Edited to say: please make a moment to read comment #3. We now return you to your regularly scheduled viewer mail…
Miz, I recently started going to the gym and, alas, I have only made one friend. She’s always there for me, tells me where I have been and lets me know where I am going.
She is a treadmill.
I seem to be a snob to the other pieces of workout equipment.
My dilemma is I want to lose weight and in my mind the treadmill is the only way to do that.
I don’t have a routine, I just walk. I’m wasting money at the gym because I know I am not utilizing it like I should. I wonder if it’s taboo to walk and then turn around and lift weights. Will that help me to lose weight?
First, how great a writer is our emailer?
Initially I thought that her one friend would be Suzie SweatsAlot or Stanley StandsTooClose & that the question would focus upon gym characters: love em or loathe em?
The treadmill part completely took me by surprise & I adored that.
Now to the question as there are many, many ways to answer it.
If one takes the approach that the query is about doing cardiovascular exercise and *then* doing weight training the (fingerquote) experts’ (unFQ) thoughts run the gamut.
Some believe if you do cardio & then weight train your lift will inevitably suffer as you’ll be too tired to maximize the lifting experience and, as a result, wont make full use of your workout time.
These people would say if you wish to add muscle (& increase your metabolism as a result) you need to weight train first (after a bit of light cardio as warm up).
Others lean more toward doing the cardio session first (serving both as a workout & warm up for weight training) and wouldn’t dream of doing it any other way.
The truly hardcore (if by hardcore you mean those with more free time than MizFit—-which I do) adhere to a strict segregated schedule of cardio only days and weight training only days (or do two-a-days & completely split up their workouts).
The quite-mild-at-core (read: me) believe that whatever you will actually *do* is the correct answer for you.
The majority of us arent training for anything other than overall heath/weight loss and, in my opinion, for that goal order of routine does not matter.
(I do realize you only slightly touched upon this question, emailer, but it’s one which pops up often in my in-box.)
Now, the true meat of your question.
The should you weight train and expand your gym friendship group query.
(alltogethernow) FOR SURE DEFINITELY ONE HUNDRED PERCENT.
Dolly Dumbbell over there in the corner? Start hanging out with her twice a week and you will not only raise your metabolism while you work out/immediately afterward but ALL DAY LONG as well.
Even as you slumber.
Wanda WeightMachine in the center of the room? She can help prevent the natural decline in your metabolism (starts around the age of 30), strengthen your bones & help to prevent osteoporosis.
Betty BodyPump class where weights are used? She will decrease your resting blood pressure and improve your balance and posture (standing taller *always* makes one appear leaner/more self confident!).
Your treadmill friend will definitely help you burn off the extra calories *and* keep your heart healthy, but adding in a weight routine will give you all the benefits I mentioned above and increase your Basal Metabolic Rate by up to 15 percent.
In addition (I know. you thought I was finally done. I wasnt.) you mention you have no treadmill plan and I urge you to find a weights plan before getting started.
In my opinion there is no money better spent than on a personal trainer for a session or 3.
The one on one experience with a trained professional who can tailor a program to your needs *and* be sure you’re using proper form (not risking injury or wasting your time) is worth every penny.
Now, oh faithful reader, it’s your turn.
Can you relate to our emailer’s dilemma? Do you have one piece of cardio equipment to whom you’ve pledged your undying affections?
Are you an ex-Cardio Queen (or King!) & have you any tips to send our emailer’s way?
Think I missed the point of our emailer’s question entirely & care to clarify for my tiredmamabrain?
Please to hit us all up in the comments.
EDITED TO SAY: PLEASE READ COMMENT NUMBER THREE. And, if youre so moved, link the site on your blog.