Hi I'm fairly new here and I have some questions.
Okay 2 weeks ago I just started doing 30 minutes on the Arc Trainer and 15 minutes on the treadmill 4 to 5 times a week and some floor stomach excersie. Is this a good routine to do if i want to loose weight/fat? I wan't to customize a daily routine I can do at the gym but I don't even know where to start. I need someones help please :)
The treadmill is good but try to get up to at least 20 min., 30 would be better. If you find it boring try doing a circuit, 10 min. on the treadmill, 10 min. on a cycle and 10 on a rowing machine or a variation there of. Also I think that weight training would be better than the Arc Trainer to build muscle, which burns fat just by being there, builds up your matabolism, muscle is great stuff. Make sure you eat healthy and drink lots of water. Maybe you could get a trainer to show you how to use the different equipment and get you started on a routine. Hope this helps.
You asked this a few months ago, but research has shown that in order to lose fat cardio is less effecitive than resistance/stregth training. Muscle can help you burn fat as well as toning you body which makes it look slimmer. Honestly I just like the variety of doing more than cardio machines anayway, plus it is nice to feel the burn the day after a good workout that lets me know I am making changes to my body, I rarely get that with cardio alone. I also have yet to find a good upper body workout on a cardio machine, arms and core muscles only seem to be maybe 50% engaged at any given time.