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So, this week I have learned that I need to eat if I want to exercise. Important point, that.

I've also been experimenting with doing workouts at lunch time so I can still work out the days I want to leave work at 4 to get somewhere after work. It's not really enough - I can only manage about 25 minutes of cardio into a lunch hour once changing, showering, stretching, etc. are included, and my goal for cardio workouts is 45 minutes. It's better than nothing for those days, though, so I'm going to keep playing around to try to maximise that time for leave early days.

I've also come to the conclusion that I should at least do my cardio after weights on weight nights. I've noticed that I get a lot less out of my weight sets when I'm doing them without my trainer, mostly because I tend to tire out faster. I suspect part of this is that when I'm on my own, I have been doing cardio first. So, the new plan for weight nights is to do weights first, and then use whatever is left on cardio - some nights this may mean that I don't do as much cardio. However, the "do everything every night" plan is from when I would make at most 3 workouts a week - especially with lunchtime workouts added in, I am doing a decent job of hitting 5 per wee. I should probably be taking that into consideration when trying to figure out how to get the most out of my workouts.

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tormenta
Mar. 10th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
Have you considered turning your weights into a weight circuit? Or circuit training for lunchtimes?

(I don't know much about it, but the idea is that instead of set-rest-set, just do everything you want to do in weights, in order, with no rest in between, take a breather at the end, then go round and do your second set of everything, and then your third as applicable?)

If you get the order right you should be able to keep your heartrate up throughout....
curgoth
Mar. 10th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
I've thought about it, but my gym doesn't have a weight circuit resevred area, which means that, inevitably, I'll end up having to wait 5-10 minutes here and there for someoen else to finish with the machine I want. I've been trying to do supersets for upper body, and even then I get stuck occasionally (supersets are just doing exercise A, then immediately going to B, then brief rest, then A and B again).
grrlgoddess
Mar. 10th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC)
when i did my workout schedule at my gym, i asked them when is best to do cardio - they said without question AFTER weights. You use up all your sugar energy on the weights, and put in real weight loss energy into the cardio after the weights.

:)

curgoth
Mar. 10th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
See, the research I had done suggested that some people find it works better one way, some the other, and recommended personal experiemntation.
grrlgoddess
Mar. 10th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
*head spinning*

Here - take this herb/mineral/vitamin/mix, it will help with this.

Here - eat this food, it will help you with this.

Work out this way - it will do this. Work out that say, it will do that.

Sometimes i wish for a simpler world y'know?

~smile~

Let me know how it all works out for you!
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