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3/25/14 9:18 P

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but the bottom line is that you still need a rest day.

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3/25/14 9:10 P

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Thank you! That's good to hear, thanks for the support :)

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3/25/14 4:58 P

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I think your revised schedule is great. And yes, you can do weight-bearing and cardio on the same day. I do it, and I'm ** years old! emoticon

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3/25/14 4:32 P

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I disagree that you should drop to 2 activities, or that you can't lift weights and run in the same day. For some people it's too much, but for others, that schedule works okay. I think your revised schedule sounds better. You can always see how things go for a while and if you decide it's still too much, then you can adjust accordingly.

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3/25/14 12:46 P

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It's not that I'm unwilling to let my body rest, it's that I feel I need a change as my current schedule isn't giving me results anymore. Especially at the beginning of the C25K program, when the bulk of the time is walking rather than running, is it really that bad to add those 30 mins of cardio into my current schedule 2-3 times/week? Currently, I have little to no cardio in my routine. Some of my strength training programs are in a circuit style, so I get some cardio, but it's mostly muscular endurance rather than cardiovascular. The pilates style class is mostly body weight exercises and stretching. My contract with my trainer goes for another 2 months with 2 sessions a week, so I won't be giving up those, and I really enjoy my classes so I don't want to have to quit them either. I'll definitely be discussing options with my trainer before jumping in to anything, but now that my school year is ending, it's the perfect time for me to mix things up a bit if I can :)

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3/25/14 12:14 P

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Seems like you are unwilling to let your body rest. You are doing 3 different exercise regimens, and I would suggest dropping to 2.

If you are training with weights at the gym, then you need to rest, not go for a run, or do pilates. Weight lifting is the tearing down of muscle fiber, and you need to give it time to repair this damage, so that the muscles will grow, and get bigger.

Any 2 of these plans are enough exercise to be fit. If you want to run a 5K, then choose whether you want to do additional cardio ( pilates ), or do some weight training. Rest will do you more good than an extra 2-3 days of exercise.

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3/25/14 10:35 A

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Thanks for the replies and suggestions. The pilates classes aren't too strenuous - just some bodyweight exercises with lots of stretching. I might try doing a run on the same day as that class for a while and see how that feels. Thoughts on this adjusted schedule?

Monday - gym
Tuesday - C25K
Wednesday - gym
Thurday - C25K
Friday - rest
Saturday - C25K/pilates
Sunday - rest/pilates

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3/23/14 5:31 P

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Have you talked to your trainer about your schedule? He or she would be in a better position to guide your weekly regimen based on your goals and fitness level. And if the trainer thinks it is fine to work out 7 days a week without a rest day, get a new trainer.

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3/23/14 1:21 P

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I would just kill the Wednesday and Sunday workouts. Your plan is ambitious, but everyone's body needs recovery time.

What good is it to do the C25K if you get injured along the way? Your plan includes cardio and strength. What about some gentle yoga for flexibility?

I like to do some yoga to break up my workouts. Without variety, it becomes a chore.

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3/21/14 6:05 P

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I agree that you should take a rest day. Maybe drop to one Pilates class a week?



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3/21/14 4:49 P

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I agree that it would be better to schedule 1-2 rest days each week. If you're going to start running, you'll probably need to sacrifice something else while you're doing that, because otherwise you really don't get any rest with the schedule you're proposing. I'd probably stop the Pilates for now, or if it's not too strenuous, perhaps do the Pilates and running on the same day so that another day is completely free. You'd probably just need to experiment to see if that's too much to do both workouts on the same day.

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3/21/14 4:10 P

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That schedule is not ok, you absolutely need a rest day or 2.

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3/21/14 3:52 P

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I currently go to the gym 2x/week where I work with a trainer (focusing primarily on lifting) and do one workout (cardio/bodyweight exercises) on my own at home another day. I also go to 2 pilates type classes a week. I would really love to try the C25K program because as much as I generally despise cardio, I have always wanted to be able to run. If I were to do all three each week, my schedule would look something like this:

Monday - gym
Tuesday - C25K
Wednesday - gym
Thursday - C25K
Friday - pilates
Saturday - C25K/home workout
Sunday - pilates

Does this seem like a reasonable schedule? I don't want to overwork myself but I also need to get out of this rut and break my plateau so I feel like adding more cardio in might help and now that the weather is getting nicer, I would be able to start running outside, making it easier than having to go to the gym 3 more times each week. Thoughts?

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