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6/4/13 5:12 P

Thank you for the help everyone, and the linked articles! They were a good read and will be a really good starting point for me.

6/3/13 8:51 P

i started the 28 day bootcamp on is strength training and cardio

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6/3/13 8:08 P

Firstly, welcome.

ST works through creating microscopic tears in the muscle fibers, which then grow back stronger. But it takes time for this to happen, so most experts recommend resting 48 hours between ST sessions (it is fine to do cardio in the meantime). Realistically, this implies 2-3 times per week.

Key concepts in ST are reps, and sets. A rep (repetition) is an individual exercise, incorporating the 'up' and 'down' movement. A set is a continual sequence of sets.

Intensity matters for ST, and you should be aiming to genuine challenge your muscles, and fatigue them with 8-12 reps with every set. Fatigue means you feel you cannot do another rep with the correct form. If you start having to jerk, lean, recruit other muscles to assist, etc, then you have reached the point of fatigue. And once you can do 12+ reps of an exercise, it is time to move up to a heavier weight/more challenging exercise. Although when starting out, you may want to go slightly lighter at 12-15 reps to learn the correct form.

You should be aiming at 2-3 sets of 8-12 reps, 2-3 times per week. You should also be aiming to work most of the major muscles in your body with each workout. Choosing compound exercises that work several different muscles simultaneously should enable you to get an all-body workout in just a few moves. An example of a compound based routine would be:
* squats/lunges
* deadlifts
* planks
* pushups (modified, wall or incline pushups if necessary)
* pull-ups/lat pull downs/bent over dumbbell rows

Demos of these exercises (and many others) can be found at

'How long' isn't really a major factor in strength training - what matters is 'how challenging'. But realistically speaking, an all-body routine is going to take 20-40 minutes.


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6/3/13 7:54 P

SP has some great articles that help introduce you to strength training, and this is a good place to start:

KRISTAVB SparkPoints: (100)
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6/3/13 7:00 P

Hi everyone!
This is my first day on SP. I very recently started the slow journey towards not just losing weight (which I have successfully done in the past before putting it back on), but this time also getting in shape as well. Right now I'm using a stationary bike six days a week - twice a day, for 15-30 minutes per time. I try to keep my intensity at a minimum of 16.5 mph, up to about 22mph, and I increase the resistance of the bike as I go.

I know though that if I want to start toning and adding muscle I will need to add some strength training and I literally know nothing about this. I am not sure where to start or what a good resource would be to look into learning more. I was wondering if anyone could maybe point me in the right direction of how I could begin to incorporate this into my workout routine? How long, what to do, how often, etc.... Thank you so much!

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