Working out – some love it, some hate it. I always expected that I would be amongst the latter, but since activating my gym membership about a month ago, it has well and truly hooked me in. Now, I am no expert – or even anything close – but I would like to share with you the routine I like to follow (as advised by my personal trainer) that is tailored to help me burn fat and tone up.
This is the bit that really gets your heart rate up. I’m quite a fan of jogging in general, and did the Koran martial art Taekwondo for 7 years, so cardio is most definitely my favourite bit of a workout. I like to do this for an hour each time I go to the gym. I usually rotate each day (I go around 4/5 times a week), doing cardio for an hour one day and resistance the next (we’ll come on to this). Here is my preferred routine:
- Running Machine – 20 minutes – I have the speed quite high but the incline relatively low
- Cross Trainer – 10 minutes – I heard that, if done too much, the cross trainer can beef up your legs/bum, so I limit myself to 10 minutes per hour session on it
- Rowing Machine – 5 minutes – This can really make me feel like I’m working!
- Exercise Bikes – 20 minutes – I try and do 10 minutes on a bike where you sit back a little, then another 10 on the bike where you’re more hunched over the ‘handlebars’
- Running Machine – 5 minutes – depending on how fit I’m feeling, I like to do either a 5 minute power walk or 5 minute jog to end my cardio session
Resistance training isn’t the most fun I ever have, but I know that it is super important. I do like the feeling that I’m toning up what’s underneath the surface, and LOVE starting to see any results. This routine of course depends on what is in your gym.
I like to do 30 repeats of which ever machine I am using. Here is a rough guide of which pieces of equipment I like to use:
- Leg Extension
- Leg Curl
- Lateral raise
- Pectoral Fly
- Lateral Pulldown
- Shoulder Press
- Chest Press
- Leg Press
If I’m feeling strong, I also like to do some extra crunches (around 30 more). I also like this machine that you kind of peddle with your hands to work your arms – I have no idea of its name though. This list really seems like a lot, but once you’re in the gym the time really does fly.
I hope this has helped – again, I’m not a professional, and this routine might not work for everyone. Let me know of yours below in the comments!