Sorry if this is a repetitive question. I’ve read some posts but nothing really related to what I wanna ask... Appreciate redirections to any existing post!
I’ve been maintaining my weight for a few years now (minus the time when I was pregnant & the first 14 months postpartum) and am not logging food as seriously as in the beginning when I started using MyFitnessPal. Now I only pay more attention to the amount of protein and sugar I have; otherwise I’m eating based on how I feel. I guess I’m eating ok in terms of maintenance.
Workout routine is the part I need some help. I don’t always get access to heavy weights, and for the current situation (pandemic plus childcare), all I have are a pair of BowFlex that goes up to 54-lb per side. What I’m wondering is, for the program I’m currently using (Les Mills Body Pump) the developers said they’re based on time-under-tension, and thus medium weights are sufficient since it’s high reps. I’ve been having very small but steady progress for the weights I’m using for the past 5-6 months. It’s definitely not a lot compared to when I started 5x5 years ago, but due to the high reps and frequency of training (3x per week) I really can’t go up too much. During the days I don’t do weight it’s mainly medium impact cardio (2x a week). And maybe high impact cardio once a week depends on my condition (how I sleep).
Progress-wise, I can see a little bit gain in overall strength (carrying my toddler doesn’t seem harder just because she’s gaining weight too), and maybe some definition on torso and arms while flexing. One other main indication I use is my waist measurement. It’s down to my pre-pregnancy number while nothing change with my hip measurement (which is good. I need my butt lol).
For those who are experienced, what do you think about this type of method for recomp? Am I sugarcoating the facts and was just exercising for a goal I wouldn’t be able to achieve?
Thank you so much in advance!