I go to the gym 3-4 days a week and I usually combine strength and cardio because it's more convenient for me. I always do at least 30 minutes of cardio (an hour if I have time) on the treadmill, elliptical or bike, and then about 30 minutes of strength training on the weight machines.
Does your gym have staff who can show you how to use the equipment? If not, most weight machines have illustrated instructions posted on them.
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The only machines I use are cardio (bike, elliptical, treadmill). I have been working with a personal trainer and she showed me how to strength train without using machines. I usually do about half an hour of strength training (going between dumbells, medicine balls, and abs) and 30-45 mins of cardio.
I believe SP has a number of videos to demonstrate how do certain moves, which can be helpful.
Does your gym offer a free orientation or at least one session with a trainer? If so, start with that. If not, I'd recommend the book The New Rules of Weightlifting for Women by Lou Schuler.....best $10 fitness investment I ever made!
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I focus on cardio- I do thirty minutes on the elliptical and thirty on the treadmill. For strength, I take drop-in classes that incorporate (or are entirely) strength training.
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11/28/11 4:03 P
It depends on what you're looking to do. I run every day on the treadmill for at least 30 minutes. I do strength training 3 times a week; you could focus on arms one day and legs another. Is your goal to lose weight, get toned, etc? That makes a difference as well.
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I go to the gym, and don't really know which machines to do. Help!
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