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CrepeDeChineWag Tue 19-Apr-16 12:45:44

... your exercise regime. What you do, how many times a week and for how long.

Are you fit and aiming to get fitter or fit and maintaining?

CrepeDeChineWag Wed 20-Apr-16 10:41:24


lljkk Wed 20-Apr-16 11:01:06

How do you define superfit?

caitlinohara Wed 20-Apr-16 11:07:02

I currently work out for about an hour 6 days a week, I wouldn't currently class myself as superfit though! I find that unless I build it into a daily schedule I find too many excuses not to bother. If you are asking because you genuinely don't have much time to work out, there are some good short DVDs out there (30 mins or less). Check out Beachbody or Jillian Michaels (there is a good Beachbody thread on here for advice if you need it!)

suzannecaravaggio Wed 20-Apr-16 11:19:15

What's your regime OP? Are you looking for a path to follow or are you already on a journey?

CrepeDeChineWag Thu 21-Apr-16 09:12:31

Thanks for getting back to me.

Not sure how I define superfit (helpful!). Strong, lean and bursting with energy?

I am on a journey and not sure how to progress so wanted to get some ideas and see what others were up to. I have been working out with a personal trainer and have seem some great results. There has been a marked improvement e.g 6 months ago I could barely do a half press up and now I can do 10 full press ups before my arms get wobbly. When I first started I could just about manage a 10 second plank, I can now do 1 minute 30. I've lost some weight (healthy eating) and look so much better, more toned.

I've slacked off over the last 6 weeks due to one thing and another and it shows. I've got 4 more PT sessions in the bank (I bought in blocks) so I'll be using those up over the next 4 weeks and also doing a class for an hour which is a mix if cardio and hand held weights. I think I need to do more to get fitter/leaner but not sure what or for how long. My PT sessions have been a mix of cardio and weights. I can't afford any more at the moment.

I am a member of a gym which has weights and classes though I quite like doing stuff at home. I've looked at some things on youtube Jillian Michaels and someone called Joe Wicks and they look like they could be good but look like they need to be done every day and are they effective?

suzannecaravaggio Thu 21-Apr-16 10:03:12

Do you want to work towards a practise/regime that you can sustain without the use of a trainer?

curren Thu 21-Apr-16 10:12:51

My exercise all revolves around kick boxing.

I do actual kick boxing 3 times a week, for about 90 mins including stretching, warm up and cool down.

It's competition season for me so I run 5 mornings a week to get my fitness up. About 30-40mins.

I do boxercise once a week which is also done at my dojo. It's like full body circuits with boxing inbetween. Boxercise and kick boxing training also includes intervals and weight training. As well as flexibility training.

suzannecaravaggio Thu 21-Apr-16 10:33:26

I guess the key thing for sustainability is to find something you can get into and enjoy
Per week i have three or four hours strength training, run fortyish miles, walk around ten to fifteen miles

suzannecaravaggio Thu 21-Apr-16 10:34:32

IPod and interesting/ entertaining podcasts are essential for me!

lastqueenofscotland Thu 21-Apr-16 11:47:54

I'm a runner and I don't do much else... Run Monday's, Tuesday's either weds and thurs or rest weds and run twice on Thursday, rest Friday, park run Saturday and race or 10+ on Sunday's.

Try and do core work but I hate it. Totally addicted to running.

CrepeDeChineWag Thu 21-Apr-16 12:30:53

I like variety I think so could never just do one thing.

Yes I am looking for a regime that I can do without a trainer and that will makeme fitter than I am now. I suppose I am worried that I will 'waste my time' ie put in effort and time only to find that I achieve very little. Maybe I need to find some confidence wink . Plenty of people get fit without a trainer, right. I took a PT because I needed a massive kick up the arse and I 'like' being accountable, am a people pleaser etc so found that 'not letting someone down' worked for me. Without a PT it's easy to let things slide.

I think I need some goals to work to. Podcasts/audio books are a great idea.

Thefitfatty Thu 21-Apr-16 12:36:48

I work out for an hour 5 times a week. 25 minutes of running, 35 minutes of weightlifting/kettlebell circuits.

I find most of routines online to be honest. I don't have, and have never had, a personal trainer.

To be fair, I wouldn't call myself lean either. Strong, fast and bursting with energy yes. Lean no.

caitlinohara Thu 21-Apr-16 15:02:11

I am currently doing P90X and I would strongly suggest you check it out if you have the time! There is plenty of variety (12 workouts including strength, cardio and yoga). It is aimed at people with a certain amount of strength/fitness rather than a complete beginner. I don't think you can aim to be super fit if you only work out a couple of times a week - if you are maintaining maybe, but I think you should be aiming for at least 4 times a week. I also like having a schedule to follow (and I despise running!) so it works for me. i would love a PT but can't justify the expense! I would also recommend the book Thinner Leaner Stronger if you intend to keep using the gym rather than working out at home - it was a real eye opener for me and has some good advice.

mudandmayhem01 Thu 21-Apr-16 15:12:56

I run 5 days a week and cycle to work. I do have access to a car but I use it as little as possible. Integrating activity into your everyday routine is the key. I once saw a report that asked danish people about their level of exercise, lots of them said it was low as they didn't actually count the day to day cycling that many of them do as exercise

ShowOfHands Thu 21-Apr-16 15:23:37

I work out every day. Usually for around an hour and sometimes I split it so that I do two workouts a day. Never the same though. So if I do strength/weights in the morning, I run or do cardio intervals in the evening. I work my whole body with an even split of cardio and resistance across the week. Sometimes I do a Jillian Michaels programme or something like Insanity as it is a nice goal to set with a clear end point but I combine it with other stuff too if I feel like it.

I work out at home. Never use a gym or pay for a trainer.

I also walk a lot, climb once a week, cycle regularly and am generally active.

RunnerOnTheRun Sat 23-Apr-16 14:27:47

Weights weights and more weights! Kettlebells for me. And maybe Dumbells. Heavy but low reps. Little cardio (cardio is terrible for fat loss as it makes you hungry). Weights build your muscle and burn your fat while you sleep :-)

I do it all at home. I have up to 32kg kettlebells and I workout 3 times a week for approx 40 mins each time. If I go for a run or swim is it for a stretch and a rest/change of scene but not for fitness or speed or time. After starting with a PT and learning that so much of the work is undone with terrible nutrition I now concentrate on eating 80-85% completely clean, whole foods, and the rest is treats at the weekend.

carrie74 Sun 24-Apr-16 22:01:49

I really wouldn't describe myself as super fit, but I think I've come to a manageable regime. I started properly with a weekly PT, and like you, liked the accountability and people pleasing aspect. I now see the PT fortnightly (if we can both fit it into our schedules, sometimes it can be longer or shorter). He's been happy in the past to give me routines to do in between visits, although TBH, I know what I need to do now, but I never push myself as hard as he does.

So I do some yoga (try to get to a weekly class and sometimes follow Yoga With Adriene on You Tube), sometimes I run, sometimes I do weights (at home, I've got a set of weights and a kettlebell), Fitness Blender is good, sometimes some HIIT. I try to do 3 decent sessions a week as a minimum.

StrawberryMouse Sun 24-Apr-16 22:11:10

I'm fairly fit at the moment although have a few interruptions in my routine due to clubs / classes etc. When everything is on as usual I do some variation of a fairly relaxed ab class on Wednesdays, Body Pump (weightlifting) on Thursdays, run Friday / Sat, bike ride and or run Sunday, have Monday off and run on Tuesdays. I always try and have a day or two off every week or I find myself more prone to injury, especially when I'm running a lot.

Anglaise1 Wed 27-Apr-16 18:25:05

I'm another running addict. I run at least 60 miles a week, run with a club and do a race at least every 3 weeks, 10k, HMs, long trail races and a marathon once a year. At 50 I'm fitter than I've ever been in my life and am probably super fit compared to many women of my age. I don't have time to exercise more so not aiming to get any fitter, athough my endurance is increasing all the time due to running every day. I also do core strength training twice a week, but probably not enough.
I just love running.

Anglaise1 Wed 27-Apr-16 18:27:52

Should specify running outdoors in any weather at all, that is part of the enjoyment for me, I hate gyms and treadmills.

CrepeDeChineWag Wed 27-Apr-16 19:25:36

Thanks for all the input. I'm a bit up and down with running to be honest, if you'll pardon the pun. Sometimes I love it, sometimes not (and yes to it being better outdoors). I also have a slightly dodgy knee. And foot issue so not sure my body could handle too many miles a week.

I think what I've gained from this thread is do something you like/love and do it often. So, I've devised a plan for myself based on free weights and HITT and aiming for 4 times a week initially. I live yoga and have done ziltch over the past 6 months so I'm going to start doing that again. Am 2 days into my plan and feeling healthier already believe it or not and really positive too. Let's hope I keep it up!

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