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8/27/13 10:34 A

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What you might be watching people do is a thing called 'super setting.' Its where instead of resting between each set of a particular exercise, you work a completely different muscle group. An example would be alternating sets of bench presses and squats. Or you might just be watching people use poor exercise technique. Most gyms offer 1 free PT session when you sign up so you could take advantage of that and have the trainer help you start up a strength program.

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8/27/13 10:26 A

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The general recommendation is 1-3 sets of each exercise, and 8-12 repetitions per set. So they might be doing just one set and moving on to the next exercise, or they might be doing one set of one, one set of another and then going back for a second set, etc. There are different ways you can structure the workout.

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8/27/13 10:21 A

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I signed up at the gym again after 8 years of not going and 4 kids later! I love cardio, just love it! Here's the thing. I watch people do workouts on the weight machines. Most people will move from machine to machine really fast. Like, do 15 reps and move on to the next machine and do 15 there and move on....

Is this the way to do it? Or should you do a few sets of x number of reps?

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