Hey guys, I read this in an article in Oxygen Magazine and I found it to be interesting so I'm summarizing what I read to you guys. The article stated that if you are weight training and want to add definition and toning to your body, you should limit your cardio to 45 minutes one day a week (this is if you don't have much fat to lose) You should weight train at least 4 days a week along with one day of 45 minute cardio. It also stated that you should not over exert yourself during your cardio day, do just enough to get your heart rate up. The reason being is too much cardio doesn't allow the muscle you are attempting to build to define. Too much cardio prevents your muscles from defining and toning so that it shows!! It stated that this is why body builders and fitness models don't run or do high impact cardio. Dang I never realized that!! It stated that if you still consider yourself to have lots of fat to lose, to add two days of 45 minute cardio, but that's it! Then I read that for women you should do at least 3 sets of 8 to 12 reps of each weight training exercise you do. For example: Mondays should be focused on upper body. Tuesdays is 45 minutes of cardio, Wednesdays is legs, and thursdays is back, friday is abs and if you need an extra cardio day you can do so on Saturday, Sunday you rest. It also stated that if you are working out in a gym to look at the machines and work on every machine that is for the area that you are focusing on that day. Make sure you get in 3 sets of 8 to 15 reps per machine. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ADD MORE WEIGHT! It also stated that when your body gets used to the weights you started out with to increase your weight not your sets or reps!! I think this is fairly simple. This would explain why I have not been seeing more definition that I want. I have been defeating the purpose with all of the cardio that I have been doing!
Edited by: KEENIEBOY at: 10/26/2008 (21:29)
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