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Unread 09-11-2013, 10:33 PM   #1
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Workout routines

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Would anyone be willing to share their workout routines? I'm thinking of buying a home gym so I can do some major tightening up for Otakon next year. I'm 135 lbs while standing to be 5'4
For the last year and a half I've been doing 60-80 minute cardio sessions about 4-5 times a week.

There are just so many home gyms out on the market, and while I don't want to overspend in this investment, I don't want something that's not going to give me what I want - a lean tone up.
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Unread 09-12-2013, 08:37 AM   #2
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If you're getting a home gym, I would recommend a decent power rack, olympic barbell and about 100kg+ of weights. Will be cheaper and far more versatile than an all in one 'home gym'.
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Unread 09-12-2013, 11:25 AM   #3
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What Arbite said. You can do a lot with just a bar and a rack. I really wish I had the room and the money for one x.x
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Unread 09-12-2013, 01:09 PM   #4
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Weights, bodyweight exercises like pushups, planks, squats. 'Toning' is more about building muscle and losing fat. Lifting weights and such won't make you bulky unless you eat like a bodybuilder. If you're trying to build muscle, I've always been told too much cardio can hinder your progress so maybe bring it down to 45 minutes, and spend the rest on strength training? I'm not an expert but I've been doing 30-45 minutes of cardio combined with planks, squats, pushups, tricep dips and weights. I usually alternate upper and lower body for rest. I've seen far more results in the last few months than I saw back when I was doing only long periods of cardio. Everything is more defined and I actually have a bit of a waist now which makes me very happy to see. Again I'm no expert, but I've found this to work for me.
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Unread 09-16-2013, 03:11 PM   #5
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A mix of cardio and free weights work well. I prefer free weights to gym equipment due to the versatility of the free weights. PLus its a bit easier on the wallet :P
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Unread 09-18-2013, 10:31 PM   #6
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Nepheline is correct. Most women can't get big muscles without gorging themselves day and night. The female bodybuilders (the big ones) also take hormones and steroids. Women who lift along with their cardio not only build a structure to their body, but burn more fat. Muscles burn 50 calories a day per pound. Fat only burns 3-5. So adding muscle will give you fat loss "for free" while you sleep. You should definitely check out Body-for-Life. It is one of the most successful programs out there. You can pick up the book at a bookstore, or borrow it from the library, if you can't afford to buy it. It really worked for me.
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Unread 09-24-2013, 04:41 PM   #7
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weights would be the best way to go. You can do most if not all workouts from a home gym on dun bells.
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Unread 09-25-2013, 12:46 PM   #8
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I am going to go with everyone else and recommend a free weights set as well. With free weights you have to use more muscles to do the exercise and in turn get a better workout. I also recommend ditching at least two days of cardio for two days of lifting. All the amount of cardio you are doing will do for you is waste away your body. If you really want to get a nice sexy tone going on you need to lift weights.
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Unread 09-28-2013, 11:16 AM   #9
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I don't have anything but a few free weights so I can't offer advice on home gym equipment, but my favorite workouts to date are Jillian Michael's 30 day shred and Insanity. 30 Day Shred is more like a beginner's program, but it's really quick to get done when you're in a hurry/crunched for time. I've done level 3 so much I've actually memorized the intervals, so I just use a timer and get it finished within 25 minutes. The intensity of the workout is actually more important than the length, and the way she sets up the program combines cardio with weight training. And all you need is some weights and a mat.

Insanity is ... exactly what it sounds like. I could never stick through the entire 2 month program because of the time commitment involved (the first month is about 40-45 minutes per day, the second I think is at least an hour) and it's also ridiculous. However, the beauty of Insanity is that it uses your body weight for everything--no weights required. At most, you may need a mat. If you can get yourself into it, I highly recommend it.

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Unread 09-30-2013, 02:28 PM   #10
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Get a bike!

I personally would go nuts if I was stuck in one place while working out. I love my bike, when I first started biking I could only go about 2 miles but already by the next week I could go farther and farther. It's a great feeling to just grab your bike and go, and in my opinion a lot cheaper than a home gym. I'm 5'9 I weigh 150, when I began biking and concentrating on my health I weighed 180 with no muscle definition at all. After 2 months I did add a yoga workout in to my weekly routine and I love it and it's results. I've gone from hating my body to loving myself and what I can do to further improve myself and my new body.

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Unread 10-09-2013, 11:22 AM   #11
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Exercise and healthy food are very important to improve health and fitness. Eat fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, dairy products. Go for running, walking at least 30 to 45 minutes in a day. Practice push ups. bench press, chair squats, cable stretching and band resistance. It improve mood, make strong bones and muscles, boost energy, reduce joints pain, improve physical performance, improve heart functions and mental health.
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