I started working out at home in Feb I was 230ish at the time. I’ve currently weight 190, I’m 5’2″ and 35 year old female. I’ve recently gained access to a gym for free so I plan on using it but I don’t have much experience with gym equipment and there is no one at this gym to advise me so I’m wondering what machines I should use. My goal is to be able to do a full sit-up, I can barely get my shoulders off the mat now and to be able to do full push-ups I can do about 20 modified now. Up till now my workout schedule has been to jog on a manual treadmill and to do p90 (1 not x) with 5lbs dumbbells which are getting too light for me. I’m thinking of doing the following as I quickly get bored.
Sun- stationary bicycle 1hr-2hr
Mon- p90 with 7.5lbs dumbbells and 1hr treadmill
Wed- strength machines, I need help here not sure which ones, and 1hr treadmill
Fri- repeat (mon)
Sat- elipitical 1hr-2hr
Not having much experience in strength training I’m not sure if this is right. I’d like to lose about 60 more pounds and build some muscle. I’m okay diet wise so I don’t need advise there. If anyone could give me advise or suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.
Hello Daimiaa Devote,
Wow, congratulations on your success; keep up the great work.
You may use any machine that you are comfortable with and know how to use properly. If something does not feel right, do not use that machine.
I also agree with multi joint exercises instead of isolating a part of the body.
Doing weight lifting twice a week with two days rest in between would be great for now; using resistance that you can move anywhere from 15-25 times… that means you want to start with light weights.
I think it is an excellent idea to hire a personal trainer who can show you proper execution and answer all your questions to design the balanced workout for you and prevent injury… starting out with proper form is easier than breaking a bad habit of poor form.
The things that concern me, is that you mention jogging and you seem to do much cardio on one piece of equipment at a time, both of which can lead to overuse injuries. This is a good example to hire a personal trainer, to work together for your continued success in the safest way.
Once more, congratulations; you must be so happy and feel much better.
Keep working on those push ups and sit ups…safely, please.
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