Post # 1
I’ve slowly packed on some pounds over the last few months and want them off ASAP… definitely before the holidays roll around.
I’m back on the wagon (food-wise) and want to add something to my current ‘off’ days of exercise but can’t figure out what.
MWF I do 45 minutes of interval training (with a trainer). I want to do something on T/Th. I also walk 2 miles a day, 7 days a week. I’m looking for something high-intensity, if possible, that I can do in 30 minutes.
Post # 3
Are you doing any strength training?? I would use the time I was paying a trainer for doing work in the weight room – interval training is very easy to do on your own time. He/she should be showing you how to use the machines and how to lift free weights with proper form.
Intervals are great though!! The afterburn helps to burn extra calories for hours after. But only cardio workouts will thin you out without adding muscle. Muscle does the same thing intervals hope to accomplish, but does it 24/7, not just a few hours after a workout, so you should really be doing both.
Post # 4
Jillian Michaels 30 day shred videos are really good too and they’re 25-30 minutes long
Post # 5
Love the Jillian Michaels videos! I do them 4-5 days a week plus walk the dog several times each day. That’s plenty of exercise for me.
Post # 7
With my trainer I do this routine:
21 various exercises with a barbell with 5 pound weights
21 sit ups with a medicine ball
15 of each, then 7 of each, and then run a quarter mile. Then he gives me three more exercises (more things with the barbell that I can’t name, lateral pull down thingies, I don’t know the names!!! i can get them for you though) and I do 21 of each, 15 of each, 7 of each…and then run again. It’s quick and intense, and the 15 sets KILL…but it’s a good workout.
Post # 8
@RunnerBride13: I second this.
I do two to three miles of running on my off volleyball days and it makes a big difference….especially in the stomach region.
Post # 9
Do you have a bike? Riding can be as intense as you like. It’s great exercise and fun!
Post # 10
I agree that you need some cardio combined in with the interval training.
Post # 11
Do you have an Xbox kinect or a Wii?
I love love love the “Just Dance” series for the Kinect. You dance those songs with full effort for 30 minutes and you will feel exhausted! There is even a “just sweat” mode that tracks your calories burned.
If you don’t have the xbox/kinect hardware already it can be a bit of an investment, but there are also other kinect games, like Dance Central 1/2/3 and the Zumba! games that are great exercise and fun. Especially during the winter months when it’s too cold out to exercise outside and you don’t want to bundle up to drive to the gym.
Post # 12
Running or Cycling would be good, or maybe pick Tuesday or Thursday and do a 1-hour yoga session instead? The other day can be a rest day.