As for me, it's very simple.
- Lower body
- Upper body
&& I'd do ab exercises both times
&& I don't do TONS of different exercises during either of my body part workouts.
How do you guys work out? Do you guys divide your work out schedule into those 2 broad body parts like how I do it, or even more specific?
And.... what's best?
I break my down w/ my trainer and do different body parts.
Bi's and Tri's
All are completed each session w/ abs as well as cardio.
Original Post by floggingsully:
Original Post by sooji:
And.... what's best?
Best for what?
I had 15 different cliche jokes typed out but it's just getting old
do you train only ONE of those 4 body parts you've mentioned when u hit the gym? or are you saying that you include ALL 4 of them every time you hit the gym?
Best for... improving your body, growing muscles, yadayada~
I train one body part and divide it up into different days. There is no way I would be able to properly train all those different body areas w/ the workout I do. On each day when I go to the gym, I do ONE body part and 45 min cardio as well as about 125 crunches.
ahhh... I understand now, thanks !
How many different work outs do you do for each body part? Approx?
4-5 different exercises/machines/free weights on each body part
Four sets of 15-25 reps depending upon the exercise and the body part.
I work as many muscle groups as possible during one exercise & don't bother with dividing my body in parts. That said, my current goal is focused on strength gains. Only 7 exercises make up my routines:
barbell squats (full depth, meaning my hips are lower than the patella at the bottom of the movement), double dumbbell bench presses, barbell deadlifts (205 lbs. for 5 reps, wuhoo!), barbell overhead presses, power cleans, dips, & weighted pull-ups.
I have found that it varies. I like to develop a routine and then switch it up. If I remain on the same routine, I will hit a plateau (body doesn't want to respond). So I may begin with cardio, and end with weight training, and visa versa. During weight training, I may do a combination of biceps and triceps with 3 exercises each. Then next time I may just perform 4 exercises on one muscle group for instance shoulders, trying to attack every angle. Make sure to view the diagrams on the resistance machines, they may help you to identify the muscles as well.
I hope this helps :-)
I do full body when I am committed to doing strength training. (Right now my mind is rebelling.) Why do a isolation exercise when you can do compound moves and exercise more body parts all at once. Such as squats, dead lifts, lunges, bench presses, dips, ect. I'm no expert at this, but I've been doing this for a couple of years and I can get results with 30 minutes of work out 3 days a week. I then do cardio afterwards or on my non-weight days.
Long long time ago, I used to work out my ENTIRE body during one workout.
But then I realized that by doing so, I was not able to do many exercises for separate parts of my body, so now, I simply split my body into 2: lower body & upper body. I think I'm doing "all right" since I still get sore most of the time after my workouts
But one thing is.... I ALWAYS do cardio AFTER lifting weights, because I've heard that lifting weights after cardio, will make it harder for you to lift weights. I've also heard that lifting weights after cardio may deteriorate your muscles, because of overworking them.
actually sooji, my love ;) lol, you should do cardio before weight-training because it warms up your muscles, allowing them to better contract. if you want, you could split up the routine so that you do like half cardio before weights and then the rest of your cardio after weights so you don't get too tired.
tehsina - there is a difference between doing cardio and warming up. Yes, warm up before lifting. But cardio should be more intense than your warm up, and preferably shouldn't precede lifting.
a warm-up consists of a movement that raises your heart-rate as does cardiovascular exercise, which essentially means they are the same thing. your idea of a warm-up may be 10 minutes of your preferred activity, or whatever duration you normally do. a lot of people combine their cardiovascular component of exercise with their warm up. you also need to warm up before you engage in your cardio work out for at least 5 minutes as well.
depending on the person, you can do cardiovascular exercise for as long as you feel you can before strength training. i am able to do one hour of cardiovascular exercise before i start my strength training regime. it's all about how much you can endure personally, depending on fitness goals, what you ate before your workout, the levels of glucose and glycogen in your body at the time of your workout etc. i'm not sure where you got the idea that cardiovascular exercise shouldn't precede weight lifting, because cardiovascular exercise is warming up.
I beat cardboard boxes with iron pipes twice my height. Now THERE is a full body workout X). (It's just my inventive way of breaking cardboard down at work).
I don't think I've ever really separated it beyond "Weight lifting" and "Running/Walking" because when I'm engaged in a martial arts class or practice, I use my whole body.
- hello my dear loverrrrr what you wrote about having to do cardio before workout is actually.... confusing to me.... because I've been hearing that doing too much/intense cardio before lifting weights will exhaust your muscles and make you too tired. && your muscles won't "excel" or give its best.
Long long time ago (anorexic days), I used to do cardio first. I did cardio for hours. Then lifted weights. I think it made my body so tiring.
Warming up could be considered "cardio," but I think "cardio" is more for..... when your goal is to burn calories, not just warm/loosen up your muscles. 5 mins is sufficient for warming up. but for cardio, you should do more than 30 mins.
Doing long, intense cardio before lifting weights would make you pretty tired, don't you think???
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sooji - all good points ;)
It depends on who you are and whether you're training for something specific - if you're a sprinter, speed skater or endurance runner you'd do cardio first and then weights because the cardio training is your most important sport-specific workout.
For the rest of us, it works better to do weights first and then cardio - weights mobilise free fatty acids in the bloodstream and doing a bit of cardio afterwards helps burn them off.
But it's still entirely a function of your priorities - if you're no longer dieting per se but you're training for a 10K or marathon instead, you'd do the cardio first and then weights, everyone else does weights then cardio.
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i understand what you mean, which is why doing hours of intensive cardio will most likely exhaust you. i can do one hour and i feel fine. like melkor said, it depends on who you are and whether you're training for something specific. so if you find that you're getting exhausted with some cardio before weights, split up your workouts so that on days that you do weights, you warm up for about 5-10 minutes at least and on days that you do cardio, you just complete your cardio routine. that's just a suggestion, in the end it's up to you because it's your body! =)