12 Week Strength Training. What to do?

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    Mar 18, 2009 11:23 PM GMT
    I am on week 5 of the 12 week strength training workout. This is the first time I've made a commitment to my training. My question is ... I'll put it short and sweet ...

    There's so much shit to do! I can't manage to finish it before my body is calling it quits or before 45 minutes is up. Are you supposed to do every workout and as many reps as it says? If not where do you pick and choose your specific things to do.

    Also if your body is sore and it says to do Arms and back and your triceps and chest are sore do you tough it out or take a day break?

    Any advice would be nice. icon_biggrin.gifThanks.
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    Mar 19, 2009 12:04 AM GMT
    I'm on the 12-week Muscle Building program and sometimes I can't get through the entire workout. You should try to push yourself but if you can. Are you eating enough before you go to the gym? That's usually my problem. If you can't do the entire workout I wouldn't really worry about it. Once you get stronger you can always restart it.
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    Mar 19, 2009 12:11 AM GMT
    The strength training workout is great, but it's intense.

    Try to do as much as you can in the time you're at the gym. If you can't finish it all, don't sweat it. But next time you do that workout, push yourself to do more than you did the last time, in the same amount of time. As the program suggests too, if you can't do a workout to completion, keep doing that workout till you can.

    If you're just starting out, you'll see the benefits for sure, even if you keep doing the same workout for 4 - 6 weeks. That program changes things up a lot, and actually finishing one in the amount of time that is suggested means you have to have your strength and cardio at a decent level, which is what you really want when you're starting out.

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    Mar 19, 2009 12:12 AM GMT
    Barley12 said I am on week 5 of the 12 week strength training workout. This is the first time I've made a commitment to my training. My question is ... I'll put it short and sweet ...

    There's so much shit to do! I can't manage to finish it before my body is calling it quits or before 45 minutes is up. Are you supposed to do every workout and as many reps as it says? If not where do you pick and choose your specific things to do.

    Also if your body is sore and it says to do Arms and back and your triceps and chest are sore do you tough it out or take a day break?

    Any advice would be nice. icon_biggrin.gifThanks.


    I am currently on Week 11 of the Strength Foundation Workout. The goal is to do 3 sets of each exercise, 10-12 reps each set and using just enough weight to make you tired by the end of the set but still use good form. I've gotten to the point where I can blow through the strength training portion in 35-40 minutes then move on the cardio part of the workout. It takes getting used to but it's a great workout. Just remember not to use more weight than you can handle or you won't finish all three sets. (after week 2 there are no more optional 3rd sets) ;)
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    Mar 19, 2009 4:06 AM GMT
    UncleverName saidThe strength training workout is great, but it's intense.

    Try to do as much as you can in the time you're at the gym. If you can't finish it all, don't sweat it. But next time you do that workout, push yourself to do more than you did the last time, in the same amount of time. As the program suggests too, if you can't do a workout to completion, keep doing that workout till you can.

    If you're just starting out, you'll see the benefits for sure, even if you keep doing the same workout for 4 - 6 weeks. That program changes things up a lot, and actually finishing one in the amount of time that is suggested means you have to have your strength and cardio at a decent level, which is what you really want when you're starting out.



    Thanks for the help. It is intense.
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    Mar 19, 2009 4:07 AM GMT
    Arjay369 said
    Barley12 said I am on week 5 of the 12 week strength training workout. This is the first time I've made a commitment to my training. My question is ... I'll put it short and sweet ...

    There's so much shit to do! I can't manage to finish it before my body is calling it quits or before 45 minutes is up. Are you supposed to do every workout and as many reps as it says? If not where do you pick and choose your specific things to do.

    Also if your body is sore and it says to do Arms and back and your triceps and chest are sore do you tough it out or take a day break?

    Any advice would be nice. icon_biggrin.gifThanks.


    I am currently on Week 11 of the Strength Foundation Workout. The goal is to do 3 sets of each exercise, 10-12 reps each set and using just enough weight to make you tired by the end of the set but still use good form. I've gotten to the point where I can blow through the strength training portion in 35-40 minutes then move on the cardio part of the workout. It takes getting used to but it's a great workout. Just remember not to use more weight than you can handle or you won't finish all three sets. (after week 2 there are no more optional 3rd sets) ;)


    Yeah I try to use light weight. Maybe do heavy 1st set then go lighter as the sets progress.

    Thanks for the help.