rehder wrote:if you want to lose weight you absolutely have to focus on the diet. Find out on how many calories a day you gain, and reduce your intake. Dont cut your protein intake, but make sure you have a wellrounded diet that is low in calories. (Lots of greens and fish is really good as well.) No matter how you lift weights will change your bodyweight if you dont look at the diet. Especially if you gain easily.
Blake_T wrote:cool. how'sit working for ya so far?
Depending on how much _animal_ proteins one gets cutting some of it may be a good thing along with the more important calorie intake. Americans eat a lot of meat and IIRC Blake has suffered from a disease that builds up uric acid in the toe so bad that the slightest movement of a bed sheet over the toe causes howling pain. Don't recall the name of the disease in English ATM. The diet is half the battle. You still need to consume energy so go out to do field practice if hours of swimming or 6 hours of walking 5 days a week doesn't sound palatable. Former competition swimmer you know... And I mean hours of swimming in one go and no slacking in between. Just gogogo no respite. Naturally the pace needs to be slow to keep the heart rate low in order to keep you in the majority of fat burning zone. Raising the heart rate too high will quickly burn the reserve fat which is only few per cents of the entire fat content so you could spend it in a day if you train hard enough and not lose a lot of weight after that. And that's fro the muscles but it'll also cost you in muscle power.
the other big goal is to build core strength and overall flexibility up to hopefully get rid of some mild but nagging lower back pain i've had for many years.
so, the current plan is to alternate between the beginner program with lower reps/higher resistance/slow pace, and the circuit program with lots of reps and a fast pace.
Claytoon wrote:Hopefully no one here actually works for Total Gym....
What about the Weider Total Body Works 5000? It got great reviews (50 of them) on amazon, and is for sale at walmart.com for $140, free shipping to store. It includes the pullup attachment, and a squat attachment. Instead of being able to add weights, it includes 4 elastic cables to increase the resistance up to 50 lbs.
I've been unable to find any Total Gym models over the 1500 model for less than $200.
Blake_T wrote:the bayou total fitness is superior to most of the total gym models (with the exception of the 5-digit model ones). the weider ones, not so much.
According to the bayou website, they manufacture the Weider one. (or are they just a distributer...)
And yes I am only looking at used ones, but I want to make sure I get one that has the wing attachment, would like the squat attachment, and my main concern is I want one that has the weight attachment, to add more weight. So...now I realize that I am primarily looking for the 1700 or above. I've emailed a couple people from Craigslist, as Blake recommended, and am hoping to hear back today.
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