(Closed) whats your gym routine?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I usually try to run outside if it’s nice enough..1-3 miles depending on how I feel. If it’s not nice out I’ll just do that on the treadmill. That is really the only cardio I do..I hate ellipticals. Then weight machines I do chest one day, then back the next, legs, shoulders, then arms. I do about 3-5 machines specifically for those parts. For legs I also do lunges and squats with dumbbells. You won’t bulk up from using weights unless you use steroids..you will just get toned..don’t be scared of weights. You actally burn a lot of calories doing it. Do a mixture of weights and cardio to get max results. I also try to workout at least 4 days a week..but I aim for 5. Good luck!

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@FutureMrs.browneyes:  Since I don’t really do “heavy” weights I try to do 4 sets of 15 for each machine I do…once it starts to get easier just increase the weight by like 5 pounds…I have been doing this for 8 months and I haven’t gotten “bulky” just more toned. Also, for abs you could do sit-ups..but try it without bending your knees and just lay your legs flat..it works your abs more..and planks are a great core workout!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

If I go alone I bring my Kindle and go for a nice long walk on the treadmill, at a quick pace with the incline as high as it will go.

If I go with someone, I go for a shorter walk (quick pace, highest incline) and then do the 12-minute ab room (Planet Fitness) and some of the arm machines.

Don’t ask me why I only use the weight machines when someone else is there.  Guess I use my gym buddy as my motivation.

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

You won’t get bulky with weights. 🙂 If you’re really interested in a routine, I’m on stage 4 of the New Rules of Lifting for Women (it’s a book) and I love it and would recommend it to anyone. It emphasizes heavy lifting and basically lays the whole plan out for you so you don’t go into the weight area thinking “Uhhhh what now?”

I do that plan 3x a week (MWF) with a 10 minute cardio burst before I start, and on Tues/Thurs/Sunday I go walking at night with my husband on the trails near our house. We average about 3-4 miles each night we go.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Biggest thing is to MIX cardio & weights. Your body will burn calories long after you finish lifting weights– and it will help you tone your arms!

I just found this blog on pinterest the other day and its great! lots of ideas & meals, etc. Seems right up your alley!

http://www.heandsheeatclean.com/2012/01/our-story.html

I work out 6 days a week (in the morning before work M-F) — The stair stepper is my best friend– best machine for weight loss by far! I then rotate my weight lifting routine between an Arm day, Leg day & Chest/Back day– each with specific exercises. I am seeing great results. Since im in the last month before my wedding i’ve also added some afternoon cardio at my Office gym– 30 minutes of inclined treadmill @ about 4mph or the ArcTrainer– which is an amazing creation in itself!!

Enjoy! let me know if you have any questions~ =)

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m on a training plan for a 10K and I’m doing The New Rules of Lifting for Women.  So if it’s a lifting trip, I do that (three times a week).  On a running day, I do my run, and usually cool down on the recumbent bike and stretch. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Generally speaking, most women lack the testosterone to really BULK up.  Even with heavy weights, you’ll build some muscle but look very toned & lean. 

Anyway- here is an ideal week for me:

Monday- Cross train (swim or cycle)

Tuesday- lift lower & upper- Lower:(3 sets of 10 of the following: dead lifts, squats, lunges, wide-leg squats) I do one entire set with no breaks between exercises, take a one minute rest, then repeat two more times. Upper:(3 sets of 10 of the following: bench, bent-over rows, upright rows, bicep curls, tricep presses.  Same thing as lower- I do all the exercises with no breaks, then a one minute break, then repeat two more times).  I do core/abs at the end, usually leg extensions or planks.  Then, I run 3 miles on the treadmill.

Wednesday- Moderate pace run, anywhere from 5-10 miles.

Thursday- Weights again, but upper only.  I run hill repeats after work.

Friday- rest

Saturday- long run.  Usually between 10 & 20 miles.

Sunday- either a recovery run (half the distance of Saturday) or cross training.  Sometimes I swing into a yoga class to stretch everything out too.

Oh, I’m marathon training, so I have a lot more running in there than I would if I weren’t preparing for a race.  I’d stick to spin class for cardio and maybe only run a few times a week depending on how your back feels.  Yoga is amazeballs, and I wish I had more time for it.  Don’t be afraid of heavy weights.  Get a trainer or other qualified gym personnel to show you proper form so you don’t get injured!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@FutureMrs.browneyes:  no prob!  Off season I do all-over heavy weights twice a week, spin class twice a week, and a run or two just to keep my legs used to it.  I have been taking it easy on the leg weights because we’ve been putting on more miles & with hill work & speed work my legs get more than their fair share of working out!

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