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whats the ideal workout routine for fat loss?

In terms of weight training what is the best routine?

Monday Legs Quads
Tuesday Rest
Wednesday Chest Back
Thrusday Hamstrings, Calves
Friday Arms Shoulders
Saturday Lower Limbs again?

does that work?

Tue. Oct 23, 9:38pm

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If you're a beginner, ideally 2 days a week of resistance training to "build the engine" (your muscles), and work up to 5 days/wk of 1 hour cardio sessions for fat loss. Give yourself a week off of this routine after about 6 weeks and do a week of something like yoga and pilates. Then change up your initial workout, maybe drop a cardio session and add another day of strength training, depending on how much fat you want to lose. Keep switching it up every 4 to 6 weeks to avoid plateaus, overuse injuries and boredom. It's also a lot more fun if you have a physical goal in mind, like running/walking a 5K, or a hike, or something like that. Good luck.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 10:55 PM

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I would say- anything that you will do!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 11:33 PM

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Don't focus on body parts

Don't isolate body parts such as arms, hamstrings, etc ... you'll get a better workout by focusing on compound exercises such as squats, lunges, deadlifts, pushups/bench presses, shoulder presses, rows, pullups, etc.

Full-body workouts are also ideal ... although you could do a split routine if you are at an advanced stage. Twice a week for strength training is good in the beginning (4 weeks) with some cardio ... change up the routine after that ... eventually work up to 4 strength days a week.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 11:42 PM

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11:42 - are you saying that instead of doing exercises that focus on 1 body part, do exerices that focus on more muscles at once?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 4:26 AM

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everyone has great comments on this thread! i'd also suggest checking out websites like men's health or men's fitness (i'm a woman and love these websites) or shape.... they have good examples of weight training routines for all levels. good luck!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 7:36 AM

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