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        09-17-2013, 11:55 AM
      #11
    Foal
    Be sure your diet is correct and you're giving your body enough of what it needs to keep things running. If you're cutting calories too while burning a lot often the body just can't maintain and your weak points are going to break first.

    If you're looking for that fitness instructor toned body and not just skinny you need to stop most of the running (really its only benefit is making you good at running) and start lifting weights, and I'm not talking about little weights over and over again which does absolutely nothing but wear you out. You've got to lift heavy and keep pushing yourself. The end result will NOT make you look like a man, we as females can not physically look like that without the additional intake of testosterone from steroids, trust me I've been doing this for awhile. You will burn just as many calories, your metabolism will increase due to the need to support more muscle, and if you lift correctly old injuries usually disappear as the muscles around them get strong enough to take over all the work and impact.

    But like I said earlier you're going to get nowhere if you're diet isn't good. I'm dating a gym instructor who is also a cook (military), so this is pretty much my entire life.
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        09-18-2013, 02:39 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Have to keep running, for Sandhurst I need to be able to run a PFA (1.5 miles) 14 minutes.

    Fitness standards - British Army Website

    And 50 sit ups in two minutes, and 21 press ups in two minutes.

    And lift jerry cans (thank goodness for lugging water buckets!!)

    I am not attempting to lose weight. I lost enough through an unknown illness at the start of the year, around 7-8KG and my BMI is 20.03. That is good, but I don't want it any lower!

    I could improve my eating habits, there is way too much junk that I eat.. but it tastes so good!!

    I think before I get on to weights and lifts, I will have another physio session. I broke my shoulder riding, so just make sure all is well before I break myself further.

    I have the military physios, but any acupuncture etc I would have to pay for myself. I may be able to swing it by them, however, that I get it through them.

    Jealous, twisted serpent. You have someone to keep you motivated and going! I have to remind myself to get motivated. Once I get in to a routine it will be easier!
         
        09-18-2013, 09:38 AM
      #13
    Foal
    Ah yes, if it wasn't for that run test my BF wouldn't run either.

    The only way for you to get toned then is to lift heavy, you have an advantage most people don't as you don't have to burn though access fat before you start seeing results. You will most likely have to increase your caloric intake, especially your lean protein, so you give your body what it needs to build muscle.

    Remember 80/20, eat good 80% of the time that 20% you can treat yourself, and you will find either those treats no longer taste good, or the opposite they actually become more of a treat instead of a boring part of your diet.

    I also strongly recommend having a trainer show you how to lift properly so you use the correct muscles and not putting and undue stress on injuries, they can probably show you specific lifts to strengthen them. I used to have bad back problems, few months of doing deadlifts properly and my muscles now support the weak area in my spine so now most of the time I don't even remember there's an issue there.

    I find most of my motivation comes from myself, the hardest part is just making that routine. It only takes me 30-45 minutes at the gym just for the lifting part, so real easy to sneak in any time during the day.
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        09-18-2013, 09:45 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
    I am fortunate enough to work with a PTI, so will get on to him!

    I need to. I think I will go shopping with the mother this weekend, and get turkey and chicken in to mix with salads.

    Sounds like a plan, just trying to get meals in that I can make without being tempted by my mother's cooking!

    I enjoy running when I get in to it, but tend to run in wooded areas. I did a 10mile road race and it pretty much killed my back.

    I should take before and duration pictures haha! I have a sixpack.. under a layer of fat ;)

    With winter coming, it will give me something to keep me occupied as well. We have a great gym on camp, and can use that at lunch times or after work.
         
        09-18-2013, 10:25 AM
      #15
    Foal
    Just remember, ignore any advice to lift light weights for more reps, don't even tough anything colored pink or purple, got to lift like a man if you want results.

    My program is a 4 day rotation that's broken down into different muscle groups. One day is back and bicept, then chest and tri, after that comes leg day (you'll probably want to kill me after your first leg day but it is so needed), and lastly core/small muscles. I usually do 4 sets of 8 reps, if I can make it to 10 it means I have to go up in weight. I do about 4 exercises total, I've found that after the 4th I don't have much energy left anyways to do more, and you get close to being in that area where you're just wearing yourself out instead of doing anything productive. The less time you rest between sets and exercises the better too.

    When lifting don't be afraid to eat as much as your body wants, just make sure most of it is good for you. Many people will put on a bit more fat but that's a good thing, come summer if you want to you can start dropping calories and workout just to maintain instead of build, the extra fat will go away and you will be left with a body to die for.
         
        09-18-2013, 10:39 AM
      #16
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TwistedSerpent    
    ...If you're looking for that fitness instructor toned body and not just skinny you need to stop most of the running (really its only benefit is making you good at running) and start lifting weights, and I'm not talking about little weights over and over again which does absolutely nothing but wear you out. You've got to lift heavy and keep pushing yourself...
    Hmmmm...as a life-long runner, I've got to disagree. I spent 4 year not jogging after Mia dumped me & hurt my back...my weight went up, my blood-pressure increased dramatically and my aerobic conditioning went into the toilet. There are other ways to get aerobic conditioning, but aerobic conditioning is very important to your overall health. Walking takes longer, but walking briskly 4 miles gives much of the advantage of jogging 4 miles. Jogging does have a tendency to tighten muscles that need to be loose for good riding, though.

    I have no objection to lifting weights, but I'd be wary of lifting heavy to push yourself. I know too many older guys who had to give up lifting after too many injuries. Something I think works well as a compromise is to start a set with a heavier weight, then as you start to tire, drop to a lighter weight (50%?) and continue until you cannot lift it. That way you work to failure, but you are much less likely to lose control and tear something that wasn't meant to be torn.

    There are also books on bodyweight exercises. You can do a lot of toning without ever touching a weight.
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        09-18-2013, 10:44 AM
      #17
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TwistedSerpent    
    Just remember, ignore any advice to lift light weights for more reps, don't even tough anything colored pink or purple, got to lift like a man if you want results...
    Lift "like a man", and you may end up looking like an old man in 20 years. Working to failure works, making a genuine effort works, but the 55 year old guy in me thinks people should be more careful with their joints.
         
        09-18-2013, 10:49 AM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bsms    
    Lift "like a man", and you may end up looking like an old man in 20 years. Working to failure works, making a genuine effort works, but the 55 year old guy in me thinks people should be more careful with their joints.

    Nothing to save my joints now ;) Too many riding accidents!
    I knew an SA girl, freak runner. I say that with fondness. She ran her PFA 1.5 miles in 6mins and 40 seconds.. and said that was slow for her.

    I need to running, I am not particularly fond of it right now because I am starting up again.

    Diet is a big thing for me, and I am not looking at competing at body building championships.. but being fit and healthy will be a great benefit. I am not wanting to over do it.

    A family friend of ours is 49, HUGE runner.. and knees are just about gone.

    But people who do weights.. yeah.

    I think a bit of everything in mediation is good for you. But you have to know when to stop. Pushing yourself to go further is fine, so long as you aren't stupid about it. You have to have the mentality to go for that extra rep or lap and push a bit further without breaking.. and I need to get to that. My body just likes to break as soon as I look at my trainers :S
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        09-18-2013, 10:58 AM
      #19
    Foal
    Running/jogging is good for you, but as said before it can be a lot of impact and may not particularly help old injuries. I'm not saying to avoid running or anything aerobic, but the goals the OP stated running alone isn't going to get her there besides having a very toned heart.

    Most who are injured are so due to improper lifting usually because they were trying to lift more then what they should. Many guys obsess too much about lifting the most, especially when there are other males around, so they through safety out the window and use parts of their body they shouldn't to help throw weights around, or they refuse to back down when their body tells them to, you really do have to be totally intune to yourself when doing it.

    To me working to muscle failure is going a little too far and may be another source of where injuries happen. I want to be able to push through just a couple more when I'm done. IF you cannot control a weight through your set depending on what you're doing you either need a spotter, or its too heavy for you and you need to back down until you are strong enough too. When I say to push yourself, I mean lifing as much as you can safely while using the correct form and muscles.

    Nah lifting like a man wont make her look like a man, you get that from bad health and heavy smoking. With the right instruction, right form, and right diet, she's going to retain her youthful looks for 20+ more years, unless she starts taking steroids, then she will start looking like a man, but at least she wont look like an old man for awhile.
         
        09-18-2013, 11:01 AM
      #20
    Foal
    And bodyweight exercises are great, you may not be picking up a weight but that's because you're using your own weight instead.
         

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