Wed, Sep 10, 2008
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 that 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.
The treadmill part completely took me by surprise & I loved that.
So many answers to this question.
If one takes the approach that the query is about doing cardiovascular exercise and *then* doing weight training the thoughts run the gamut.
Some believe that if you do cardio and then weight train your lift will inevitably suffer as you’ll be too weak to truly maximize your lifting experience and, as a result, wont make full use of your exercise time. These people would say if you want MUSCLES you need to weight train first (only, perhaps, after a bit of light cardio to warm up).
Others lean more toward doing their cardio session FIRST (both as a workout & to warm up the muscles prior to weight training) and wouldnt dream of doing it any other way.
The more hardcore (if by HARDCORE you mean those with more free time than the MizFit—-which I do) adhere to a strict segregated schedule of cardio only days and weight training only days.
The mildcore (read: me) believe that whatever you will actually *do* (or have time for) is the correct answer for you.
Most of us arent training for anything other than overall heath or weight loss and, in that instance, order does not matter.
(I 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? (alltogethernow) FOR SURE DEFINITELY ONE HUNDRED PERCENT.
Dolly Dumbbell over there in the corner? hanging out with her twice a week (starting out) will not only raise your metabolism while your are working out/immediately afterward but ALL DAY LONG.
even as you slumber.
Wanda WeightMachine in the center of the room? She can help prevent the natural decline in your metabolism which 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, improve your balance and your posture (standing taller *always* makes one appear leaner and 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 (worth repeating) increase your Basal Metabolic Rate by up to 15 percent.
Um, can you tell my answer is a resounding yes?
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 are doing the exercises properly (and not risking injury or wasting your time!) is worth every penny.
MizFits? Agree? Disagee? Did I miss the point of the question entirely? please to hit us up in the comments.
where did your name come from? I get it: Miss. Fit but how did you pick it?
Surprisingly people ask this question often. It was intended as a play on the words Miss. Fit and misfit (Im more the latter than the former. hang out with me in real life and you’ll quickly agree).
I went through many, many names before settling on MizFit. My favorite and the one which received a resounding NO WAY! from friends and family? SISYPHIT.
Get it? because staying fit, healthy & balanced so resembles the myth of Sisyphus?
They didnt like it either.
Wanna share the origin of YOUR blog name or moniker? Id love to hear it.
You know what to do.