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p90x? The New Rules of Lifting? GroupEx Power? The Female Body Breakthrough? None of the above?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Vacation is over. School starts in 16 days. I put on 2.4 pounds over last week's vacation (which I suspect is mostly water based on what my body feels like). I went on 2 runs but didn't do any other exercise. It's definitely time for a food and exercise reboot. I'm just not sure what to do next. Hoping some of you may have input on some strength training options.

Food reboot is wicked easy. Just go back to how we usually eat at home, instead of vacation treats.

I run a 5K in 5 weeks. It's cool in the AM now so I'll probably run a 5K outside on the weekends and do treadmill workouts during the week but if it gets cool enough I might do outside runs during the day after school starts. Assuming my achilles doesn't start acting up, I think I'm in good shape there. Based on how training and the run goes, I'll decide whether to run additional runs in October and November.

I'm really up in the air about what to do for strength training/body sculpting.

I could do The Female Body Breakthrough again. I enjoyed it well enough last time and it REALLY works for me. This time I'd be doing it without ANY weight loss goal at all which might make it even more successful.

I also have The New Rules of Lifting for Women. I haven't finished reading it but it's certainly a possibility. I assume it's structure is much like TFBB - Strength training every other day, minimal cardio, eat well. Anyone have input on it? If I'm after ST 2-3x a week for no more than an hour, does this fit the bill?

And I'm thinking a bit about p90x. I don't like working out at home but I could buy the workouts for an idevice and bring it to the gym. It sounds like the workouts are time consuming and 6 days a week. I know from The Female Body Breakthrough that I don't need to workout like that to get the results I want and I definitely don't want to devote ALL my fitness time to p90x. Is there any benefit to doing selected p90x workouts mixed in with other fitness activities? Can any of them be done in 60 minutes?

I could rely on classes at the gym. With both kids having a really early start at school I can now make earlier classes at the gym which gives me the option to do all my strength training through GroupEx Power classes. There would be no 'thinking' involved. Just show up to class and do it. This seems like too much of the same thing though. I'm not sure how best to mesh this with my own workouts.

My goals right now are just to get back to my 'safe weight' (4 pounds less than where I am now), not necessarily quickly, and get my body fat back under 20%. I think that if I shed a few pounds of water this week I'll be under 21% so this isn't a huge deal.

If you were this close to your goal with no big 'event' to 'peak' for, would you kick off a program or go with a more varied fitness schedule?
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    i really enjoyed TNRoLfW. like you said - a few times a week strength training for less than an hour. that said, i got bored at a certain point and ended up going back to classes at the gym to change it up. that said, they don't have to be mutually exclusive... the bootcamp idea sounds cool, though! emoticon
    1882 days ago
    Jamie Eason's 12 week body makeover is a good one too! http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jam
    1882 days ago
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    I think I've got my answer! I just got an email. There is a 6 week bootcamp at my gym at 10:30AM. I have 2 conflicts out of 18 sessions and I might be able to work those out.
    1882 days ago
    I love the classes at the gym. I am getting ready to start a new program there. I am much more motivated to go to the gym then hit play on the DVD player.

    Perhaps talk to your trainer and see what he/she recommends for you.

    1883 days ago
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