Post # 1
The other post about toning arms and seeing people’s opinions really made me think about my own workout regimen.
I am 5’6″ and about 145 lbs. I have gained weight everywhere , but I would say it’ is most noticable in my belly, arms, and back. Pre-baby I was 125 lbs and very in shape thanks to my years and years of highschool soccer/track/softball.
Now that I have had a baby I am having trouble losing that 20 lbs. Before I could lose and gain 5-10 lbs on a biweekly basis depending on my activity and eating . Now, I am guessing because of a pregnancy where I gained 70 lbs and did not work out, my metabolism has slowed and losing this weight feels like near impossible.
So my question is to all those fitness buffs out there, should I be doing something different to lose the weight the quickest possible?
I start off at the gym by doing 20 minutes on the elliptical using the cross training program ( the one that switches up the intensity every couple of minutes ). I then lift weights using the machines for about 45 minutes. I use 20-30 lbs resistance on all things related to my back and arms. and I use 50-70 lbs on leg machines. I usually do 4 reps of 15-20 depending on the difficulty I am having on the machine. I then cool down by a light 5 minute jog on the treadmill and stretching.
Any advice or words of wisdom on things to improve or things I am doing wrong?
I really wish I could afford a personal trainer but as of right I just do not have the money.
Post # 3
O and also, my Fiance told me I would see results quicker if I used the free weights instead of the machine, but I feel more comfortable on the machines and to be honest some of the body builders that hang out in the free weight section intimidate me lol.
Post # 4
I believe the free weights thing is true. Unfortunately I can only get to the gym during peak times and I’m in the same boat as you – I’m scared of the meat heads.
Post # 5
How long have you been doing that routine? I think switching things up, may be key for you to kick your plateau – meaning, your body has gotten used to the routine and may need some ‘muscle confusion’.
I’d do a day of 30 minutes on the treadmill and do intervals – like a couple minutes average speed, and then as fast as you can for a minute, and then back down and repeat. Or, playing with the incline to make yourself work harder and then back down.
Keep up the resistance work – maybe switch it up with sets of lunges, push ups and sit ups.
Also – is there anything in your diet that’s off? Make sure you are drinking enough water. Also – sleep is an overlooked element – the more sleep you can get, the better for weight loss.
Post # 6
@Anniebo: I feel the same way about the weight room! No way I’m stepping foot in there!
Post # 7
You can buy weights at a sporting goods store for pretty cheap, and then you can do free weights and not have to stand there w/ all the greasy muscle heads staring at themselves in the mirror (did you notice there’s always tons of mirrors by the weight area? Guys are obsessed with looking at themselves while they pump iron). I just have two each of 3, 5, and 9 lb dumbbells and they work for me in the comfort of my own home.
The cross training program you’re doing sounds similar to this but try straight interval training on your cardio machine of choice. Alternate 30 seconds of high-intensity with a minute or so of lower intensity.
And make sure you’re eating right. Keep a food diary if possible. All the obvious things–don’t eat more calories than you need to, don’t eat out or drink alcohol too often, don’t eat dessert every night, find healthy substitutes, etc.
I can’t even imagine gaining 70 lbs over 9 months, and I think it’s awesome that you’re committed to getting back to pre-baby weight. I’m sure it isn’t easy!
Post # 8
I was afraid of the free weights for the longest time but they really do work. I didn’t know what I needed to do or how to do it. Life was much easier staying on the machines. What I did to help get past that was booked an appointment with a trainer for 1 time. They worked with me and showed me the free weights then told me to ignore the meat heads…but I feel I can now ask some of those meat heads advise on what to do or how to use something.
Just a thought…I do see better results with free weights.
Post # 9
@Jshersh71: LOL I hope to get the courage you have and try out the weight room. I noticed 20 lbs on the machine feels WAY lighter than 20 lbs of free weight! I will check in with my gym on getting one session in with a trainer.
@Pomapoo: and yes , it was very hard, more emotionally than physically. I had always been in excellent shape, except I have always had a bad back. Well my pregnancy made my back pain excruciating, so working out was a big nono from my doctor. I tried to stay active though , I waited tables 5 days a week so I was on my feet non stop but it didn’t stop me from gaining the weight. My doctor was baffled why I kept gaining that kind of weight, I didn’t drink anything but water, 2% milk, and lemonade , I cut out all fast and fried foods and kept my diet under 2k calories a day, but it didn’t matter my body just stored everything as fat. She is 14 mo now and that 20 lbs is still hanging on , and I am determined to lose it! I did jogging and light exercise – 40 crunches a day but it still wasn’t budging so I decided it was time to join a gym , really buckle down and get something done about it.
O and the reason for the mirror is so they can make sure their using proper form hahaha.I agree with you though I think it’s more of an obsession with themselves.
: I know they are kind of scary, the ones at my gym are always groaning out their whole workout, there is actually a rule about it at my gym, but they seem to ignore it. And ya that’s what the cross training program is , it’s different intervals of intensity , switching every 30 seconds to 2 minutes.