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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,740
9/1/13 4:45 A

When it comes to strength training, the degree of challenge is what is important, not the duration.

You should be aiming to fatigue your muscles in 12 reps or less. Once you can get in 12 reps in a set, it is time to move to a heavier weight/more challenging exercise.

By choosing compound exercises that work several different muscles simultaneously, you can get in a workout in just a few moves.

For example, 2-3 sets of squats, and 2-3 sets of deadlifts, and you are pretty much done with your lower body in 5-10 minutes.

Planks for the core. Pushups (modified, wall or incline pushups if necessary) and pull-ups/lat pull downs/bent over dumbbell rows for the upper body, and that is pretty much a full body workout.


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PINK4YOUTOO Posts: 508
8/31/13 7:14 P

It's amazing what one day rest can do for you!

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,602
8/31/13 1:05 P

you need a rest day


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8/31/13 1:03 P

"Too much... Not enough. "

Hard to say, because "lifting" means different things to different people, ranging from mild to intense. But generally speaking, that schedule can work provided that you don't get symptoms of overtraining. Those symptoms are listed here (scroll down to #1)

CATCHPSU Posts: 320
8/31/13 12:44 P

You need a rest day, so 6 days of exercise is a good goal.

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8/31/13 12:32 P

enough = are you seeing the results you want from what you're doing now?

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8/31/13 12:18 P

Wondering about my current plan. 6 days a week is the goal. I alternate a fairly quick lifti g routine between legs and upper body... 30-45 min... With 20-30 min cardio after. Too much... Not enough.

Consistency is what is important for me. Heck. I would do 7 but it always seems something comes up.

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