Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Workout Routine

I am by no means any kind of fitness expert, but my workouts have left me feeling pretty good. I have no idea if I've lost any weight or anything, as that's not my focus right now. I am trying to build lean muscle mass because the more muscle mass you have, the more fat your body can burn. Magic. Anywho, here's what I've been doing on my trips to the gym lately. What have you been doing?

Warm-Up: 15 minutes or so on treadmill, walking at a steady pace (about 2.5 or 3 on the treadmill settings) with an incline of 3 to 3.5.

For my purposes, a set is 15 reps. On the various machines 24-hour fitness has to offer, I do these exercises usually on weight level 3, which is about 15 - 20 pounds, I think. I don't get every thing in to every workout, but this is a loose plan.

2 or 3 sets of crunches
4 sets of side crunches (2 on each side, for a total of 4 sets)

2 or 3 sets of inner thigh machine
2 or 3 sets of outer thigh machine
2 sets on the leg press
Sometimes depending on what machines are available, I'll do a set or 2 on the quad extension machine or the calf extension machine instead of that 3rd set of thigh machine reps.

2 sets of pectoral fly
2 sets bicep curl (or sometimes I'll do these with a resistence band if the machine's not available)
2 sets of the deltoid machine (no clue what it's called, but it makes you flap your arms like a chicken haha so we just call it the flappy machine)
2 or 3 sets of tricep extension (I hate my upper arms!)

So that's pretty much what I've been doing. I try to get to the gym at least 3 times a week to do this. Sometimes if I'm not feeling good I will just walk on the treadmill for an hour, but I always vary the incline as I'm walking. For me, I find it more effective to walk on an incline than to run. It's lower impact and it still gets my heart rate pumping.


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