Post # 1
I have been doing research trying to figure out what would be the best 30 minute workout. I read so much that weight training is overall better for you (esp when you do compound sets and supersets)then cardio. Is this a myth? So, what I’ve done in my 30 minute work out is do about 5 mins running like crazy on the treadmill to get my heart rate up then go straight into compound/ supersets on the circuits as well as free weights all for 25 minutes.
I go 4 times a week, so is it better for me to do this workout (5mins runnning, 25 mins supersets) all 4 times OR do 30 minutes cardio on day one, 30 mins weights day two, then back to cardio for day 3 and so on?
I should also mention that when I do my 30min work out doing my (5mins run, 25 mins weights) I always feel like I’m going to throw up after & during the workout (which means I’m really pushing myself & is a good thing.) But, I don’t feel that way if I only do 30mins of cardio, I’m super tired, just not sick feeling. Still I don’t know what workout is the best for ultimate weightloss?
Post # 3
Have you tried the 30 Day Shred? It’s a great combination of cardio & strength training, and it’s only 20 minutes! From what I’ve read, interval training is the best way to burn calories and fat. Jillian is very inspiring, and I always feel like I’ve had a good workout when I do this video at home. Plus the only equipment needed are a set of dumbbells and a mat.
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 4
Annie, I’m thinking a couple of things:
1) keeping your workout fresh and interesting is just as important to getting your ultimate result as the type of exercise. If you get bored of something you are less likely to do it, right?
2) In my practice, I do recommend 30 minutes of cardio, 5 days a week… not for weight loss, but for overall health. Your cardio workout does just that– works the heart, and therefore is crucial to our health and well-being. Hopefully you can get some of that cardio in even if you aren’t able to make it to the gym. My office is 8 flights up, so I take the stairs when I go up and down. If I drive in to work, I park about 1 mile away, so I’m forced to walk (briskly) every day. If I take the bus, I get off several stops early and walk the rest of the way. I make sure to take the dog for a romp everyday– so that’s more cardio. Find ways to build cardio into your life, so you don’t even have to think about it at the gym if you don’t want to.
3) Weight training is amazing for your tone and definition! Don’t forget to add a stretching exercise like pilates or yoga if you can, to lengthen and define at the same time!
4) Be careful if you really feel like throwing up during your work-outs. Pushing yourself is great and amazing, but making yourself sick is not. So know your limits and push them, but be mindful to what your body is telling you too.
5) It sounds like you are going to be in *amazing* shape for your wedding. I admire your dedication!
Post # 5
AnnieAAA: When I can only dedicate 30 minutes to fitness I like to do a super challenging interval workout where I alternate jogging and sprinting on the treadmill. I have 1 lb handweights that I carry when I run to include a little bicep workout.
The reason you feel sick when you get done with your lifting is because you have been pumping all your muscles for an hour, pushing a large amount of toxins and lactic acid into your bloodstream. You need to drink A LOT of water when you’re doing these workouts to filter it into your kidneys.
I would recommend 30 mins of cardio 3x per week and 30 min lifting 3x per week. Or just alternate days, cardio then lifting. It’s good to lift, but you shouldn’t lift the same groups two days in a row, with the exception of your abs. You also need days off when you lift to give your muscles time to heal and get stronger.
Good job on the workouts!!
Post # 6
Thank you so much ladies for all the advice! I really like the idea of doing the combo of jogging & sprinting WITH the weights in hand, great idea! Thanks for the motivation everone 🙂