(Closed) Which is the best regimen at the gym to lose weight and “tone up”

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
Post # 4
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper

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
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@Anniebo: I feel the same way about the weight room!  No way I’m stepping foot in there!  

Post # 7
1889 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
12 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

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.


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