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1/5/12 2:49 P

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Hi DP,

I am about 5-10. In 2008 I lost 50 lbs, from 235 to 185 (still my current weight as of this morning).

I did it with almost no ST whatsoever: just cardio and diet. I did not become emaciated nor lost muscle, in fact, I became very athletic. I have a spreadsheet with the exact number of minutes and which exercise for every day of that year, as well as the "extra" foods I had each day (talk about it not being a strict diet). The exercise was mostly ice skating, ski, soccer, tennis, with some jog and swim.

Good luck, and my advice is to just spend the time and effort. Whatever you do, if you put effort into it, about an hour every day, you will do alright.


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1/5/12 2:24 P

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Hey there DP! Congratulations on taking the initiative to make yourself a better person!

I agree with Michela, it's good to do some of both, and I think doing cardio each day is a good start, and that you will be doing strength training in addition to the cardio on two of the days is great. Once you get into a routine, make sure you shake it up occasionally by doing something new for a while so your body doesn't "get used to" your workout and stop responding. I'm so excited for you and your new journey into fitness!

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1/5/12 2:01 P

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Hi DP, I am not an expert but I think both plans are great whichever way you do it. I also think you can mix it up on some weeks for variety. But that you are planning on working out 5 days a week for 1 hour is awesome. You can tweak it once you get rolling and figure out what is working better for you.
I tried mixing cardio & ST a little while ago like circuit training and it kicks butt so you can combine the whole workout with both rather than doing one first and then the other.
Are you going to a gym? If so you can get an instructor to guide you the first feew days.

Good luck and hope to see you in the Divers Fitness Centre to share your workouts with us.

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1/5/12 11:53 A

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I hope this is the right forum to ask this in...

Could someone please give me some advice? I am 42 year old male and weight 291 lbs. I'm 6 foot 1 inch tall. I am trying to lose at least 5 lbs per month. I don't want to rush it so I can keep it off. Calorie range will be between 1820 - 2170 per day.

Now that the backround is done here is where I need advice. I will have an hour each day to work out 5 days a week. Would 45 min of Cardio 3 days a week and 30 min strength together with 20 min cardio on the other 2 days work? Should I just do cardio 3 days and strength 2 days without mixing the two?

I'm confused on what combination would help me achieve my goals. Please help!!

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