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flimflam87flimflam87 Member Posts: 41 Member Member Posts: 41 Member
ISO a workout regime at my planet fitness. I do my cardio and some weight machines but I feel like I'm not getting the best from my resources. Does anyone have any suggestions or links???

About me... Just getting back into the swing of it, but not afraid to challenge myself!
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  • CherimooseCherimoose Member Posts: 5,140 Member Member Posts: 5,140 Member
    What is your goal?
    And how many days a week will you work out?
  • flimflam87flimflam87 Member Posts: 41 Member Member Posts: 41 Member
    Weight loss is my goal. In an ideal world id be there 5 times a week, but more realistically it's four days.
  • tillerstouchtillerstouch Member Posts: 608 Member Member Posts: 608 Member
    Weight loss comes from diet, so that is whats most important. Youre somewhat limited at PF because tbey dont have squat racks. Id recommend either a good dumbbell or body weight program. During weight loss you want a progressive resistance program to help retain muscle.

  • CincyNeidCincyNeid Member Posts: 1,250 Member Member Posts: 1,250 Member
    Weight loss comes from diet, so that is whats most important. Youre somewhat limited at PF because tbey dont have squat racks. Id recommend either a good dumbbell or body weight program. During weight loss you want a progressive resistance program to help retain muscle.

    My Planet Fitness has 4 squat racks .... i use them every time I go . . .

    But weight loss comes from burning more calories that you take in. Lifting builds and tones muscle.

    as far as a plan, you only have a few zones to train. Back, Core, Arms, Legs. Just mix it up. Typically I do a short warm up session on the treadmill, lift for 45-55 mins working each area equally then get on the elliptical to cool down....
  • tillerstouchtillerstouch Member Posts: 608 Member Member Posts: 608 Member
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    Weight loss comes from diet, so that is whats most important. Youre somewhat limited at PF because tbey dont have squat racks. Id recommend either a good dumbbell or body weight program. During weight loss you want a progressive resistance program to help retain muscle.

    My Planet Fitness has 4 squat racks .... i use them every time I go . . .

    But weight loss comes from burning more calories that you take in. Lifting builds and tones muscle.

    as far as a plan, you only have a few zones to train. Back, Core, Arms, Legs. Just mix it up. Typically I do a short warm up session on the treadmill, lift for 45-55 mins working each area equally then get on the elliptical to cool down....

    Some PF have them but most dont, they only have smith machines which arent really good for anything.

    Also dont just mix it up, thats terrible advice. OP get on a well established premade program that utilizes compound lifts or a bodyweight program.
  • flimflam87flimflam87 Member Posts: 41 Member Member Posts: 41 Member
    Right, yeah. So like google progressive resistance then?
  • CincyNeidCincyNeid Member Posts: 1,250 Member Member Posts: 1,250 Member
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    Weight loss comes from diet, so that is whats most important. Youre somewhat limited at PF because tbey dont have squat racks. Id recommend either a good dumbbell or body weight program. During weight loss you want a progressive resistance program to help retain muscle.

    My Planet Fitness has 4 squat racks .... i use them every time I go . . .

    But weight loss comes from burning more calories that you take in. Lifting builds and tones muscle.

    as far as a plan, you only have a few zones to train. Back, Core, Arms, Legs. Just mix it up. Typically I do a short warm up session on the treadmill, lift for 45-55 mins working each area equally then get on the elliptical to cool down....

    Some PF have them but most dont, they only have smith machines which arent really good for anything.

    Also dont just mix it up, thats terrible advice. OP get on a well established premade program that utilizes compound lifts or a bodyweight program.

    Terrible advice? I can point to more that one source from all different spectrum on why Mixing up your routine is good.
  • tillerstouchtillerstouch Member Posts: 608 Member Member Posts: 608 Member
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    Weight loss comes from diet, so that is whats most important. Youre somewhat limited at PF because tbey dont have squat racks. Id recommend either a good dumbbell or body weight program. During weight loss you want a progressive resistance program to help retain muscle.

    My Planet Fitness has 4 squat racks .... i use them every time I go . . .

    But weight loss comes from burning more calories that you take in. Lifting builds and tones muscle.

    as far as a plan, you only have a few zones to train. Back, Core, Arms, Legs. Just mix it up. Typically I do a short warm up session on the treadmill, lift for 45-55 mins working each area equally then get on the elliptical to cool down....

    Some PF have them but most dont, they only have smith machines which arent really good for anything.

    Also dont just mix it up, thats terrible advice. OP get on a well established premade program that utilizes compound lifts or a bodyweight program.

    Terrible advice? I can point to more that one source from all different spectrum on why Mixing up your routine is good.

    Yes mixing up your routine as in getting on a new plan after being on another one for a long period. But just going into the gym and doing random exercises wont be nearly as effective as following a routine.

    Besides it takes awhile for your body to adapt to a program.
  • bebeisfitbebeisfit Member Posts: 713 Member Member Posts: 713 Member
    There are tons of resources out there. The key is to pick a program and do it consistently. Look at bodybuilding.com or any fitness magazine or greatist.com for a million different ideas. Some people do a full body workout 3 x a week, others might split upper and lower body into 2 different days..that way you don't have to wait a day in between. Try and hit the major muscle groups, start out slow (don't make the mistake of doing 100 lunges your first workout.) Good luck!
  • CincyNeidCincyNeid Member Posts: 1,250 Member Member Posts: 1,250 Member
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    Weight loss comes from diet, so that is whats most important. Youre somewhat limited at PF because tbey dont have squat racks. Id recommend either a good dumbbell or body weight program. During weight loss you want a progressive resistance program to help retain muscle.

    My Planet Fitness has 4 squat racks .... i use them every time I go . . .

    But weight loss comes from burning more calories that you take in. Lifting builds and tones muscle.

    as far as a plan, you only have a few zones to train. Back, Core, Arms, Legs. Just mix it up. Typically I do a short warm up session on the treadmill, lift for 45-55 mins working each area equally then get on the elliptical to cool down....

    Some PF have them but most dont, they only have smith machines which arent really good for anything.

    Also dont just mix it up, thats terrible advice. OP get on a well established premade program that utilizes compound lifts or a bodyweight program.

    Terrible advice? I can point to more that one source from all different spectrum on why Mixing up your routine is good.

    Yes mixing up your routine as in getting on a new plan after being on another one for a long period. But just going into the gym and doing random exercises wont be nearly as effective as following a routine.

    Besides it takes awhile for your body to adapt to a program.

    *LeSigh.... I have no further comment.
    http://www.onemedical.com/blog/live-well/7-reasons-to-switch-up-your-workout/
    http://www.healthywomen.org/content/article/stay-motivated-mix-your-fitness-routine
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/dickinson24.htm
    http://www.nextavenue.org/fiftysomething-workout-why-you-need-mix-it/
    http://www.thelyonsshare.org/2013/05/15/mixing-up-your-workouts-to-maximize-your-benefits/
    http://www.active.com/articles/mix-up-your-routine-for-a-more-productive-workout
    http://www.aworkoutroutine.com/when-why-how-often-should-you-change-your-workout-routine/


    Yes Some of them personal blogs, some of them are not. But don't take my word for it. .....
  • AnvilHeadAnvilHead Member Posts: 18,543 Member Member Posts: 18,543 Member
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    Weight loss comes from diet, so that is whats most important. Youre somewhat limited at PF because tbey dont have squat racks. Id recommend either a good dumbbell or body weight program. During weight loss you want a progressive resistance program to help retain muscle.

    My Planet Fitness has 4 squat racks .... i use them every time I go . . .

    But weight loss comes from burning more calories that you take in. Lifting builds and tones muscle.

    as far as a plan, you only have a few zones to train. Back, Core, Arms, Legs. Just mix it up. Typically I do a short warm up session on the treadmill, lift for 45-55 mins working each area equally then get on the elliptical to cool down....

    Some PF have them but most dont, they only have smith machines which arent really good for anything.

    Also dont just mix it up, thats terrible advice. OP get on a well established premade program that utilizes compound lifts or a bodyweight program.

    Terrible advice? I can point to more that one source from all different spectrum on why Mixing up your routine is good.

    Yes mixing up your routine as in getting on a new plan after being on another one for a long period. But just going into the gym and doing random exercises wont be nearly as effective as following a routine.

    Besides it takes awhile for your body to adapt to a program.

    *LeSigh.... I have no further comment.
    http://www.onemedical.com/blog/live-well/7-reasons-to-switch-up-your-workout/
    http://www.healthywomen.org/content/article/stay-motivated-mix-your-fitness-routine
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/dickinson24.htm
    http://www.nextavenue.org/fiftysomething-workout-why-you-need-mix-it/
    http://www.thelyonsshare.org/2013/05/15/mixing-up-your-workouts-to-maximize-your-benefits/
    http://www.active.com/articles/mix-up-your-routine-for-a-more-productive-workout
    http://www.aworkoutroutine.com/when-why-how-often-should-you-change-your-workout-routine/


    Yes Some of them personal blogs, some of them are not. But don't take my word for it. .....

    Did you even read the aworkoutroutine.com one?:
    As I explained last time (Changing Your Workout Routine Too Often), one of the worst things you can do is change your workout routine too often.

    You don’t need to “shock your muscles” or “keep your body guessing” or do silly muscle confusion workouts or anything equally dumb. It’s a myth. You also shouldn’t be jumping from one program to the next in search of some ultimate magical routine that’s going to work unrealistically well/fast. It doesn’t exist.

    Truth is, just about every workout routine that isn’t completely terrible will work to some degree as long as you provide the time and consistency needed for it to work. If you keep changing things, that just can’t happen.

    Now, does that mean you should NEVER change your workout routine? Of course not.

    You most certainly should change things, but only when it truly makes sense to. Making a change before that point is just counterproductive.
  • BocchBocch Member Posts: 187 Member Member Posts: 187 Member
    See recent discussions for my post. Weight Training at Planet Fitness. Its only to give you an idea.
  • CincyNeidCincyNeid Member Posts: 1,250 Member Member Posts: 1,250 Member
    AnvilHead wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    Weight loss comes from diet, so that is whats most important. Youre somewhat limited at PF because tbey dont have squat racks. Id recommend either a good dumbbell or body weight program. During weight loss you want a progressive resistance program to help retain muscle.

    My Planet Fitness has 4 squat racks .... i use them every time I go . . .

    But weight loss comes from burning more calories that you take in. Lifting builds and tones muscle.

    as far as a plan, you only have a few zones to train. Back, Core, Arms, Legs. Just mix it up. Typically I do a short warm up session on the treadmill, lift for 45-55 mins working each area equally then get on the elliptical to cool down....

    Some PF have them but most dont, they only have smith machines which arent really good for anything.

    Also dont just mix it up, thats terrible advice. OP get on a well established premade program that utilizes compound lifts or a bodyweight program.

    Terrible advice? I can point to more that one source from all different spectrum on why Mixing up your routine is good.

    Yes mixing up your routine as in getting on a new plan after being on another one for a long period. But just going into the gym and doing random exercises wont be nearly as effective as following a routine.

    Besides it takes awhile for your body to adapt to a program.

    *LeSigh.... I have no further comment.
    http://www.onemedical.com/blog/live-well/7-reasons-to-switch-up-your-workout/
    http://www.healthywomen.org/content/article/stay-motivated-mix-your-fitness-routine
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/dickinson24.htm
    http://www.nextavenue.org/fiftysomething-workout-why-you-need-mix-it/
    http://www.thelyonsshare.org/2013/05/15/mixing-up-your-workouts-to-maximize-your-benefits/
    http://www.active.com/articles/mix-up-your-routine-for-a-more-productive-workout
    http://www.aworkoutroutine.com/when-why-how-often-should-you-change-your-workout-routine/


    Yes Some of them personal blogs, some of them are not. But don't take my word for it. .....

    Did you even read the aworkoutroutine.com one?:
    As I explained last time (Changing Your Workout Routine Too Often), one of the worst things you can do is change your workout routine too often.

    You don’t need to “shock your muscles” or “keep your body guessing” or do silly muscle confusion workouts or anything equally dumb. It’s a myth. You also shouldn’t be jumping from one program to the next in search of some ultimate magical routine that’s going to work unrealistically well/fast. It doesn’t exist.

    Truth is, just about every workout routine that isn’t completely terrible will work to some degree as long as you provide the time and consistency needed for it to work. If you keep changing things, that just can’t happen.

    Now, does that mean you should NEVER change your workout routine? Of course not.

    You most certainly should change things, but only when it truly makes sense to. Making a change before that point is just counterproductive.

    It's been a while. But yes. I couldn't give you an exact date. I'm some 790 days logged. I had all those links in a Google Keep memo . . .

    So on the flip side of the coin, if you're not nailed down to one workout routine, and you do something different every time you go there is no chain to break, there is no muscle confusion. There is no "guessing". Your body is use to everything so there is nothing to confuse it... for lack of better terms.


    I dunno maybe I'm different. If I did the same d*mn thing time after time after time after time after time I went to the gym I would get bored off my butt and stop going completely. And you ask the majority of the people who signed up for a gym, "why did you stop going?". You're typically going to get one of two answers. 1) No time or 2) Got Boring. And if you do the same ABC workout time after time after time after time after time I can completely understand why people get bored.
  • ryry_ryry_ Member Posts: 4,966 Member Member Posts: 4,966 Member
    AnvilHead wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    Weight loss comes from diet, so that is whats most important. Youre somewhat limited at PF because tbey dont have squat racks. Id recommend either a good dumbbell or body weight program. During weight loss you want a progressive resistance program to help retain muscle.

    My Planet Fitness has 4 squat racks .... i use them every time I go . . .

    But weight loss comes from burning more calories that you take in. Lifting builds and tones muscle.

    as far as a plan, you only have a few zones to train. Back, Core, Arms, Legs. Just mix it up. Typically I do a short warm up session on the treadmill, lift for 45-55 mins working each area equally then get on the elliptical to cool down....

    Some PF have them but most dont, they only have smith machines which arent really good for anything.

    Also dont just mix it up, thats terrible advice. OP get on a well established premade program that utilizes compound lifts or a bodyweight program.

    Terrible advice? I can point to more that one source from all different spectrum on why Mixing up your routine is good.

    Yes mixing up your routine as in getting on a new plan after being on another one for a long period. But just going into the gym and doing random exercises wont be nearly as effective as following a routine.

    Besides it takes awhile for your body to adapt to a program.

    *LeSigh.... I have no further comment.
    http://www.onemedical.com/blog/live-well/7-reasons-to-switch-up-your-workout/
    http://www.healthywomen.org/content/article/stay-motivated-mix-your-fitness-routine
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/dickinson24.htm
    http://www.nextavenue.org/fiftysomething-workout-why-you-need-mix-it/
    http://www.thelyonsshare.org/2013/05/15/mixing-up-your-workouts-to-maximize-your-benefits/
    http://www.active.com/articles/mix-up-your-routine-for-a-more-productive-workout
    http://www.aworkoutroutine.com/when-why-how-often-should-you-change-your-workout-routine/


    Yes Some of them personal blogs, some of them are not. But don't take my word for it. .....

    Did you even read the aworkoutroutine.com one?:
    As I explained last time (Changing Your Workout Routine Too Often), one of the worst things you can do is change your workout routine too often.

    You don’t need to “shock your muscles” or “keep your body guessing” or do silly muscle confusion workouts or anything equally dumb. It’s a myth. You also shouldn’t be jumping from one program to the next in search of some ultimate magical routine that’s going to work unrealistically well/fast. It doesn’t exist.

    Truth is, just about every workout routine that isn’t completely terrible will work to some degree as long as you provide the time and consistency needed for it to work. If you keep changing things, that just can’t happen.

    Now, does that mean you should NEVER change your workout routine? Of course not.

    You most certainly should change things, but only when it truly makes sense to. Making a change before that point is just counterproductive.

    Google Confusion ™
  • kwtilburykwtilbury Member Posts: 1,234 Member Member Posts: 1,234 Member
    Try a high intensity circuit routine. It will burn calories and, while not the focus, will also build strength. Your training frequency will determine the split (full body vs upper/lower vs body part).
    edited August 2016
  • FrugalMomsRock75FrugalMomsRock75 Member Posts: 710 Member Member Posts: 710 Member
    I really love the 30 minute workout! I do it the way it's SUPPOSED to be used and follow the red light/green light system. It's an awesome workout. I follow that with either some walk/jog intervals on the treadmill or some HIIT on either arc or elliptical. :)
  • flimflam87flimflam87 Member Posts: 41 Member Member Posts: 41 Member
    I really love the 30 minute workout! I do it the way it's SUPPOSED to be used and follow the red light/green light system. It's an awesome workout. I follow that with either some walk/jog intervals on the treadmill or some HIIT on either arc or elliptical. :)

    Just leaving pfit and that's just what I did! It's great for me to get started and it keeps my heart rate going!!!
  • tillerstouchtillerstouch Member Posts: 608 Member Member Posts: 608 Member
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    AnvilHead wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    Weight loss comes from diet, so that is whats most important. Youre somewhat limited at PF because tbey dont have squat racks. Id recommend either a good dumbbell or body weight program. During weight loss you want a progressive resistance program to help retain muscle.

    My Planet Fitness has 4 squat racks .... i use them every time I go . . .

    But weight loss comes from burning more calories that you take in. Lifting builds and tones muscle.

    as far as a plan, you only have a few zones to train. Back, Core, Arms, Legs. Just mix it up. Typically I do a short warm up session on the treadmill, lift for 45-55 mins working each area equally then get on the elliptical to cool down....

    Some PF have them but most dont, they only have smith machines which arent really good for anything.

    Also dont just mix it up, thats terrible advice. OP get on a well established premade program that utilizes compound lifts or a bodyweight program.

    Terrible advice? I can point to more that one source from all different spectrum on why Mixing up your routine is good.

    Yes mixing up your routine as in getting on a new plan after being on another one for a long period. But just going into the gym and doing random exercises wont be nearly as effective as following a routine.

    Besides it takes awhile for your body to adapt to a program.

    *LeSigh.... I have no further comment.
    http://www.onemedical.com/blog/live-well/7-reasons-to-switch-up-your-workout/
    http://www.healthywomen.org/content/article/stay-motivated-mix-your-fitness-routine
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/dickinson24.htm
    http://www.nextavenue.org/fiftysomething-workout-why-you-need-mix-it/
    http://www.thelyonsshare.org/2013/05/15/mixing-up-your-workouts-to-maximize-your-benefits/
    http://www.active.com/articles/mix-up-your-routine-for-a-more-productive-workout
    http://www.aworkoutroutine.com/when-why-how-often-should-you-change-your-workout-routine/


    Yes Some of them personal blogs, some of them are not. But don't take my word for it. .....

    Did you even read the aworkoutroutine.com one?:
    As I explained last time (Changing Your Workout Routine Too Often), one of the worst things you can do is change your workout routine too often.

    You don’t need to “shock your muscles” or “keep your body guessing” or do silly muscle confusion workouts or anything equally dumb. It’s a myth. You also shouldn’t be jumping from one program to the next in search of some ultimate magical routine that’s going to work unrealistically well/fast. It doesn’t exist.

    Truth is, just about every workout routine that isn’t completely terrible will work to some degree as long as you provide the time and consistency needed for it to work. If you keep changing things, that just can’t happen.

    Now, does that mean you should NEVER change your workout routine? Of course not.

    You most certainly should change things, but only when it truly makes sense to. Making a change before that point is just counterproductive.

    It's been a while. But yes. I couldn't give you an exact date. I'm some 790 days logged. I had all those links in a Google Keep memo . . .

    So on the flip side of the coin, if you're not nailed down to one workout routine, and you do something different every time you go there is no chain to break, there is no muscle confusion. There is no "guessing". Your body is use to everything so there is nothing to confuse it... for lack of better terms.


    I dunno maybe I'm different. If I did the same d*mn thing time after time after time after time after time I went to the gym I would get bored off my butt and stop going completely. And you ask the majority of the people who signed up for a gym, "why did you stop going?". You're typically going to get one of two answers. 1) No time or 2) Got Boring. And if you do the same ABC workout time after time after time after time after time I can completely understand why people get bored.

    Theres your way and theres the way where you actually see significant consistent results.
  • CincyNeidCincyNeid Member Posts: 1,250 Member Member Posts: 1,250 Member
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    AnvilHead wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    Weight loss comes from diet, so that is whats most important. Youre somewhat limited at PF because tbey dont have squat racks. Id recommend either a good dumbbell or body weight program. During weight loss you want a progressive resistance program to help retain muscle.

    My Planet Fitness has 4 squat racks .... i use them every time I go . . .

    But weight loss comes from burning more calories that you take in. Lifting builds and tones muscle.

    as far as a plan, you only have a few zones to train. Back, Core, Arms, Legs. Just mix it up. Typically I do a short warm up session on the treadmill, lift for 45-55 mins working each area equally then get on the elliptical to cool down....

    Some PF have them but most dont, they only have smith machines which arent really good for anything.

    Also dont just mix it up, thats terrible advice. OP get on a well established premade program that utilizes compound lifts or a bodyweight program.

    Terrible advice? I can point to more that one source from all different spectrum on why Mixing up your routine is good.

    Yes mixing up your routine as in getting on a new plan after being on another one for a long period. But just going into the gym and doing random exercises wont be nearly as effective as following a routine.

    Besides it takes awhile for your body to adapt to a program.

    *LeSigh.... I have no further comment.
    http://www.onemedical.com/blog/live-well/7-reasons-to-switch-up-your-workout/
    http://www.healthywomen.org/content/article/stay-motivated-mix-your-fitness-routine
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/dickinson24.htm
    http://www.nextavenue.org/fiftysomething-workout-why-you-need-mix-it/
    http://www.thelyonsshare.org/2013/05/15/mixing-up-your-workouts-to-maximize-your-benefits/
    http://www.active.com/articles/mix-up-your-routine-for-a-more-productive-workout
    http://www.aworkoutroutine.com/when-why-how-often-should-you-change-your-workout-routine/


    Yes Some of them personal blogs, some of them are not. But don't take my word for it. .....

    Did you even read the aworkoutroutine.com one?:
    As I explained last time (Changing Your Workout Routine Too Often), one of the worst things you can do is change your workout routine too often.

    You don’t need to “shock your muscles” or “keep your body guessing” or do silly muscle confusion workouts or anything equally dumb. It’s a myth. You also shouldn’t be jumping from one program to the next in search of some ultimate magical routine that’s going to work unrealistically well/fast. It doesn’t exist.

    Truth is, just about every workout routine that isn’t completely terrible will work to some degree as long as you provide the time and consistency needed for it to work. If you keep changing things, that just can’t happen.

    Now, does that mean you should NEVER change your workout routine? Of course not.

    You most certainly should change things, but only when it truly makes sense to. Making a change before that point is just counterproductive.

    It's been a while. But yes. I couldn't give you an exact date. I'm some 790 days logged. I had all those links in a Google Keep memo . . .

    So on the flip side of the coin, if you're not nailed down to one workout routine, and you do something different every time you go there is no chain to break, there is no muscle confusion. There is no "guessing". Your body is use to everything so there is nothing to confuse it... for lack of better terms.


    I dunno maybe I'm different. If I did the same d*mn thing time after time after time after time after time I went to the gym I would get bored off my butt and stop going completely. And you ask the majority of the people who signed up for a gym, "why did you stop going?". You're typically going to get one of two answers. 1) No time or 2) Got Boring. And if you do the same ABC workout time after time after time after time after time I can completely understand why people get bored.

    Theres your way and theres the way where you actually see significant consistent results.

    So I guess dropping 109 pounds in less than a year isn't results? Fair enough....
  • tillerstouchtillerstouch Member Posts: 608 Member Member Posts: 608 Member
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    AnvilHead wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    CincyNeid wrote: »
    Weight loss comes from diet, so that is whats most important. Youre somewhat limited at PF because tbey dont have squat racks. Id recommend either a good dumbbell or body weight program. During weight loss you want a progressive resistance program to help retain muscle.

    My Planet Fitness has 4 squat racks .... i use them every time I go . . .

    But weight loss comes from burning more calories that you take in. Lifting builds and tones muscle.

    as far as a plan, you only have a few zones to train. Back, Core, Arms, Legs. Just mix it up. Typically I do a short warm up session on the treadmill, lift for 45-55 mins working each area equally then get on the elliptical to cool down....

    Some PF have them but most dont, they only have smith machines which arent really good for anything.

    Also dont just mix it up, thats terrible advice. OP get on a well established premade program that utilizes compound lifts or a bodyweight program.

    Terrible advice? I can point to more that one source from all different spectrum on why Mixing up your routine is good.

    Yes mixing up your routine as in getting on a new plan after being on another one for a long period. But just going into the gym and doing random exercises wont be nearly as effective as following a routine.

    Besides it takes awhile for your body to adapt to a program.

    *LeSigh.... I have no further comment.
    http://www.onemedical.com/blog/live-well/7-reasons-to-switch-up-your-workout/
    http://www.healthywomen.org/content/article/stay-motivated-mix-your-fitness-routine
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/dickinson24.htm
    http://www.nextavenue.org/fiftysomething-workout-why-you-need-mix-it/
    http://www.thelyonsshare.org/2013/05/15/mixing-up-your-workouts-to-maximize-your-benefits/
    http://www.active.com/articles/mix-up-your-routine-for-a-more-productive-workout
    http://www.aworkoutroutine.com/when-why-how-often-should-you-change-your-workout-routine/


    Yes Some of them personal blogs, some of them are not. But don't take my word for it. .....

    Did you even read the aworkoutroutine.com one?:
    As I explained last time (Changing Your Workout Routine Too Often), one of the worst things you can do is change your workout routine too often.

    You don’t need to “shock your muscles” or “keep your body guessing” or do silly muscle confusion workouts or anything equally dumb. It’s a myth. You also shouldn’t be jumping from one program to the next in search of some ultimate magical routine that’s going to work unrealistically well/fast. It doesn’t exist.

    Truth is, just about every workout routine that isn’t completely terrible will work to some degree as long as you provide the time and consistency needed for it to work. If you keep changing things, that just can’t happen.

    Now, does that mean you should NEVER change your workout routine? Of course not.

    You most certainly should change things, but only when it truly makes sense to. Making a change before that point is just counterproductive.

    It's been a while. But yes. I couldn't give you an exact date. I'm some 790 days logged. I had all those links in a Google Keep memo . . .

    So on the flip side of the coin, if you're not nailed down to one workout routine, and you do something different every time you go there is no chain to break, there is no muscle confusion. There is no "guessing". Your body is use to everything so there is nothing to confuse it... for lack of better terms.


    I dunno maybe I'm different. If I did the same d*mn thing time after time after time after time after time I went to the gym I would get bored off my butt and stop going completely. And you ask the majority of the people who signed up for a gym, "why did you stop going?". You're typically going to get one of two answers. 1) No time or 2) Got Boring. And if you do the same ABC workout time after time after time after time after time I can completely understand why people get bored.

    Theres your way and theres the way where you actually see significant consistent results.

    So I guess dropping 109 pounds in less than a year isn't results? Fair enough....

    Weight loss has nothing to do with strength training... weight loss comes from diet. So congrats on the weight loss butnit lends zero credit to your philosophy on weight lifting.
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