So youve decided to get in shape. Maybe its a New Yearsresolution, maybe its part of a weight loss plan, or maybeyou just want to feel better about yourself. Whatever your reason, a well rounded exercise routine will tone your body, help you lose weight, and increase feelings of well- being.
You may have tried working out before but became discouraged and gave up. Its not uncommon, and the reason most people stop working out is they dont seeresults, they become discouraged, loose their motivation, and simply stop. The reason they didnt see results canusually be attributed to not understanding how to design an effective exercise routine, and following a welldesigned workout routine will ensure that you see actual results.
(Terms and concepts are explained at the end of the article, along with suggestions.)
A rep, or repetition, is one complete movement through an exercise. For example, when bench-pressing, a rep consist of lowering the bar or handles to the chest and pushing out completely. A set is a group of repetitions followed by a rest of about 1 to 2 minutes.
Most everyone knows what a bench press is but many of the other exercises listed will be new to you. Ask thetrainer on duty at your gym what an exercise is and what machine you need when you are not sure. It wont take long before you become familiar with all the terms and exercises.
When a routine suggests 10 reps, the weight or resistanceshould be such that the last rep of the number suggestedis almost impossible to complete. So, for example, if you find that you still have enough strength left to complete more reps after you complete the tenth rep of a set suggesting 10, then you need to increase the weight or resistance of the exercise. The opposite is true if you cannot complete 10 reps when 10 are recommended.
Use weightlifting machines the first four weeks instead of free-weights. This will help prevent injuries and developproper form for later when you move to a more advanced routine.
Practically every muscle group is targeted in the workout routine above, and the exercises change just enough to prevent your muscles from adapting to a routine and becoming complacent. Also, you can figure about 400 to800 calories are burned during each workout session. Theamount of calories you burn when you are away from the gym will increase as well.
You will notice the adductor and abductor are listed foreach week. These two machines work stabilizer muscles (inner and outer thigh). They do not remove fat from these areas. It is not possible to reduce fat from only a specific area by working the muscles in that area. Whatthese exercises do is help prevent knee and back pain by stabilizing the knees and hips when jogging on the treadmill, which is something you will do with more intensity as you progress. Building these muscles up beforehand will ensure injury free cardio workouts.
To get the most out of your workouts, make sure you get adequate nutrition, plenty of rest, and only take endurance and strength building supplements that work. You can extend this routine past the four week mark bysimply increasing resistance or weights by 10 percent each week. The cardio aspect can be increased each week aswell by increasing yourtarget heart rate and increasing the duration.