Which Workout Routine Should I Follow?!

  • torontoguy222...

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    Feb 24, 2009 11:45 PM GMT
    Calling all fitness buffs! I need some advice here. I've been working out for awhile now, but over the past few months I haven't seen any great results (considering how hard I've been lifting). My goal is so look decently fit for the summer. It seems that while I may have put on some muscle, most of my gains are still concealed by a layer of fat.

    I've decided to incorporate a bit more cardio into my routine. Right now I don't even dedicate a single day to cardio, but instead just throw in 15 minutes or so at the end of a workout maybe twice a week.

    I've formulated two approaches here. One uses cardio days to separate my lifting days. The other keeps the 5-day lifting that I've currently got going, but adds more cardio at the end of the workouts. They'd look something like this:

    Program A:
    Day 1 - Chest/Arms
    Day 2 - Cardio (Interval Training)
    Day 3 - Legs/Abs
    Day 4 - Cardio (Endurance)
    Day 5 - Shoulders/Back

    Program B:
    Day 1 - Chest + 25-30 cardio
    Day 2 - Back
    Day 3 - Abs + cardio
    Day 4 - Legs
    Day 5 - Shoulders + cardio

    Which do you recommend to get lean and fit for summer?

    Thanks,
    Tony
  • torontoguy222...

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    Feb 25, 2009 4:48 AM GMT
    tsk! 48 views and not a single reply?! why is everyone holding back. i thought it was a pretty straightforward question lol.

    =(
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    Feb 25, 2009 5:04 AM GMT
    Neither Bud. Neither cardio workout, but, program A (if I have to choose) probably will work best. Lift, and do your HIIT. Getting lean is about being active, eating enough, and regulating your insulin response.

    Here's what I'd like you to do. I'd like you to do 20 minutes of stairs at about 60% to 80% of your target heart rate every day. I'd like you to go as hard as you can go for about 2 minutes, then rest 45 secs.. then repeat, over and over until your 20 minutes are up. You should be sweating buckets, but, not huffing. Do that for about 18 weeks. You'll be lean to the bone if you're eating enough.

    Eat. Keep your calories, up and you do that HIIT every day. The fat will come melting off of you.

    DO NOT do endless hours of cardio. Do what I told you.

    Bring your heart rate up to about 160 to 180, repeatedly, over that 20 minutes, every day.

    You'll end up lean, and in great shape, but, you GOTTA' eat if you're gonna' keep it up.

    Feel free to drink some coffee, too, or green tea, but, mostly, do your HIIT consistently and you will get lean beyond belief.

    Don't forget that the more muscle you add, the more calories you burn at rest, so it's easier to stay lean if you are more muscular. You're pretty thin now, so I wouldn't diet to heavy. You don't have much to lose.
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    Feb 25, 2009 4:26 PM GMT
    what the guy said. HIIT over endurance cardio for fat loss every time. It´s less fun (hurts more) so if your main interest is the actual feeling you get from longer cardio then stick with that, but, if you want to loose fat, HIIT is what you need.

    Also, seeing as you have reached a plateau, take a week off and then try something new. If you have been doing 5 day a week lifting then try 3 day a week, with different weights and reps. If you´ve been working circuits, try one exercise at a time etc. 3 sets of 10? Try 4 sets of 8 with less weight. Whatever. The thing that worked last month may not be the thing that will work this month. That means you have to experiment, which takes you out of the comfort zone, and there are not promises it will work. But if what you are doing now isn´t working (as well as it used to), what have you got to loose?
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    Mar 08, 2010 4:12 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidNeither Bud. Neither cardio workout, but, program A (if I have to choose) probably will work best. Lift, and do your HIIT. Getting lean is about being active, eating enough, and regulating your insulin response.

    Here's what I'd like you to do. I'd like you to do 20 minutes of stairs at about 60% to 80% of your target heart rate every day. I'd like you to go as hard as you can go for about 2 minutes, then rest 45 secs.. then repeat, over and over until your 20 minutes are up. You should be sweating buckets, but, not huffing. Do that for about 18 weeks. You'll be lean to the bone if you're eating enough.

    Eat. Keep your calories, up and you do that HIIT every day. The fat will come melting off of you.

    DO NOT do endless hours of cardio. Do what I told you.

    Bring your heart rate up to about 160 to 180, repeatedly, over that 20 minutes, every day.

    You'll end up lean, and in great shape, but, you GOTTA' eat if you're gonna' keep it up.

    Feel free to drink some coffee, too, or green tea, but, mostly, do your HIIT consistently and you will get lean beyond belief.

    Don't forget that the more muscle you add, the more calories you burn at rest, so it's easier to stay lean if you are more muscular. You're pretty thin now, so I wouldn't diet to heavy. You don't have much to lose.


    OMG! I love you chuckystud! thanks!
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    Mar 08, 2010 4:16 PM GMT
    Have you considered doing the muscle building workout plan on this site? It is working well for me, I'm on week six. I think it's pretty well designed and everything is planned out for you. Most of the days include 30 minutes of cardio so you will lose some weight while gaining some size.
  • torontoguy222...

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    Mar 20, 2010 6:54 PM GMT
    What the hell. Who revived this year old thread? I don't even remember asking this question lol.
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    Mar 22, 2010 5:37 PM GMT
    Is it possible to do an effective hiit on a treadmill?