Your Questions About Better Weight Loss Biking Running

by Maricela on May 9, 2013

Betty asks…

what is a good workout routine using cross trainer treadmil, up right bike and rowing machine?

i need to lose some weight as fast as i can with out going on a fad diet. i have recently joined a gym and im quite clueless as to what i am doing. im over weight and i know it i have been trying to eat better to assist my Weight loss. i really need some help to figure out a routine using the above machines that will give me maximum weight loss.my knees cant cope with high impact so running for long periods on the treadmill is out of the question. any advice is greatly appreciated 🙂

Maricela answers:

The staff will provide an orientation. Or book one session with the trainer. It should come free with the membership. He will evaluate your fitness level. He will put you on the treadmill and see your speed and endurance. On your own, figure your target heart rate. Work to 75% or more of that for 20 min. Use the weight machines, large muscle groups first. Trainer will give you a sheet to track.

Lizzie asks…

How to Lose Weight While Training for a Triathlon?

I’m in the process of training for a triathalon and want to loose some weight. I’m 18, 5’5″, and weigh 122 pounds. I love the swimming part of the triathalon, but I’m not much for the biking and running. I want to loose weight, but in a healthy way. How can I go about doing this? I always eat granola bars before a workout.

Maricela answers:

The best way is to just not worry about it. You’ll naturally get toned as you continue training. Also, you don’t have to be super thin or lose alot of weight to be a strong triathlete. Many triathletes find that if they focus on maintaining or losing weight, they’re performance suffers. Your body needs lots of energy to be able to finish a tri and if you’re forcing yourself to lose weight your body is burning more energy than you are putting into it on a daily basis which will not help you at all come race day.

When I started doing tri’s last year I thought I had to lose weight to get better, but after a month of training and rapid weight loss, I always felt weak and i wasn’t getting any faster. I started eating more, especially immediatley following my workouts. I’ve found a good post workout meal to be a bagel (preferably whole grain), some yogurt (get whatever brand has the most protein, around here its Hy-Vee store brand yogurt), and maybe some plain grilled chicken.

Ideally, as you train your body will naturally find it’s balance between strength and weight. You might even gain weight, but you’ll be more toned than you’ve ever been before and thats what counts!

David asks…

What is the best weight loss exercise?

If you dont have any home-exercise equipment…what is the best weight loss exercise for your hips? butt? thighs? TY and Happy Holidays!

Maricela answers:

The best way to loose weight is jump roping. I have tried running, biking, sit ups, and all sorts of exerices and none seemed to work as well as jump roping. Jumping rope will seriously work every muscle in the body. I’m convinced that it will expose your weak links. After your first jump rope workout, you will be sore in many different parts of your body. Honestly, I think my entire body was sore after my first jump rope workout. I was especially sore in my calf muscles as well as my abs. What i do is:
Stand in front of a clock or timer of some sort
Jump Rope for 3 minutes to warm up
Rest for 30 seconds
Jump rope as quickly as possible for 60 seconds
Rest for 30 seconds
Jump Rope as quickly as possible for 60 seconds
Rest for 30 seconds
Repeat this alternating pattern for 15-20 minutes

Good Luck!

Richard asks…

Is a stationary bike as good as walking?

I enjoy walking and lost weight while I did. I stopped walking because my heels hurt tremendously and have gained my weight back. Is a stationary bike just as good for losing weight? I’m thinking it will be easier on my feet.

Maricela answers:

Hi Giggles – I suffered from the “high school football knees” for years. I started the elliptical machines February 1. I like them more than the bikes since they move more body parts. The low impact really helped with my knees. My feet were hurting and getting numb until one day I finally figured out I was tying my shoes too tight! Duh?? The lesson learned was using inexpensive shoes and was wearing old sport socks.
Immediately after new shoes and socks everything improved. I ran my first mountain marathon seven months later. Get some good footwear and good socks. Take care of your feet and they will take you where you need to go for a lifetime.
Riding the bike or walking will give you the same calorie burn. As you get in shape try doing short bursts of high speed then back off for 30 seconds and do another burst – like sprinting. This gives you a better cardio workout. See the link below for some other good weight loss ideas.
Cheers and good luck.

Mandy asks…

What is better a personal trainer of work out alone (bike,run,swimming etc)?

Well me and my mom disagree.I say that personal trainers can make the work out you EXACTLY need for your own body type and know your physical needs (beginner,average,expert etc).Maybe alot $ but worth it! But mom says that is better other activities( running,workout videos,dance) cause can make you exactly the same think for a little cost of even free! So what do you think?

Maricela answers:

I think personal trainers are the way to go. They not only tailor the workout to your level, but they teach you valuable techniques that help you get to where you want FASTER and to a better standard.

They’re also educational. A lot of people fall into the trap of running, cycling, generally cardio-ing there way to slow weight loss and lack of muscle mass (not meaning BULK, meaning lean mass instead of fat). A personal trainer can teach you about strength and resistance training which is fundamental for body re-composition and accelerated weight loss, not only do they educate…but these type of exercises can prove detrimental or even dangerous if you aren’t TRAINED to do them with proper body mechanics and technique.

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