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Feb 19, 2019 10:59pm
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worked out for almost an hour yesterday (logged 6800steps(a personal best)) but my legs and thighs feel like rubber today. Didn't stop me from getting in almost 5000steps before noon (booyah 💪) I want to keep up the momentum but am unsure if I should workout today or make today a rest day. Being that I'm just getting back into fitness I figure most days I'm going to be hurting somewhere, so sore muscles shouldnt be a deciding factor should they?

I guess today could be an arms day but how do I get in my cardio?

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Feb 26, 2019 1:19pm
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Cardio is good, but not exactly necessary.

To lose fat, you have to burn more calories than you eat.  Most people know that the eating part of that equation is the most important part. Cardio is just bonus. You could lose all the weight you wanted and not exercise a bit.

But with strength, with muscle building, and all the functional and metabolic benefits that come with it, it actually IS necessary to exercise. So, if I had to prioritize my workouts, strength training would always come before cardio.

My recommendation: instead of "arm day" which is usually biceps and triceps, go for the bigger muscle groups with an "upper body day." Do chest and back. Things like dumbbell bench press and cable rows. Or if you have access to a trx, chest press and low row. That way you'll still hit the biceps and triceps, but get way more out of also hitting the larger muscles of the chest and back. Remember to keep your back straight, especially in the rows. Use the arms and upper back to pull through, and don't bend and pull through the low back.

Have a good workout!

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Mar 4, 2019 9:57am
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If your legs feel like rubber I, personally, would take a few rest days, maybe longer like a week or so, it depends on various factors like your physical condition

IWhen I was training for triathlon at the end of a session (swimming, biking, running for example), I would barely be able to walk. That for me would not be a moment the next day to log a lot of hours, but instead physically rest and nutrition.

Less is more sometimes, and having a steady schedule can work better then going full on. Not judging or preaching, just speaking from personal experience

You might want to lower the intensity of such a training, and not go so deep. On the other hand sometimes I like to have fun and just go all out, however I do try to listen to my body and what it says, and not train for time for example.

Finding the right balance is one of the tougher things for me, and something that for me changes, depending on circumstances. For me it is often navigating that and finding exercise that works with that. Sometimes I can just do more in a training than others, focussing on long term goals can be tough sometimes, but possibly worth it

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