Yeah. I’m new to this, but as someone new to everything trying to find ‘the way to go’ I figured I’d share what I’m starting with right now. I’ll update as I make changes to my work out plan and update how it’s working for me.
I’m doing both cardio and weight training. I personally love cardio, not so much on the weight training front but I fell that’s more of an overwhelmed, I don’t know what I’m doing!
So far I’m doing cardio Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. I either work out on the recumbent bike or treadmill that we have at home, or I walk/run outside. I’ll be starting the Couch to 5k program soon. Then weight training Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Sundays I have off, other than whatever I do to wear the dogs out.
A great article I read on strength training for women is over on Criss Gets Fit: Ladies Lifting Weights: Get Strong, Not “Toned”
It tackles a lot of the myths about weight training and shares a lot of the reasons behind why I’m doing it. Even though I am losing weight, I still feel squishy. Especially up top. My legs have gained muscle from all my cardio, but my upper half? Not so much.
For my weight training, I chose to use this work out plan to start (with some further modifications, which I’ll explain below): Goonlifter’s Modified Starting Strength
Now, I don’t have gym access at the moment, so I’ve had to modify these a bit further.
In work out A, instead of doing a barbell squat, I’m doing squats with a dumbbell (though you could also do squats without any extra weight too). I’m deadlifting a dumbbell too, which is probably not the smartest move, but I’m hoping to get a rack soon. And I can’t do the dips yet (both physically and because of a lack of equipment). Obviously, instead of the hyperextensions I’m doing supermans. And while I can’t do a full sit up yet, I’m doing them as best as I can on the theory that I will get stronger.
For work out B, I”m doing everything with a dumbbell. And I plan on getting a pull up bar for my door. I might also add kettlebell swings to a work out, especially in the meantime while I’m waiting to get my hands on a rack. I could always use a filled up milk jug until I can buy a kettlebell.
Now, dumbbells aren’t exactly cheap, so I’m hoping to get my hands on a used barbell and rack set (Craigslist!) soon. First up though…I have to fix my car. So this is what I’m making do with.