How's this for a workout plan?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by MusicEnthusiast, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. MusicEnthusiast macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Looking to get into shape again (I'm not overweight, just want more energy and to tone up a bit), and I started running tonight, about 1.5 miles (to the park one way). Definitely not used to it since I took a break for about a year. Anyways, with the idea that I spend my time working my way up, here's my cardio/lifting schedule:

    Monday: Run (1 hour-ish, about half the time actual running and the other half light jog/walking).

    Tuesday: Lifting

    Wednesday: Swimming (I was on swim team in HS 3 years ago so I know many strokes and can get back into it quickly)

    Thursday: Lift/Break

    Friday: Run

    Saturday: Lift/Break

    Sunday: Break

    I chose to lift at least twice a week since I'm more interested in becoming more lean (I have some body fat I'd like to shed off a bit before gaining muscle). That is, I would either lift Tues/Thurs and take Sat/Sun off, lift Tues/Sat and keep Thurs/Sun off, or lift Thurs/Sat and leave Tues/Sun off.

    I might wanna increase my protein intake for the lifting and drink more water than milk (I love milk lol). If anyone has any suggestions please let me know!
  2. Skyrim macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2011
    It look like the Body for Life program, and a sound plan.
  3. whoathere macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2006
    Rockford, IL
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    Since you want to lean out, when lifting you will want to do less weight and more reps. If you lose the weight and want to gain muscle and mass, change lifting routine to more weight less reps. Plan sounds good tho!
  4. Daffodil macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2011
    In a sunny state of mind
    I'd recommend including some high-intensity endurance exercise (4x4 aerobic interval training, for example) in your workout plan if you're looking to improve your fitness quickly. It's the most efficient way to improve your oxygen uptake, and burns calories more efficiently than moderate intensity exercise. Takes a lot less time, and personally, I also find it quite satisfying/enjoyable...

    Full disclosure: I work for a cardiac exercise research group, so I'm a little biased, but I'd be happy to back it up with the research if you like :p

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