Random Stuff

I’ve been watching this year’s Biggest Loser – and I really like the way they’ve handled the team setup this year.  I did watch last year, or the year before, but I’m very interested in this year’s group of contestants.

I haven’t been to the gym this week – and I skipped my weigh in Monday.  Don’t worry, I haven’t gone back to my old eating habits!  No, I’ve just been very, very, very busy, and it’s been very, very, very cold here this week.  I promise to get back on the scale this coming Monday – and I’m going to go to the gym this evening.

It’s amazing – and frustrating – just how much information is available about weight training on the Internet.  One site says do 3 sets, one site says do 5, and one site says do 1.  Frankly, for a newbie, it can be a bit overwhelming.  I’m trying to wade through the hype and find the substance, but it can be hard.  (And, each time I encounter a “new” technique, it makes me question what I’m already doing!  Ugh.)

Tonight, I’m going to go for a full two miles, without stopping, and without walking, on the treadmill.  Wish me luck!

2 thoughts on “Random Stuff

  1. I’m not sure what your strength training goals are (build muscle, get stronger, get defined, etc), but I would highly recommend Men’s Health Book of Muscle. (despite the fact that it gets touted like a Time Life special, it really is a good book!)

    It has different programs based on YOUR goals as well as a lot of scientific information about what you need to be eating while training and when, and what to do to burn fat the fastest (in terms of strength training not aerobics). It is also specifically targeted to men unlike most weight loss work out books which really does make a difference.

    Both my husband and my brother have been working out seriously since their late teens (husband is now 37 and brother is 32) and both increased both muscle mass and strength fairly drastically after reading this book within about 6 weeks. They both also lost some weight.

    Good Luck!

  2. Do you have trainers at your gym? Many times they offer an orientation so you can get your quesitons answered. (assuming they are certified trainers). I paid for some sessions with a trainer, and it was money well spent. I learned correct form (and have been complimented on my form by trainers at other gyms), all about reps/sets that were right for my body, my age, etc.

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