treadmill or weights ? which one is first?

dcrowex

I recently returned to the gym, but always have the same question - are you supposed to do the weights first, or the treadmill, eliptical, stairmaster, etc? I have heard it both ways. I have heard you should do the weights first because you have a chance to fully work your muscles without being exhausted from the treadmill, but have also heard you should do the treadmills first as it gets the blood pumping thru the muscles for a better workout. Anyone know?

deb

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trekaren

I was always taught to do 10 minute treadmill as warmup for cardio. Believe it or not, weight training gets your heart rate up. So a 10 minute stroll is a good warmup for all your muscles including the most important one, the Heart.

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dcrowex

thanks, i never knew which was correct - i have seen it both ways.
deb

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MuscleCramp

Do both for sure. If you just lose weight, you'll just look like a smaller version of what you are. Lift weights and you'll get toned and you'll be much happier with the results. I just started HIIT (high intensity interval training) I don't recommend this unless you are in somewhat decent shape. Just something to look at though.

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dcrowex

thanks for advice. the bulk of my working out takes place on my lunch hour - so limited time. i usually only do the weight training and depending on how many days i can get there, i will alternate and only do less weights on one day and then use the eliptical. i do usually go on weekends as well and then get a full workout. weight is not really a problem for me, its more toning and losing inches. hope i see some results eventually!
thanks again

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MuscleCramp

if time is a factor and you are in half decent shape... consider HIIT training. It's hell, but I'm starting to look forward to my 'punishment'.

I put a link to the article that got me interested in trying it. I'm using their 2 month chart too.

Not sure of you age or condition so you might want to consult someone before considering it. I've read a lot or articles that say trainers and doctors do not recommend HIIT training because of liablility issues. I'm 30, in good shape (ice hockey twice a week) and like this much better then the slow, boring 40 min rides. I'm only on 6 min. I'm sure I'll by crying by 15min.

Here is a link that might be useful: HIIT Training

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dcrowex

i went to the link....dont think i am in good enough shape to handle this intensity....i would pass out, LOL. but i did learn something, had never heard of this before.

deb

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MuscleCramp

It's new to me to deb... I'm up to 7 min and want to cry before I start each time.

I'm inspired though... see link below. Everytime I ride or lift... I think of this guy and what he did.

Here is a link that might be useful: Transformation 2003

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dcrowex

WOW, that is pretty incredible to see that transformation...so there is hope for me???? thanks for sending....i am plowing away at this but get discouraged when i dont see something after a month!
deb

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MuscleCramp

Never give up... I've been lifting for about 5 weeks now. I'm lifting more and more weight each week, but I don't really notice any difference. I fell off track this weekend and had meatballs, beer, nachos and dip and even ribs today. *sigh* I am not expecting results like the guy in the link I posted. He is truly following a strict diet/program. I just can't do it. I'm just gonna keep pluggin' away and hope for some results I'll be happy with.

This week I will be trying HIIT training in the mornings. What a horrible thing to have to wake up to. ;)

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lazy_gardens

Notoice in that guy's "transformation page" that major improvement happened in the first three months.

He's showing sings of being a "body freak" towards the end ... way too little body fat, close to emaciation.

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