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Advice from personal trainers...

Just started up with a PT today, and he gave me a great tip I wanted to share...would love if other members using PTs would do the same!

For those bored doing cardio or having trouble with endurance, he told me to do a "triathlon approach." Five minutes elliptical or running, five minutes rowing machine, five minutes biking. He said if I do the whole thing strongly, 15 minutes is good, but if it doesnt feel like enough of a workout to just do the circuit again. I get SOO bored doing cardio and this was the fastest 15 minutes for me (and I was SWEATY afterwards...better than 45 min on the elliptical for sure!)

Mon. Jul 31, 2:18pm

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Good Idea!

I'll have to try that!

Monday, July 31, 2006, 2:30 PM

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Circuit Training

When I told my PT I was ready to start losing weight again, she switched me to circuit training. One day per week I do full body circuit training, one day I do one "major" upper body exercise, plus 2 upper body circuits and one day I do one "major" lower body exercise, plus 2 lower body circuits.

It's working!

Also (and I know expert advice on this is often different) - do your weight lifting first, then cardio. I'm trying to add muscle (increase my metabolism) and lose fat, so it makes sense to be the freshest before lifting to get the maximum effect, then do my cardio for a little extra fat burning.

Monday, July 31, 2006, 2:32 PM

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i have a short attention span when i do cardio. I love the 5 min on each machine!

Monday, July 31, 2006, 2:49 PM

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My PT sometimes puts me on the elliptical and choosed a program called "aerobic" (I think). The read-out is always giving instructions on pacing because it's always changing. In fact, everything is constantly changing (strides per minute, level, elevation, direction, etc) which I find awkward -- but it might be a good thing to try if you get bored easily. I'm guessing the bike has such a program too.

Monday, July 31, 2006, 3:00 PM

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how much does your PT cost? i am interested in this kind of personal attention, but am concerned about the costs.

Monday, July 31, 2006, 3:44 PM

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It's expensive. I belong to Washington Sports Clubs and I dont know if the NY, Boston, and Philly have the same rates. Its about $60-80 per session, buying in bulk saves you some money so it would depend. I was totally freaking out about the price but they offer $100 off the first package you purchase...and also, I am hoping the stuff I learn with him will help me to better work out on my own later.

Monday, July 31, 2006, 3:49 PM

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wow, that is expensive. but it's one of those "rewards" to save up for!! thanks for your response.

Monday, July 31, 2006, 3:57 PM

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