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  • 01-26-17, 9:23 am (EST)

    Balance

    January 26, 2017, 9:23 am

    I joined a gym a year ago and have been working with a personal trainer (which I will continue with). In that time, I've lost 91 pounds and 98 inches! I had lost some before that, so I'm at 126 pounds lost total. I have fallen in love with strength training, but I've also started running and biking. I've always been a swimmer.

    My goal is still to lose more fat, but as I go, I'm adding goals to that. I want to do a sprint triathlon this summer (there is a good one near me in August). I want to do some more serious biking. I want to keep moving forward with the lifting I'm doing. I want to do more hiking and start kayaking this coming summer.

    I'm struggling with balancing all of it. To add to the complexity, I am a breast cancer and stroke survivor. I've also had atrial fibrillation and I have a repaired ligament in my ankle.

    I'm looking for input on how to structure my week with workouts, cardio and strength training. Right now, I'm running every other day and lifting at least 5 days a week. My run lengths are increasing to the point where it is difficult to run and lift on the same day, no matter which order I put them in. How often should I be running/doing cardio, compared to lifting? I want it all. Lose fat, gain muscle and strength and move towards my goals.

    Just looking for opinions. I'm absolutely going to talk to my trainer about this when I see her on Monday.

    Thanks!
    Karen

  • 01-30-17, 4:57 pm (EST)

    Balance

    January 30, 2017, 4:57 pm
    Posted by: wabana

    I joined a gym a year ago and have been working with a personal trainer (which I will continue with). In that time, I've lost 91 pounds and 98 inches! I had lost some before that, so I'm at 126 pounds lost total. I have fallen in love with strength training, but I've also started running and biking. I've always been a swimmer.

    My goal is still to lose more fat, but as I go, I'm adding goals to that. I want to do a sprint triathlon this summer (there is a good one near me in August). I want to do some more serious biking. I want to keep moving forward with the lifting I'm doing. I want to do more hiking and start kayaking this coming summer.

    I'm struggling with balancing all of it. To add to the complexity, I am a breast cancer and stroke survivor. I've also had atrial fibrillation and I have a repaired ligament in my ankle.

    I'm looking for input on how to structure my week with workouts, cardio and strength training. Right now, I'm running every other day and lifting at least 5 days a week. My run lengths are increasing to the point where it is difficult to run and lift on the same day, no matter which order I put them in. How often should I be running/doing cardio, compared to lifting? I want it all. Lose fat, gain muscle and strength and move towards my goals.

    Just looking for opinions. I'm absolutely going to talk to my trainer about this when I see her on Monday.

    Thanks!
    Karen

    Hey @wabana!

     

    Amazing progress so far! I am so proud of you, sounds like you have been through a lot but you beat them all!!

     

    I think you need to prioritize things a little more. It doesn't mean you can't still do a bit of everything, but you need to put the most amount of time into one area, which might reduce the amount of time you have for the others.

     

    For losing fat and gaining muscle and strength, that will be about diet and macro manipulation. Probably best to be in a very small surplus so that you can still build muscle and gain strength, with the potential of losing fat through your cardio etc.

     

    Sounds like the triathalon and biking are your main priorities, while keeping up with strength training? On your off days, I suggest you dedicate those to pure cardio, long distance I'm thinking. On the days you lift, maybe take 2-3 where you also do cardio, just not as much.

     

    What kind of program are you following at the moment?

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