Exercise! - Fitness Advice/routine recommendations

10-04-2006, 03:54 PM
I just joined a 24 fitness center and plan to work out at least 4 x a week there and use my treadmill at home for light cardio on off days.

I will be working out on my lunch break so I can only work out for 50 minutes. The trainer I met with today said I should do cardio 2 times a week and then a wt/cardio mix the other 2 days.

Today was a my first workout and the machines that I like are the Eliptical - the leg press and the pull-up/dip machine. Will I be getting a workout that I can loose wt and build muscle with if I use: the eliptical for 30 minutes (i only walk 1 mile in 20 minutes:^: ) and then the dip/leg press machines? Or do I really have to use ALL the wt machines at the gym?


10-04-2006, 04:14 PM
Well I wouldn't suggest you just stick to machines that you like. I'm kind of surprised that the personal trainer didn't give you a better idea of how you can use weights to your advantage.

What I'd suggest is doing some kind of split. So maybe do upper body one day and lower body another day and a mix of different muscle groups. So for upper body, I'd suggest chest, back, triceps, biceps and shoulders. Then lower body I'd suggest calves, hamstrings, quadriceps and abs.

You can find out a split that works best for you and people generally find their own routine after a while.