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I do a total body weight training class once a week. Am I just wasting my time or is there some benefit to lifting weights once a week. I am going to try to get to the class twice a week but right now one time is all that fits in my schedule. I also do running to keep up my cardio.

Thu. Jul 6, 3:27pm

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every little bit helps! You could do it more often on your own for it to be more affective.

Thursday, July 06, 2006, 3:28 PM

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Here's a link on working out once a week:

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Thursday, July 06, 2006, 3:38 PM

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OP here

Thanks for that link. I like the idea of doing the morning routine just incase you don't make it to the gym, you will have done something. I do workout 3 times a week running. However, I can only make it to the weight training class once a week. I don't feel like I am getting more definition in my arms or legs from doing this once a week. Just wondered if anyone has been successful weight training just once a week.

Thursday, July 06, 2006, 3:53 PM

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my problem was that it was so hard for me to get in that cardio that when i was in the gym all I was doing was building rock under the mud. Now that I consistantly run (6 times a week) the mud is melting away and the rock is starting to show. So I say increase your cardio and do simple muscle building activities, like push ups and coffee table dips, during comercials at home.

Thursday, July 06, 2006, 7:08 PM

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IT's IMPERATIVE to do weights.

Weights are more important than you realize. In many studies with women in their 80s with osteoporisis, research has demonstrated that women who weight train lose less bone and less muscle to weight loss than those who don't.

Muscle is protein and many dieters forget that when they do only cardio, that part of their loss can be muscle tone if they are not eating enough protein.

The body gets the protein from any source it can and that means it takes it from muscle. So...while you lose weight, you actually lose muscle and bone.

By weight training, you will not lose muscle, your weight loss might be slower or faster depending on your workouts. People like Oprah have used weight training when nothing else would work and found within two months more progress in weight loss than she'd had in the last year.

YES, weight training is IMPERATIVE. It keeps calcium in the bones and slows muscle degeneration. Without weight training along with other exercise muscles deteriorate at a 3-5% rate. With weight training even with aging, muscles lose only .2% every year. That is a huge difference and a significant difference over a decade, i.e., 30% versus 2%.

This is one reason why so many folks in their 40s look like their in ther 50s or 60s and why those who work out regularly and are in their 50s and 60s look so much younger.

Only 30% is genetics, 70% of aging is LIFESTYLE.

Friday, July 07, 2006, 9:48 AM

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Cardio BEFORE weights

You should do cardio before weights, its more effective for the muscles.

Friday, July 07, 2006, 9:49 AM

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Actually, if you're lifting heavy weights, you might want to do them before cardio so that you can maintain proper form when lifting. LIghter weights it doesn't matter so much.

Friday, July 07, 2006, 10:13 AM

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Also if you do cardio after, you work out the lactic acid that's built up in your muscles.

Friday, July 07, 2006, 10:43 AM

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IMPERATIVE -- Cardio BEFORE weights

Many studies have demonstrated it is imperative to do cardio BEFORE weights as you tear the muscles during weights and doing cardio afterwards weakens the muscles more than strenghtens them.

Friday, July 07, 2006, 11:05 AM

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Actually I have read cardio after weights too. I think you are looking at outdated material. If your muscles are tired from cardio you are not going to benefit much from a weight training workout that was not up to your full potential. I think the risk for injury is higher if you are tired.

Friday, July 07, 2006, 11:11 AM

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