Originally Posted by magnolia1973
Sorry, just group quoting as in a rush...
Originally Posted by DoraV
Okay, I'm certainly no expert on all this, but I'd like to share my experience over the last three months for what it's worth.
initially started working out moderately - sprinting, walking, swimming, going to a cross fit style class at the gym once a week. Felt great, and as my fitness levels rose I started doing more and more intense exercise like the cross fit style class.
Pretty much instantly, I noticed a big change in my arms. I've always had thin arms, but suddenly they were starting to look really bulky. I thought it was muscle, and that the fat would come off. Then I thought I might be retaining water in them. Now, after two months of intense workouts, I realise that it's fat.
I'm pretty sure that all the intense cardio, and high rep at low weight actually gave me more body fat than when I started. I didn't really notice because my hips and legs are slimming up, but I kept noticing that my face was "puffy" after workouts, and then there was the arm thing...
Also, Magnoila - the horse riding. Since starting these workouts, my yoga has suffered A LOT. I'm stronger, but my mobility is completely shot, compared to what it used to be - particularly in the hips. That could be why riding has become painful for you.
This was my workout for the last two months.
Mon: Lifting + 1km treadmill walking @incline
Tues: Power Pump class (similar to Cross Fit) - one hour: intense; teaching yoga: 75 mins.
Wed: Step aerobics - 30 mins: very intense (cardio); lifting dumbbells and core work: 30 mins: intense.
Thurs: 90 mins yoga (intense)
Fri: Swimming (currently 726 metres = .45 miles)
Sat: Power Pump- one hour: very intense (cardio + lifting + core); Dance aerobics - one hour: moderate intensity (cardio)
Sun: Day off / walk.
Looking at it now I can see I was overdoing it, with the wrong kind of stuff. I'm changing it up now - taking out all the cross fit style stuff, and the aerobics, replacing with swimming, heavier lifting and more yoga. We see what that does...
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