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    So many workouts to choose, which is good for me?

    Hi,

    My first post and what a great find this website is.

    I have just started my return to fitness after 2 decades away from fitness. I started with 10 press ups a day which was painful! then after 6 days completed 20 a day for another 6 days. I usually took a break on day 7 a Sunday.

    I have now in 2 weeks arrived at this point....

    I get up and complete 40 press ups, sometimes 30 in one go sometimes 20 and then 20 more. Depends how i feel.
    I then complete 20 sit ups and this has been consistent for 2 weeks now.
    I then lift 9KG on each arm just basic weight lifting, not really any good technique as i do not know really what i am doing other than lifting the weights.
    I then go for a long trek, i say trek as i like woodland and forests and trek through them for 2-4 hours 3 times a week, its like my build up to start jogging as i want to achieve the 5K run

    I am 6ft tall, i weigh in at 17stone give or take a day or two.

    I want to work on cardio as I get out of breath too easily
    I also want to build up my arms as i have noticed already muscle getting tighter and bigger in my arms only after a couple of weeks and i like this look.
    I mentioned i want to eventually complete the 5K challenge too.

    Now i have looked through the extensive amount of fitness programs on here but i just do not know which ones are best for me?
    I do not mind hard work and am prepared for pain and putting in the effort but i want a good set of programs to help me lose a little tummy fat, sort out my breathing/cardio and build my muscles in my arms.

    If you have any ideas and or plans that you can recommend then i would be most grateful.

    Thank you and good luck with your own fitness!!

    #2
    I think of Cardio Trim immediately, which works on your cardio as well as upperbody strength (many push-ups) and abs, or even Cardio Trim Run, which is basically the same except that it replaces the home cardio with running.

    The thing is Cardio Trim is a difficulty 3 and the Run program is difficulty 4, and I am not sure if you are ready for them.

    You can also target your 5k specifically, and then go for a fitness program at the same time, for which a general fitness at difficulty 2 such as the Totals would be a safe bet. If you are more ambitious, you can look at difficulty 3 strength programs like 30 days of Gravity.

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      #3
      Thank you I will have a look at these. Appreciate your time.

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        #4
        Welcome to the Hive!!

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          #5
          I was very bad at cardio (and still hate it a lot) but thought the 60 Days of Cardio programme was very good. It was one of those programmes I really felt a difference working through it. I had huge problems with High Knees before hand (if you look at Cardio Trim, there's a lot of them right at the beginning) and when I finished 60 Days of Cardio I got much better at them.
          I'm currently doing Cardio Go!, which is... different than 60DoC, but also good. When I'm done with Cardio Go!, I might try Cardio Trim. Though it looks a bit intimidating to me, tbh. From my experience, I would go 60DoC, Cardio Go!, then maybe Cardio Blast and then Cardio Trim. IF you want to stick to programmes.
          Or, to make it short and sweet, I would recommend 60DoC for getting started. It really built my stamina and endurance.
          As for your arms... I'm with kandy and 30 Days of Gravity or Totals. And if you want to work on your shoulders/traps, I'd totally recommend the Upperbody Light Challenge. It looks deceptively easy, but many other Bees have already commented that they saw a visual difference after finishing them.

          Good luck with everything you do and welcome to the Hive!

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            #6
            Originally posted by danilojromero View Post
            Welcome to the Hive!!
            Thank you.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Nihopaloa View Post
              I was very bad at cardio (and still hate it a lot) but thought the 60 Days of Cardio programme was very good. It was one of those programmes I really felt a difference working through it. I had huge problems with High Knees before hand (if you look at Cardio Trim, there's a lot of them right at the beginning) and when I finished 60 Days of Cardio I got much better at them.
              I'm currently doing Cardio Go!, which is... different than 60DoC, but also good. When I'm done with Cardio Go!, I might try Cardio Trim. Though it looks a bit intimidating to me, tbh. From my experience, I would go 60DoC, Cardio Go!, then maybe Cardio Blast and then Cardio Trim. IF you want to stick to programmes.
              Or, to make it short and sweet, I would recommend 60DoC for getting started. It really built my stamina and endurance.
              As for your arms... I'm with kandy and 30 Days of Gravity or Totals. And if you want to work on your shoulders/traps, I'd totally recommend the Upperbody Light Challenge. It looks deceptively easy, but many other Bees have already commented that they saw a visual difference after finishing them.

              Good luck with everything you do and welcome to the Hive!
              Very interesting i will look these all up tomorrow as i have printed out Cardio Trim ready to start, the one i fear the most is the running, i really want to get my body to jog and feel i need to get some quality running shoes and really work on a good plan and stuck to it. I am very committed and already feel and see the difference in muscles in my arms just from the press ups to be honest. so i am eager to continue and step up my fitness training.

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                #8
                Ha! I'm utterly retarded, if you want to get running and tone up, maybe have a look at 30 Days of Change. It's also a Level 3 programme, but might be worth a look. It has a mix of bodyweight exercises and walking/running/other cardio.
                Haven't done it myself, though, because I dislike being outside and I don't have enough space in my flat to run around (heh)

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Nihopaloa View Post
                  Ha! I'm utterly retarded, if you want to get running and tone up, maybe have a look at 30 Days of Change. It's also a Level 3 programme, but might be worth a look. It has a mix of bodyweight exercises and walking/running/other cardio.
                  Haven't done it myself, though, because I dislike being outside and I don't have enough space in my flat to run around (heh)
                  30 days of change looks really good. Thanx. Running will be the hardest thing i need to train for. Breathing always gets me which is why i think doing 30 days cardio first might help then start a running program but continue with cardio.

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                    #10
                    Day 4 of cardio trim! going well, i am trekking in forests 3 times a week, mostly uphill, weights slowly lifting 9KG x 40 and 40 pressups daily. I am ordering a better bar for weights and 2 x 20KG and will lift that next. I am hoping to progressively increase the weights i am lifting, slowly and surely. I hear heavy lifters saying they easy lift 315 most maybe 200 so i have a long way to go, my weights probably would feel like their shopping bags

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                      #11
                      Welcome to the hive! Regarding your arms: i warmly recommend Iron Born or XPress Tone ... but please use a decent weight, better a bit too heavy than too low.
                      Just check out which weight gets you close to fatigue. XPress Tone is declared as a add-on program. Not if you challenge yourself and put on a bunch of weights.
                      It will leave you breathing hard and sore for some days.
                      Regarding running my suggestion would be to run in a relaxed tempo and slowly up the distance. After that you can slowly up the speed.
                      If you run relaxed you will shortly be able to run 5K (if not now already), time might not be great but wtf ... you did 5k. First goal.. check.
                      Next goal: 10k and 5k faster, right?

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                        #12
                        So update...

                        After 2 attempts completed 5K. Ran from football goal post to football goal post in park, just kept counting how many were left. I will do this every couple of weeks ot keep my running up to scratch. Finished cardio trim now that was good and helped with the running i think.

                        I am now looking to build upper body strength, build arm muscles and get that six pack training in.

                        Onward and upwards eh! hope everyone is doing well.

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