to only gently hold on to the sides- it makes it harder, but you burn more calories. Also stand up straight!!!)
Post # 8
Nope. I work out about 1.5hrs 6 days a week (strength 1hr and cardio 30mins after).
are you eating enough? you will probably be tired the first few days as your body adjusts to its new routine which is why its important to make sure you are eating enough.
make sure to have a snack about 30mins to an hr before you workout.
good options are a protein shake
small piece fruit with 12 almonds
rice cake with nut butter on it (preferrably natural nut butter)
Post # 9
Another suggestion to change up your routine significantly. I agree that you need to add in another weight lifting session (don’t neglect your legs- those are some big muscle groups and the more lean mass or muscle you have, the higher your metabolism will burn while at rest!).
I would do one day of all over weights (arms, legs, core) for toning, then do the elliptical the next day, then a spin class or other high intensity cardio workout, then a recovery day, then another day of all over weights. Then you have the weekend to recover or do some yoga or take a walk or whatever.
Post # 10
All depends on your intensity. If you are going really hard for an hour you may overdo it, but if it’s slow and easy then that’s ok.
Post # 11
It isn’t too much but you would probably see more results doing a shorter interval cardio workout (90 seconds slower, 30 seconds sprinting) for 20-30 minutes.
Post # 12
@FutureMrsWeston: I think that if you’re struggling to complete the workout, you’ll get bored of it really soon and start hating it. An hour is a LONG time, I won’t lie. I usually mix things up a bit.
You’d be less bored and have a far more effective workout if you did 30 min of intervals. You can find a website that explains it better than I do, but basically you do bursts of intense like 10/10 on the effort scale and then go at a less vigorous pace. You could start by doing 30 seconds of intense exercise, and then 2 minutes of less intense and then repeat that for half an hour. You can do this with any piece of cardio equipment.
Don’t get me wrong… if you’re really enjoy it, go for the hour… but in my experience it starts to get very boring and I give up altogether. That’s why I like swimming and weight lifting and walking and skipping… I mix it up a bit.
Post # 13
It’s definitely not too much, but doing the same thing every day you’re not “confusing” your muscles enough. You will plateau and not see any more definition! Switch it up girl, you will get bored eventually. Do zumba, a weight lifting class, run outside, ANYTHING. There is so much to do to get active, don’t limit yourself!
ETA: I work out 90-120 minutes per day every day, 7 days per week.
Post # 14
@FutureMrsWeston: Thats not too long at all. To keep things interesting I used to do an hour cardio but split it between 3 machines 20min each(elliptical, stairclimber and bike or treadmill). I have a trainer now so I just do what I am told haha. Definitely make sure to included strength training for all muscle groups and to really see results incorporate intreval training into the cardio portion.
Post # 15
Try running instead of using the elliptical.
I never use the elliptical, I just run for an hour
Post # 16
Well done! You are going to get some great results.
i go 4 times a week and feel strange if I don’t.