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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,689
9/16/13 5:48 P

The previous posters have given you some good advice. I just wanted to add that you should be very careful with kettlebell workouts, especially if you're a beginner. Because the risk of injury is high with this type of workout, I would recommend starting with a certified instructor who can advise you on proper form to prevent getting hurt.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

SITTY89 Posts: 2
9/16/13 1:08 P

Thanks Candace. Kettlebells are an awesome mix of both...so I am confident I'll get the cardio. Plus, on non weight days, was figuring i'd walk or do something else like that. Just really looking to make sure I have balance in the weight training.

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9/16/13 1:07 P

SITTY89,

When it comes to losing weight, what matters most is what we eat. good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit. In short, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. If you want to take the weight off and keep it off, you have to eat right and watch your portions.

As far as exercise, don't try to do too much too soon. You want to slowly ease into a routine so that your exercise will become just that, a routine. While it is important to set goals, those goals should be reasonable as well as achievable. Too many people set fitness goals that end up causing injuries. And when a person is injured, they get discouraged and start eating again.

That's why it's important to slowly ease into a regular routine. Don't try to do the kettlebell workout twice a week if you're not going to keep it up. Start with once a week along with a daily walk. Walking is wonderful cardiovascular exercise. There are members who will tell you how they lost 100+ pounds just by walking and watching what they ate.

You definitely want a good mix of strength and cardio, but you need to start slowly too. If you're not used to working out every day, start out with 2-3 times a week. And unless you have a medical issue that keeps you from walking, take a daily walk.



CANDACEMM Posts: 1,204
9/16/13 12:01 P

A mix of cardio and strength training is ideal. You really need BOTH.

SITTY89 Posts: 2
9/16/13 10:26 A

Hello everyone! I was hoping to get some advice.

I am going to finally get off my lazy bum and start working out. I have a kettlebell dvd set that I really want to get in to, but I don't necessarily want to do it 3 days a week. At the moment, I am thinking about doing the kettlebells Monday and Friday, and going to our club's fitness room on Wednesdays to do some upper body and cardio. Does that make sense? I want to have some variance in my workouts so I don't get bored with the same stuff. What has worked for you all?

I'm starting out easy-ish...got about 100lbs to lose. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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