(Closed) Increasing Intensity?

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I started to see a big change (not pounds really, but overall toned and slimmer so clothes fit differently) when I changed my eating habits and worked out…stubborn spots I never thought would go away seemed to just melt when I gave up indulging on carbs (almost all my meals had included bread, pasta, or white rice). 

Also, I increased the resistence on the elliptical and worked harder for a longer period of time.  You should also push yourself with heavier weights (you will not get bulky)…to the point where it is super hard to do the last few reps.  It might be helpful to sign up for a few sessions with a personal trainer.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

As indecisivebride says, I think diet could make a big difference in improving tone.  I’ve always been a pretty healthy eater (low fat, few sweets or fried foods, mostly vegetarian), but I decided to try cutting out a lot of less complex carbs completely (white rice, pasta, beer).  I’ve slimmed down in areas I’ve never been able to lose weight before…so basically I’m just seconding what she said:)  Also, the pyramid style weight lifting will build tone quickly (I do decrease weight with each set, then go back and increase with each set).  It’s been a while since my arms have looked this good!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Oh, and cross training with weights while doing your cardio is a great way to build muscle tone also.  for most exercises an injury prevents me from doing the pyramid lifting with heavier weights I mentioned above, but I bring light wrist weights (2.5lbs ea) with me to the elliptical and work my upper body while I’m on it…it’s a great way to make your work out more efficient, burn extra calories, and tone your upper body.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’ve found that to get that extra push, I need an outside force.  For me that means a work-out partner that’s slightly fitter than me or a trainer.  Let’s face it, if it’s up to me, I pretty much take the easy way out!

Other things I’ve done are to sign up for something competitive.  If I know I’m going to be running a 10K or something else that will challenge me, I tend to step up to the plate.

Set yourself up for success by figuring out what motivates you and then do those things.  If you know you are taking a 100 mi bike ride, you may be more apt to do higher intensity, longer workouts (or if you are like Mr. Doctor, you just go anyway 😉

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

I set small goals for myself every workout then I try to meet or go beyond them.  If I want to burn 600 calories, I’ll try to burn 610.  If I said I’ll do 8 reps, I’ll do 10.  That way I don’t focus so much on long term while I’m working out.  But my goals are thought out at home in front of my computer using Excel and some math skills.  3500 calories = 1lb…how much do I need to do to lose 1 lb?  I do the same thing with my diet.  I try to get as close to my caloie goal as possible without going over (like The Price is Right!).  Too few calories can be as damaging as too many when you’re working hard every day!

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