Workout routine help?

  • JimJim

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    Jul 13, 2010 4:53 AM GMT
    Ok so it's been a while since I've exercised and I definitely want to get back into it. However, all my past attempts of getting fit and healthy have failed and it's most likely because I didnt have much structure to my "routine" and didn't know what to do.

    So a bit about me I'm around 6'3-4 and weigh around 210 pounds. My stomach's kind of flabby but I'm not "fat."

    So I want to lose body fat and gain some muscle, which is I guess the goal of millions of American's, but yeah.

    There just seems to be sooooooo much information out there on what to do and a lot of it seems contradictory at times.

    I know I have to do cardio, but what's best? Is it best to run early in the morning? Before/after breakfast?

    Should I eat more/ess then I usually would after cardio, if I'm trying to lose weight? What should I definitely eat? What should I avoid? Should I only eat little bits here and there continously throughout the day or have more "traditional" meals? Is it ok to give in to cravings every so often? How do you deal with the withdrawal from unhealthy food?

    How do push ups/sit ups fit into this equation? How many of these should I aim to do each day?

    How should I organize my strength training? How many days a week? Should I do full body each time or focus on certain areas each day?



    I'm sorry if it seems like I'm asking a million questions but I'm just so lost and this time around I definitely want to do things right and make sure I achieve my goals. I just need advice, and lots of it. And what better place to ask then here? =)

  • DCEric

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    Jul 13, 2010 12:19 PM GMT
    You ask all good questions. A big piece of this is figuring out what works for you, and how much fat you want to loose, and how much muscle you want to gain. Your best bet would be to hire a trainer for an hour or two who would be able to have a back and forth conversation with you. But here is what I have found:

    1) 4-6 meals a day
    2) Give in to cravings when you need to, in order to prevent you from gorging yourself. Also look for "healthier" alternatives. Like chocolate bars? Try 85% dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.
    3) As far as what to do when working out, make sure you hit all muscle groups, and push yourself.
    4) Full body vs. rotating: full body is better, but rotating is easier to fit into a busy schedule.
    5) If you are only looking to loose weight, you need to burn more calories than you eat. Now don't starve yourself, your body will try to keep you alive and prevent starving, but becoming more efficient in the way it burns calories. If you are trying to gain muscle, you are going to need to eat more, but focusing on veggies, lean protein and whole grains.

    Really you need to talk to someone one-on-one, 2 hours with a trainer will give you more clean directions than anyone on here could ever give you.
  • Geoedward

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    Jul 13, 2010 4:12 PM GMT
    DCEric,
    What do you mean when you say full body vs? I do full body three times a week. How does rotating work?
  • DCEric

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    Jul 13, 2010 4:18 PM GMT
    Geoedward saidDCEric,
    What do you mean when you say full body vs? I do full body three times a week. How does rotating work?


    You would focus on one part of your body each day. Say a day of legs, a day of chest/triceps, a day of back/biceps, a day of abs.
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    Jul 13, 2010 4:21 PM GMT
    DCEric said
    Geoedward saidDCEric,
    What do you mean when you say full body vs? I do full body three times a week. How does rotating work?


    You would focus on one part of your body each day. Say a day of legs, a day of chest/triceps, a day of back/biceps, a day of abs.


    AKA splits or splitting the routine.
  • Geoedward

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    Jul 13, 2010 5:06 PM GMT
    Thanks DCEric!
  • Geoedward

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    Jul 13, 2010 5:07 PM GMT
    Thank you also Lostboy!