This stuff is hard

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    Jul 01, 2008 7:08 PM GMT
    I just started working out today after not doing it in years and I feel great although very sore and realize it is not as easy as I thought it would be. I am real new at this so maybe so pointers would help me out..

    I did 40 minutes on the exercise bike split throughout the workout; I did 50 crunches , 25 leg raises, 75 sit ups, 25 push ups, 5 different machines and free weights; what is the best way to schedule your workout, is there a right way and a wrong way ??
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    Jul 01, 2008 9:05 PM GMT
    Typically you should start your workout with about 5 to 10 minutes of stretching and warm up. At the end of your free wieght workout, do your main cardio for 30 - 45 minutes.
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    Jul 01, 2008 9:33 PM GMT
    The structure of your workout really depends on your fitness goals. What makes a particular choice "right" or "wrong" depends on how effective a given routine is for you.

    Why don't you tell us a bit about what your goals are? Then we can see what advice we can offer.
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    Jul 01, 2008 10:23 PM GMT
    HighVoltageGuy saidTypically you should start your workout with about 5 to 10 minutes of stretching and warm up. At the end of your free wieght workout, do your main cardio for 30 - 45 minutes.


    Really? I normally do my cardio first. What's the reason for doing it last, or is this more of a personal preference thing?
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    Jul 01, 2008 10:42 PM GMT
    If you do your cardio before weight training, I've read and been told that your muscles are more tired, thus giving you less of an advantage when it comes to lifting. Meaning that you're not able to complete the number of sets you want nor the weight you want. Not only this, but when you do cardio after weight training, the blood and oxygen will cycle to those muscles quicker giving them more nutrition. This is the reason too as to why if you take creatine and drink a protein shake after your workout, it's better.
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    Jul 01, 2008 10:44 PM GMT
    congrats for getting back to working out. the reason you feel sore is because your body is not used to working out from years of....whatever. and to me it seems like you are starting with way too many reps of your routines. get back into it slowly or you will probably burn out.
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    Jul 01, 2008 11:03 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone for the advice -

    As far as what my goals are -

    I want to be back in the shape I was when I was younger and have a flat, hard stomach and definition in my abs and also bigger arms and some muscle in my pecs. I want to get rid of the 25-30 pounds of fat in my gut and my love handles and just be thin and toned.

    I guess looking for the best way to do this and is this possible in 6-8 months if I work at it ?
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    Jul 01, 2008 11:04 PM GMT
    Good for you that you're working out and getting into shape
    There is a right and wrong way but there's a lot of leeway in between depending on what your goals are

    generally when you're starting out you want to get a beginning full body routine
    and there's hundreds of them to choose from here on line or even on this site here
    you want to do this routine about three times a week
    Now cardio ... will be to get your metabolism up
    and to burn some of those excess calories your body has been storing up with fat
    depending on how much you wanna lose and how fast will determine how many times a week you do cardio
    and intensity...is determined by how much sweat equity you put into a workout
    you never want to get so out of breath where you cannot carry on a conversation
    those are some of the general rules
    but you'll learn as you go along
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    Jul 02, 2008 12:58 PM GMT
    HighVoltageGuy saidIf you do your cardio before weight training, I've read and been told that your muscles are more tired, thus giving you less of an advantage when it comes to lifting. Meaning that you're not able to complete the number of sets you want nor the weight you want. Not only this, but when you do cardio after weight training, the blood and oxygen will cycle to those muscles quicker giving them more nutrition. This is the reason too as to why if you take creatine and drink a protein shake after your workout, it's better.


    Hmm, good tip. I've always done it the other way, even when I was doing sports, but I will give this a try today. Thanks!