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Turn up your tunes is contrary to the advice I received. The ear is a delicate organ. Be careful! I already have ringing in the ear. You really don't want it.
When I use the elliptical at the gym, I always use a variable resistance program. It has 12 segments, so I set the timer to 24 minutes - each segment is 2 minutes. Then to add variety, I do 2 minutes forward, then the next 2 min segment is done moving my legs backwards. This not only ups the resistance, but it works different muscles. Going backwards on the elliptical is a lot harder, especially with the added resistance. When I finish the 24 minutes, I do 5 minutes of cooldown, then move over to the treadmill. Every other session, I add the weight machines.
I liked most of these suggestions and I always listen to music when I work out, but the advice to turn the music up may be motivating it will be harmful to your hearing. I actually set a maximum volume on my ipod with my computer in itunes so that I am not tempted to turn my ipod up too loud. Particularly with the in ear headphones that come with an ipod it is very easy to listen too loud and damage your hearing.
I have done some interval training at the club - and it really makes a difference. I cannot "run" on the treadmill like some of those younger gals, but I can definitely speed it up in intervals. Great article!!
Thank you for this great article. After I read it, I went to the gym and tried interval training on the Elliptical Trainer. I warmed-up for 5-minutes, then I did 1 minute at a very fast pace, then did 3 minutes at a more casual pace. I did this for 25 minutes! It was great! I have been doing the Elliptical for a few months now and today was by fat the best workout I had on it!
Another one to save to my "Favorites." Thanks!
Thanks for an interesting article, I will give the 2-4 count a try later today!
Really enjoyed this article. I workout at home and can easily see how I can add in the super sets and the music!
Now I know why... I do a circuit training video put out by Crunch called CardioSculpt. They use both the 2-4, and the superset, without labeling them or giving the reason why. Now I know!
The 2-4 count and supersets are new ideas for me and I can't wait to try them. Thanks, Jason!
Awesome article!!!! Full of gold nugget info :)
Loved the articles do all the stuff myself- most people looking at my before photos will agree.. There is much more behind the scenes to learn- also supersetting can be done at any stage- it is again about tumbling weight we can keep form correct at..
I do heavy sets and drop sets- people look at me and wonder- I look at before and efter photos.. I see change all the time..
There's a couple things that don't seem right here.
You should lift weights fast, and lower slowly.
Supersets should be reserved for advanced training only.
For a beginner/intermediate person lifting wieghts, one set per muscle group is enough.
Doing more than this could lead to injury or reduced results
turning up my music to something really loud and fast paced helps me a lot when doing weights, didnt know aboutt he 2-4 count, i knew it was supposed to an even paced so u didnt strain ur muscles, but that clears it up!
That was so useful - and inspirational! Never really utilized the 2-4 but will be doing that now. Thanks!
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