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2/28/10 1:02 A

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QUINGOLD Posts: 63
2/28/10 1:01 A

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I think whatever works best for your schedule, provided you leave 48 hours between muscle groups for them to recover. If a muscle is still sore on day 2, I will usually wait another day. What works for me is to do a one-hour all body tough workout on the weekend, when I have time. Then during the week, I'll do cardio, upper body, cardio, lower body, abs & stretch.

Be sure to mix it up though - your body will quickly adapt. Try one workout with light weights and many reps (like Jillian Michael's No More Trouble Zones - don't be deceived by the 3lb light weights - my biceps were killing me!). Then switch to less reps and heavy weight (or just finish with a few heavy lifts).

For a different feel, get a 9 and/or 12lb bodybar - my shoulders were burning so bad!

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2/17/10 6:37 P

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That's how I started to, breaking it up. I'm finding on days when I'm really rushed I do just one muscle group too, works better for me that way. Sounds like you've got a plan for success! emoticon

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2/17/10 9:46 A

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If I haven't been exercising for a while, I like to start will an easier full-body workout. Then, when I'm back in the swing, I'll break it up into upper and lower body days, adding weight and exercises to fill out the same amount of time.

I haven't looked at SP Bootcamp yet. I'll have to go check it out.

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Thanks. I was already thinking of upping the weight. I just finished my ST and am really enjoying doing it every other day. I actually think I could learn to love it, doing it this way. emoticon

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KATALEEN1 Posts: 500
2/8/10 12:29 A

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Sounds like a great plan. Just switch up the DVD at the end of the month, increase the weight, change the reps. Do something to keep your body guessing.

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2/6/10 5:53 P

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I'm trying out a new approach this week, and it's causing me to be more consistent. I'm doing whole body ST every other day, rotating through Jari Love and a couple other ST DVDs I have. I'm feeling it and hoping to see results. Will keep you posted. emoticon

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2/4/10 3:01 P

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Thanks for all the input. I'm so glad to know there is no one fixed way to make it happen. You all are the best!

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2/3/10 7:26 P

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Debbie, I think it's a personal choice as long as you're doing each muscle group around 3x a week. I have also done 2x a week when life has been insane and it's all I can do. I started lifting weights about 20 years ago, long before women were common in the weight room, so I tend to be old school, but I like to do each muscle group in a single day. Just my way. I think you can do whatever works for you.

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It depends on what you have time for. I go to Curves and work everything in the 30 minutes plus do some additional crunches on the same days. I go Tues/Thurs/Sat.

The days I am not ST, I am doing cardio. Running lately.







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2/3/10 11:46 A

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I work out with my husband's trainer once/week and he has the total body each time approach.

I work out with my own girl 1-2 more times and she does the same thing, but she adds a LOT more cardio into her training...

Don't know if that's the ideal way to do it, but it works for me!



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2/3/10 11:41 A

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I do my strength training as full body either with a boot camp (like the dvd you described) or with weights and machines at the gym. I have tried it my separating the body parts and it doesn't work for me. I think I was spending less time working out. My husband splits the body up and it works for him.

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KATALEEN1 Posts: 500
2/3/10 11:25 A

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I think it is good to do both. You need to keep your body guessing. One month do a split, the next month do whole body workouts.

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2/3/10 9:20 A

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I have done it both ways and I like to split it and work on upper/lower. I like to concentrate on certain parts, but you need to find what works for you. I think they both work as long as you are consistent!

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TRABOLD8567 Posts: 4,000
2/3/10 7:39 A

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You should ideally work all muscle groups 2-3 times per week on non-consecutive days. So if your schedule or access to weight training "tools" limits the number of days you can train per week, you would probably be more consistent if you did the full body each workout. If your schedule requires you to strength train on consecutive days, you could do a 2 day split (i.e. lower on day 1 and upper on day 2)or a 3 day split to give the first muscles a day of rest and recovery.

Also, in general, the best results usually come from a program that keeps you CONSISTENT, challenged and not bored.

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2/3/10 1:07 A

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Do you think it's better to work all your muscle groups in a single day's workout or split them up throughout the week? What brings more results?

I just did a Jari Love DVD where all the muscle groups were worked in succession. I just finished SP Bootcamp, where each muscle group was worked on it own day, and it left me wondering what is better.

Is is a personal choice or does one method work better than the other? Any input?

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