ANy "expert" exercisers out there have advice

  1. me and my fellow co worker are going to start working out after work. We work second shift so it will be nice, we will have the whole gym to ourselves. My question is....is it better to start doing a round on the "circuit" and then getting on the bikes and treadmills, or should you start with the bikes and treadmills and then do the machines on the circuit?? OR does it make no difference at all!?!?!? Thanks for any help!!
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Roy Fokker
    Please define: "Circuit".

    I'm assuming you're asking if you should do the amchines first and then treadmill/bike or bike/treadmill first and then hit the machines for workout?
  4. by   Roy Fokker
    My personal opuinion (and how I workout):

    - any repetitive exercise is dangerous without warming up - particularly if you're doing strength training/resistance.

    What do I do?

    I warm up. Rotate all my joints as well as I can - taking special care to rotate my "stress" joints - knee, ankle, wrist, shoulder, lower back and neck.

    Then I walk on the treadmill.

    Then jog/run. I usually do a combination -- say 6 minute walk, followed by a 6 minute jog/run. Repeat two more times (i.e. 6 walk + 6 run + 6 walk + 6 run). [You may start out lower or higher, depending on your individual needs and goals].

    By the time I'm done, I've run/walked a good 30-40 minutes. Now I do weights. I concentrate on one part of my body twice a week:
    Monday and Thursday - Chest and abs
    Tuesday and Friday - Biceps and triceps
    Wednesday and Saturday - Shoulders


    It's not a professional gym - it's just my treadmill and dumbell kit in my absement ... but I've been at it for 2 solid months and I can see definite, dramatic results For example, my suits and shirts have grown tighter around the shoulders and chest

    PS: You should check out our Healthy Living forum

    Hope this helped
  5. by   luvmy2angels
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    Please define: "Circuit".

    I'm assuming you're asking if you should do the amchines first and then treadmill/bike or bike/treadmill first and then hit the machines for workout?
    Yes, that is what I meant. Sorry, that it just we call it around here. Thanks for the advice and I will be sure to check out the other forum!! Thanks!!
  6. by   Tweety
    My trainer said to do five minutes of cardio first and then hit the circuit and do cardio afterwards. The five minutes prior warms up the body in prep for the circuit but doesn't exhaust you.

    Of course, me being me, I ignore him and do 20 minutes prior to the circuit and 20 minutes after, because my goal is 40 minutes of cardio and it bores me so much I have break it up like that.

    Good luck!
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I always stretch beforehand.
  8. by   bethin
    Definitely not an expert but here's what I do:

    Warm up

    5-10 mins on the elliptical machine

    10 mins on the treadmill

    20 mins on the bike

    After that it's weights and then I hit the pool for 30mins to an hour

    I subscribe to SELF magazine and I've read that you burn more calories jumping from one machine to the next.
    My cousin (Army) told me in basic training he was told that you burn more calories on an empty stomach. That's why they wake up recruits at 0500 for PT. Personally, I think drill instructors just want to torture them.

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