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Forever Fit with Wendy

by Wendy Chant, Nutrition Science
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As a former bodybuilder who went on to own a gym, I have spent more than my share of time around weight machines and the one thing that always amazes me is how people will take a perfectly effective, scientifically designed, thoroughly adequate exercise machine and adapt it thinking "more is more."
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"More is more" is one of the worst philosophies to have when exercising. When you do it right, less is actually more -- less time, less effort, less weight, less often.

That's IF you follow the rules and give it your all each time.

Unfortunately, everyone is so busy multi-tasking in every other part of their lives -- eating while in the car, taking a conference call on your morning commute, with multiple windows open on every computer screen -- that we naturally think we must do the same at the gym.

So I see people barely using any weight and trying to perform an exercise while talking on the cell phone. They use the gym more as a time to socialize than for what they are meant to do there: lift weights! While others do the same workout every time (with no break in the routine), they come in and go down the circuit of machines in the same order and then decide, "Well, that's it; workout's over and I feel good! Time for a post-workout smoothie!"

Resistance training (free weights, stationary weight machine, etc.) can be a fabulous way to build muscle, boost your metabolism, increase toned muscle mass and increase your overall health. Likewise, cardio exercise (Stairmaster, exercise cycle, treadmill, etc.) can increase your heart rate, burn fat and expend calories quickly.

So naturally, you might think, combining the two is the surest way to both build muscle and burn fat, get your heart rate up and expend lots of calories fast. But, in fact, doing more when it comes to resistance and cardio actually produces less results. That's because when exercising you should put like with like.

In other words, a great resistance workout can produce much better results when you concentrate purely on resistance, focusing on the tension of the weight, the number of sets and reps, really feeling the burn and completely ...    Continue

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@ 9:30am ET on June 8, 2009
Having worked with Wendy for 3 years now, I can tell you that what she says really works and makes a lot of sense. I used to think that it if I put the resistance high on the cardio machines, I would burn more calories. Being pear-shaped and obsessed about the size of my butt and thighs my whole life, I never gave it a thought that the sweat-pouring workout I was doing was counterproductive to resolving my "issues". Using Wendy's methods, I have gone from a size 10-12 to a 4! Trust me, and try Wendy's way for the best results.

@ 1:31pm ET on April 30, 2012
wow thanks for this wonderful advice...im planning now to go to gym this month and now somehow this will challenge me..im looking to lose wait and back to same shape again...GOD Bless You and more power!!!
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