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Resources/training plans to balance strength training and cardio?

I'm looking at starting a beginner strength training program in a few week's time. But I've also taken up running in the past year, and don't want to regress on that front while I'm concentrating on the weights. I know I need to build in proper rest if I want to see improvements strength-wise, and I'm trying to figure out how to balance all this stuff. Any pointers/resources that tell you how to build a workout plan that can accommodate both goals and not leave me exhausted? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Oct 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Will home gym equipment help my reduce-my-paunch-goal?

I feel terrible because of my paunch. I am otherwise mostly fit. I try to do some cardio, some light jogging, cycling on a roller etc. I am too self conscious to go to a gym or go to a trainer. Besides, I live in the middle of nowhere and don't really have any good gyms or so nearby. Are stuff like this (Thane Total Flex Home Gym) useful? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2014 - 15 answers

I was that kid who was always picked last in gym class

Exercise was never my “thing”, but now I need to make it my “thing”. I’m pushing 50 years old, and my sedentary lifestyle is taking its toll in the form of borderline-high blood pressure, various aches & pains, and a susceptibility to becoming easily tired. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Apr 22, 2014 - 34 answers

Complementing Crossfit and Tracking Training Goals

How should I complement my crossfit workouts with strength, cardio and plyometric training? What are some ways (templates and or forms) that you use to track your progress in the gym? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Apr 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Strength training options

I want to improve my endurance exercise by strength training. According to research I should go for a high weight very low rep program. I know there are a few commonly recommended books for that like Starting Strength and The New Rules of Lifting (for Women). I wonder if there is a way to do this without going to a gym or buying expensive equipment, and without following a whole comprehensive program that assumes that weight lifting will be the focus of my life. [more inside]
posted by blub on Mar 27, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me work my triceps

I'm having a hard time finding a routine that works my triceps as much as I'd like, so I'm turning to the hivemind for some input. I've looked through other questions on the site, but as always, have some special snowflake needs. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl on Jan 16, 2014 - 18 answers

Experiences of females that started weightlifting?

I switched from doing cardio to lifting weights at the gym, mainly because I LOVE IT. However, despite every website telling me that, as a woman, I won't get "big and bulky," I think I might be. I've gone up 1-2 clothing sizes, my butt has exploded, jackets now seem narrow in the chest ... It would be one thing if, standing nude in the mirror, I saw a 6-pack staring back at me, but I don't. It doesn't "look" like I've lost much body fat at all (but I can definitely tell that I've gained muscle - I've got a bicep! For the first time ever!). So, my question: will one day my muscle mass get large enough that my metabolism will rev up and my body fat will melt away? What are other ladies' experiences with beginning weight training and that effect on their body? (and I mean REAL weight training - bench presses of over 100 lbs, for instance - not lifting a 5 lb weight)
posted by athena2255 on Oct 16, 2013 - 31 answers

Old shoulder dislocation + new strength training = ?

Now that I'm lifting heavier weights, how should I tailor my strength training regimen given that I have a four year-old shoulder dislocation? [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex on Feb 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Lift ALL the weights!

My husband has recently started using the weight machines at the Y. He wants to build strength and muscle mass as quickly as possible, while hopefully also losing some fat. What is the best strategy if we assume that for the time being, he is not going to switch to free weights? [more inside]
posted by drlith on Oct 8, 2012 - 12 answers

VERY simple alternating strength-training program

I want two quick and easy strength-training exercises I can alternate and do every day, in order to get my exercise groove back. What are two complementary ones? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo on May 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Mudwoman aspirations

Is 3 months a feasible time frame to train for a Mudman race when I can't currently lift my bodyweight? [more inside]
posted by jillithd on May 1, 2012 - 11 answers

Good StrongLifts-type dumbell exercise programs?

This $20/month gym looks awesome... but it doesn't have barbells, so I can't do StrongLifts 5x5. Should I go back to my old gym, or do you guys have an alternative structured dumbbell/machine-based/bodyweight strength training program? Or a better gym suggestion in downtown Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo on Sep 25, 2011 - 9 answers

I can run 10 miles. Now what for strength?

For what level of strength training does my running the Army 10 Mile now qualify me? [more inside]
posted by metajc on Aug 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Beginning strength training resources?

Strength training basics for women, please. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Jul 5, 2011 - 23 answers

Baby's got thighs; wants more back...

Exercise filter: Ladies, you know how your hips and thighs look smaller from the front when you squeeze your butt? What exercises help to build the musculature to hold that look/posture? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Mar 18, 2011 - 9 answers

Looking for: exercise program to deal with flab, but NOT drop weight

I want to be less flabby. I cannot afford to join a gym or get a personal trainer. Does it sound like strength training will work for me? [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Jan 19, 2011 - 21 answers

What is a good pre-workout meal for morning strength training, and how long do I have to wait after eating to work out?

What is a good pre-workout meal for morning strength training, and how long do I have to wait after eating to work out? [more inside]
posted by metakiwi on Sep 30, 2010 - 10 answers

How many pounds of muscle are needed to squat 200lbs?

For every pound of weight that I can squat, I have X pounds of muscle. What is the value of X? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Mar 5, 2010 - 12 answers

Strength training for people who hate it?

Help me come up with a QUICK strength-training routine that I can do 2-3 times a week, that won't interfere with my training for distance running and triathlon events. [more inside]
posted by kataclysm on Mar 1, 2010 - 26 answers

Help me incorporate weight lifting into my current fitness routine.

How can I successfully incorporate weight lifting into my current fitness routine? [more inside]
posted by reticulatedspline on Sep 3, 2009 - 35 answers

cheap gyms in Paris?

How can I stay physically fit while traveling through Europe? [more inside]
posted by sureshot on Aug 3, 2009 - 15 answers

Dumbbells vs Barbells

Is there any reason that barbells would be indispensable from a serious stength-training program? Or are dumbbells just fine? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jul 1, 2009 - 12 answers

Becoming stronger while dieting: is it possible?

Becoming stronger while dieting: is it possible? My main focus right now is losing weight. I want to lose about 8-10 kilos of tummy fat, have already lost two of them by dieting and doing cardio. I also want to gain strength in my upper body but after five strength training sessions I have a feeling I am doing something wrong or it just might not be possible on the amount of food I am taking in right now. [more inside]
posted by dinkyday on Jan 28, 2009 - 20 answers

Help a novice with weight training!

Beginning weight training advice: I have recently begun a cardiovascular exercise program, and want to add weights to my routine. My goals are as follows: 1.) Lose weight 2.) Improve endurance 3.) Increase strength. Any advice re: number of reps/sets... [more inside]
posted by muxnaw on Aug 20, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me build some arm strength!

How can I build some upper body/arm strength without going to the gym to lift weights? [more inside]
posted by All.star on Jun 17, 2008 - 22 answers

Bikemata workout work-around

Does anyone know any good upper-body exercises that don't require the use of my hands? [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Jun 6, 2008 - 21 answers

Embiggen My Puny Arms!

What are, say, the 5 key dumbbell exercises for arm strongening? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia on May 19, 2008 - 12 answers

Help a weakling achieve her first push-up!

I'm a 35 yr old female, 5'6", 120lbs, in good general shape (walk loads, work out) who has never been able to achieve a single-push up. It's a key move to many of the workouts I want to do, but most strength-building programs assume that even the weakest can do at least one. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by geekgirl397 on Apr 27, 2008 - 32 answers

strength training for a newb?

I'd like to learn how to do olympic style weight lifting, somewhere around Vancouver, BC. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Mar 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Resitence training at home without weights.

I am interested in using resitance bands for strength training. I'd like to be able to put on mass rather than just tone. Any advice or product recomendations? [more inside]
posted by I Foody on Sep 24, 2006 - 10 answers

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