Just starting out - questions

  • tan90rr

    Posts: 1

    Feb 25, 2012 8:27 AM GMT
    Hey all,
    I've recently started regularly lifting weights on top of doing regular cardio, and while I've been sticking to it regularly, I have to admit I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing and could use some advice. For background, I'm 6' and 175 lbs.

    My schedule is typically one day of cardio (~60 minutes), followed by another day of cardio (~45 minutes) and then weightlifting, and then back to cardio again. Occasionally, I'll take a day off; I've been doing this for about two weeks (cardio for about six weeks). Also, I should note that I have a healthy diet and eat high protein foods after workout (e.g. skim milk, hardboiled eggs)

    I've been doing chest presses, bicep curls, tricep pushdowns, and a seated row. I've been using machines as opposed to free weights. I know there are more muscle groups I should be working, but I've seemed to have stuck with those, so that's what I'm doing for now. I've managed to actually increase the weight I've been able to lift by at least 10 lbs for what I started out on. I'm not sure if that's actual progress (seems a bit quick for two weeks) or if something else is going on?

    I guess my questions are:

    - I've been doing three sets of eight reps, increasing to ten reps, before increasing the weight level and going back down to eight reps. Is that alright? Any particular timing between sets I should stick to? Been waiting about a minute.

    - Is it possible to lose weight (fat) and gain muscle weight at the same time? I managed to drop about six pounds over the past month, but seemed to have stopped. Wondering if maybe I'm gaining muscle while losing fat?


  • kiwi_nomad

    Posts: 316

    Feb 25, 2012 10:28 PM GMT
    what are your goals? are you trying to put on weight or lose weight?
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    Feb 26, 2012 12:43 AM GMT
    If you want to be bigger and stronger, do heavier weights and less reps.
    Otherwise, to be lean/tone, lower weight, more reps. More cardio too.

    Proper nutrition goes a long way in achieving your goal.