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SIMONEKP
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9/10/13 1:26 P

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I would agree with the posters below, you should move the schedule around in a way that works with your schedule. I think you should focus on meeting your planned weekly calorie burn by breaking up your workouts in time allotments that work with your schedule.

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9/10/13 9:20 A

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With all that walking (assuming you're doing it at a brisk enough pace that your heart rate goes up) the C25K isn't necessary from a general health perspective; that said, I totally understand wanting to push yourself further and improve your cardiovascular health.

My first suggestion would be you move your rest day to a weekday, as you're probably busier on those days. For instance, if your yoga isn't too strenuous, you could swap your Tuesday strength training session over to Saturday.

I have a couple of questions about the yoga, though. First of all, would you qualify the type of yoga you do as a separate strength session, or is it more gentle? I ask this because if your muscles are sore the day after yoga class, you don't want to be doing strength training that day (and probably don't want to do strength training the day before, either). On the other hand, if it's more relaxation/stretching then you can fit your other workouts around it any way that suits your schedule. Moreover, if it's gentle enough it can qualify as a rest/recovery day, though you would want to experiment to make sure that you're not overtaxing your body. In that case you could leave your schedule mostly as-is but move your Thursday strength training to Saturdays. That would take out a full rest day but give you two gentle recovery days.

Given that you haven't moved your yoga around in your modified schedule, I'm assuming you're going to a class, but if you are doing it at home, how long are your sessions? Although classes tend to run at 60-90 minutes (which, including transport there/back and your 30-minute strength training is a lot of time devoted to fitness on Thursday evenings!), you can get a lot of the benefits in shorter sessions, like doing a fifteen minute practice after your cardio sessions. I've done this video after C25K before and really enjoyed it:

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Perhaps you could do a few 20-30 minute videos on weekdays and just do the Sunday class?

The schedule that you've suggested is okay, and should be fine if you're doing the cardio and strength at separate times (eg one before work and one after). It's generally not recommended you do both in the same workout, though, unless it's something like circuit training, as whichever you focus on second will suffer. One way to alleviate that might be to do strength first on Monday and cardio first on Friday.

Aaaand that was so long that two people posted in the interim :P. The tl;dr version would be that there's no perfect way to schedule your workouts but hopefully there's an idea or two in there that can help.

Edited by: YOGAGEEK at: 9/10/2013 (09:23)


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9/10/13 9:17 A

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The only thing to note is that there is a general wisdom to splitting up your cardio and strength days because if you do both on the same day, which ever routine you do second will suffer because your muscles are already tired. That being said, if the second schedule is more sustainable, then go for it because its something you're more likely to stick with.



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9/10/13 9:16 A

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I'm constantly switching up and tweaking my workout schedule to find the best fit. I find sometimes it looks better on paper than it does in execution. I'd say the only way to know if it suits your schedule better is to give it a test run.

Btw, I find switching things around every now in then helps with motivation. Even if you're doing similar workouts. It's always a bit more exciting to try out a new schedule.


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9/10/13 8:49 A

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I've been doing this for the last couple of weeks, I'm struggling to keep motivated due to how time consuming it is. I work fulltime + run a rodentry (about 3hrs of cage cleaning 2x per week). I love yoga and don't want to give that up. I also walk to/from work for 40 minutes daily from monday-friday.

Mon: 30m Cardio (c25k)
Tues: 30m Strength
Wed: 30m Cardio (c25k)
Thurs: 30m Strength & Yoga
Fri: 30m Cardio
Sat: rest
Sun: Yoga

Would it be any less beneficial to do this instead?

Mon: 30m cardio (c25k) & 30m strength
Tues: rest
Wed: 30m cardio (c25k)
Thurs: yoga
Fri: 30 min cardio (c25k) & 30m strength
Sat: rest
Sun: yoga

Thanks in advance (:



 
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