Working out for advanced beginners
March 9, 2013 4:15 PM Subscribe
I've been working out for about two months with a personal trainer. She started off having me do full body workouts that I quite enjoyed - they were sort of boot camp style, in that it was a combination of strength and cardio (ie. lots of burpees and mountain climbers and planks, mixed in with compound strength bearing exercises.) Much to my surprise i have gotten much fitter than I've ever been before, pretty quickly. Now my trainer is transitioning me to workouts that alternate upper body and lower body each day, with more of a focus on strength vs cardio. Is this better?
posted by Kololo to health & fitness (6 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The rationale appears to be that as I've gotten stronger that I need to do more sets of each exercise to get a good workout on each body part. On the other hand I really enjoyed the feeling of working out my entire body and being exhausted at the end of the workout everywhere.
Is this shift in approach part of the natural progression of getting fit? Do i need to transition to these alternating workouts in order to keep building strength and muscle tone? What about adding in cardio separately? I could use advice about the most efficient way to progress without it taking over my life - I'm trying to keep my time at the gym to about an hour four times a week.
(Of course I can have this conversation with my trainer too, but I want to be better informed in preparation for that talk.)
(Miscellaneous details: I'm a 36 year old woman, no injuries or health problems, about a third of the way thru losing 25 lbs, tho I'm focusing on diet to achieve that goal)