Spice Up Your Routine in the Gym

10 responses

  1. Jude
    January 27, 2007

    I love it when you give your youth away in a statement like “lifting weights is still recommended by doctors even for older people.” Even for older people? Wow.

  2. Ben Casnocha
    January 27, 2007

    Yep — I think weight lifting is associated with young people trying to get jacked, when in fact doctors say older people may need it even more to build bone / muscle strength.

  3. David Storrs
    January 28, 2007

    I was doing the gym for a while but found that I wasn’t getting much in the way of results, and I found it deadly boring. So I stopped going and started an aikido program. Aikido is a non-violent martial art and a great workout. This was a great move for me…every class is something different, I’m toning up and I feel great. Your Mileage May Vary, of course, but I thought I’d mention it.

  4. Dave Jilk
    January 28, 2007

    You need to try yoga while you’re in Boulder – studios everywhere. If you want to try something really different, go to Bikram yoga – 105 degrees, you’ll use muscles you never knew you had, no matter what workouts you do in the gym.

  5. Ben Casnocha
    January 28, 2007

    Dave, the main reason why I would want to do yoga is so I can be seen walking around city streets with a yoga mat. I’m sure it would increase my trendiness tenfold.

  6. maria
    January 29, 2007

    Why is it better for women to use a machine for bust-enhancing chest exercises (and how do you know this?)

    Do you think the elliptical burns as much calories as the treadmill? For me, this is one of life’s greatest unresolved questions. I always go back to the elliptical because it feels good, yet I never seem to break a sweat on the thing.

  7. Ben Casnocha
    January 29, 2007

    When you use a machine you concentrate the effort solely on the muscle in question (such as pectorals). When you use free weights you are also exerting energy on stabilization muscles and secondary muscles. Those are important for athletes, but not for the lifter only concerned with looks.

    Various aerobic exercises require different amount of time to achieve the same result. For example, the rowing machine takes longer than treadmill. When I do the elliptical I move pretty fast and have a pretty high resistance (although virtually no incline because the more incline the more stress on back), so I feel a sweat. Elliptical works more exclusively your lower body whereas treadmill gets at your chest a bit. Some women do the elliptical — though usually Stairmaster — to tighten their buttocks.

  8. Doug III
    November 5, 2007

    Elliptical vs treadmill. .

    Yeah, like you said, the elliptical is a great low impact exercise, especially if you’re coming off a knee injury.

    As for calories burned, it depends on a few things.

    If you’re going for efficiency, (calories burned per minute)you may be better off on the treadmill (though you can manipulate the settings on the elliptical to make it quite intense).

    For those concerned with weight loss, however, the elliptical may be better because it allows you so stay on longer because of the low impact, allowing you to burn more TOTAL calories.

    For these people, DURATION, not intensity, is key.

    But, as you mentioned, mixing your workouts is crucial, because over time if you’re not enjoying your workouts, you’re not going to come back.

    Hope this helps!

  9. Bravosmith
    May 21, 2009

    I think,this routine can be done to gauge your level of fitness,including mental resolve when it comes to pushing hard. And, it can be used as part of the routine itself. But no matter what your plans are, this routine Spice Up Your Routine in the Gym is a great warm-up for any workout.

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