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03-03-2014, 01:57 AM
Is it better to follow a workout schedule or just do whatever at the gym? When I was going I would do 30 minutes on the treadmill or elliptical then do 30 minutes of the machines. I didn't have a set schedule. Do you all find it better to have a set schedule where you work different body parts each day etc? If you have a schedule would you mind telling me yours thanks!

03-03-2014, 07:43 AM
I dont really have a set shedule. I go to the gym 3 times a week and I do the same thing there each day that I go. I have always been quite muscular, however I am not overly "fit" so I am choosing to focus on improving that aspect, so what I do at the gym is strictly cardio. I do 20 minutes on the elliptical, 30 minutes on the bike and 20 minutes on the rowing machine. Every "other" day, I do a 30 minute session of accelerated pilates, to help strengthen my core and back muscles, as I have had a bad back for many years, and the doctor and physio suggested giving pilates a try. Hope this helps? Goodluck on your journey!

03-03-2014, 08:08 AM
I have set days for everything.

Tu, Thr and Sat I lift weights.
Wed, Fri and Sun I do aerobics.
I try to walk each and everyday, and a few times per week I squeeze a swim into the mix.

I usually exercise 2-3 times per day. I know it is a lot, but I can only drop weight when I keep moving. The diet alone only lets me to maintain.

03-03-2014, 10:24 AM
I do 3 workouts per week of strength training and interval training (an hour per workout). I stick to schedules I found in weight lifting books which change every six weeks. Before I used a schedule, I was getting nowhere on machines.

03-03-2014, 10:43 AM
I don't go to the gym but I try to vary between aerobic and strength exercises day to day.

-Everyday I start my day with chi gong.
-Monday, Wednesday and Friday I do Tonique Fitness form youtube. It's the hardest thing I do.
-Weather permitting I go for a walk every day 30-45min
-a couple of times per week I do some strength training for my arms using free weights.
-when the weather gets warmer I plan on taking up tennis again

I also wear a pedometer all day every day. It keeps me motivated to complete my 10,000steps a day.

03-03-2014, 10:51 AM
I always start and end my workouts with the treadmill. Usually it's a brisk 10-15 minutes to get my blood pumping, then I lift, then stretch/yoga, lift, stretch/yoga, and end with a short run and a moderate walk.

03-03-2014, 01:02 PM
If I don't have a schedule to follow, I'm too overwhelmed by choice and just can't figure out what to do and end up doing nothing. So, I have a rigid schedule but I do allow myself to relax it if necessary. The relaxation will be a bigger deal come summer when I will be hiking more. At the moment it looks like this:

Monday: Irish dance
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: Running (working C25K plan right now - up to 25 min for me!)
Wednesday, Friday, Sunday: Weightlifting (I do a program from the New Rules of Weightlifting for Women)

Sometimes running days are replaced with some more Irish dance. I also allow myself to switch out running for hiking, and if I need a rest day or time to fit in more hiking I drop lifting on Sunday and just lift for two days that week (Wed and Fri).

A few days have been too cold for running outside. I replace those with either a 30 min session on the rowing machine or one of the 30 day shred videos. I don't belong to a gym, so I don't have access to a treadmill or most other equipment.

Velvet bean
03-06-2014, 04:23 PM
I consider the elliptical and the treadmill to be full body workouts and honestly, I think I can do all the other exercises - like lifting weights at home. So when I go to the gym, I only do cardio for 40-50 minutes and afterwards some sit-ups and stuff like that if I have the time and feel like it. I don’t have an exact routine.

03-07-2014, 12:15 AM
Monday: Irish dance

Oh, I want to do this! :)

I like to have a plan when I go to the gym. I feel more conspicuous when I don't know what to do next. If I have a purpose, I'm more confident exercising in front of everyone else.