Wow, has it seriously been 5 weeks already? I’m not sure whether I’m super excited I’ve lasted this long or super pissed that I don’t look like Adriana Lima yet. Oh, right, I’m 5 feet tall and will never look like that. Moving on...
I have survived 5 weeks of a total gym routine. Have I missed a few days here and there? Absolutely. But I’ve certainly been successful more days than not and for that I am proud of myself! Like they say, you won’t get fit from one day at the gym, but you won’t get fat from one rest day either ;). These two weeks were all about being consistent. Making the gym fit into my busy working girl schedule. The only thing that I did new these 2 weeks was flip flop my strength and cardio routines.
Last time, I made sure to do cardio first. This time, I began with strength. I did this for two main reasons. One, my muscles weren’t tired yet, so I could really push the strength piece and increase my weights a bit more than I would have if I were fatigued from cardio. Two, when I finally got to cardio, I could truly wear myself out without abandon knowing my workout would be over when I finished. I didn’t have to reserve any of my energy for further activities. Honestly, I don’t know which is better. I’ve heard arguments for both sides and both seem completely logical. So, I figure the best thing to do is to switch up the order every so often. It keeps my workouts from becoming stagnant and allows me to ream the benefits of both schools of thoughts.
Just as I did previously, I alternated between lower and upper body days, fitting core work in wherever I had time. I’m getting an overall total body workout each week and also allowing each muscle a day of rest in between workouts.
Follow along with me and let me know which order YOU prefer! Do you go straight for the treadmill? Or is lifting your first gym stop? Hope you guys are still keeping up with those resolutions (hey, it’s almost February!) and are getting ready for the warmer weather to come! Perhaps Phil won’t even see his shadow! ;)
WEEKS 4&5 RULES IN A NUTSHELL
Lift FIRST, alternating lower and upper body days, 3 sets of 12
25-40 minutes of cardio... let it burn you out at the end
Randomly fit core in wherever you have time
Drink more water! Stretch!
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