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I apologize for the re-post, but I'm really looking for feedback & ways to improve my workout routine. I've edited my previous post a little.

I think I'm working out too much.

I joined a gym in mid-April. Iíve been going pretty much every day since. I can only count a few days that Iíve missed.
My goal is to tone (get rid of the fat/cellulite on my upper legs, firm up my stomach, butt, and hamstrings) and hopefully loose a few pounds in the process. I know I can't spot reduce, but those were my major areas of concern. I'm female, almost 28 years old, I weigh about 125 lbs., and I'm about 5 feet 7 inches tall. I have a 4 year old child, so the pregnancy wreaked havoc on my lower abs, I haven't been able to do anything to get them back into shape (suggestions please!!!!!).

Because of my work & home schedules, I can only go to the gym in the evening after work, and I have to do cardio & weights in the same session. On the weekends, I prefer to go first thing in the morning.

My daily routine is to do 30-45 minutes of cardio Ė usually the elliptical, and weight lifting (approx 30-40 minutes). Until last week, Iíd been doing the cardio first, followed by the weights, but Iíve been reading itís better to do weights first, then cardio Ė so I switched.

I use the elliptical for 30 minutes (5 minute warm-up, followed by 20 minutes of a HIIT format, then a 5-minute cool-down). Then I do 10-15 minutes on either the treadmill at a high incline or I use a machine similar to the elliptical (it looks like an elliptical/stairmaster, it has no arms Ė it seems to really work the glutes/hamstrings). In addition, during the week, I try to walk on my lunch hour at work. I typically do that 3 times per week, for about 2.5 miles each day. That may stop now that it's getting hot.

As far as the weights - one day Iíll do arms (chest press, row, lat pull down, dumbbells for biceps & triceps), the next day I do legs (leg press, leg curl, leg extension, abductor, adductor, and calf raises). I also use an oblique machine almost everyday at the gym, and I do ab exercises when I get home.

I've started doing pilates Ė 20 minutes a day, maybe 3 times per week, first thing in the morning. This worked for me in the past, so I decided to start back up again.

Iíve changed my diet also. I drink LOTS of water. Iím conscious about what I eat during the week, I eat small meals throughout the day, but I do get hungry in the evening after I'm done at the gym, so I might eat a little more when I get home. I'm more relaxed with what I eat on the weekends.

I donít think Iím seeing results, although my husband says heís seeing changes. He also reminds me it will take time. My arms are showing more definition, which is nice. But I think my upper legs are getting bigger - which I don't want. I wanted to slim them.

Any thoughts, suggestions, critiques................

Thanks so much!
I apologize for the re-post, but I'm really looking for feedback & ways to improve my workout routine. I've edited my previous post a little.

I think I'm working out too much.

I joined a gym in mid-April. Iíve been going pretty much every day since. I can only count a few days that Iíve missed.
My goal is to tone (get rid of the fat/cellulite on my upper legs, firm up my stomach, butt, and hamstrings) and hopefully loose a few pounds in the process. I know I can't spot reduce, but those were my major areas of concern. I'm female, almost 28 years old, I weigh about 125 lbs., and I'm about 5 feet 7 inches tall. I have a 4 year old child, so the pregnancy wreaked havoc on my lower abs, I haven't been able to do anything to get them back into shape (suggestions please!!!!!).

Because of my work & home schedules, I can only go to the gym in the evening after work, and I have to do cardio & weights in the same session. On the weekends, I prefer to go first thing in the morning.

My daily routine is to do 30-45 minutes of cardio Ė usually the elliptical, and weight lifting (approx 30-40 minutes). Until last week, Iíd been doing the cardio first, followed by the weights, but Iíve been reading itís better to do weights first, then cardio Ė so I switched.

I use the elliptical for 30 minutes (5 minute warm-up, followed by 20 minutes of a HIIT format, then a 5-minute cool-down). Then I do 10-15 minutes on either the treadmill at a high incline or I use a machine similar to the elliptical (it looks like an elliptical/stairmaster, it has no arms Ė it seems to really work the glutes/hamstrings). In addition, during the week, I try to walk on my lunch hour at work. I typically do that 3 times per week, for about 2.5 miles each day. That may stop now that it's getting hot.

As far as the weights - one day Iíll do arms (chest press, row, lat pull down, dumbbells for biceps & triceps), the next day I do legs (leg press, leg curl, leg extension, abductor, adductor, and calf raises). I also use an oblique machine almost everyday at the gym, and I do ab exercises when I get home.

I've started doing pilates Ė 20 minutes a day, maybe 3 times per week, first thing in the morning. This worked for me in the past, so I decided to start back up again.

Iíve changed my diet also. I drink LOTS of water. Iím conscious about what I eat during the week, I eat small meals throughout the day, but I do get hungry in the evening after I'm done at the gym, so I might eat a little more when I get home. I'm more relaxed with what I eat on the weekends.

I donít think Iím seeing results, although my husband says heís seeing changes. He also reminds me it will take time. My arms are showing more definition, which is nice. But I think my upper legs are getting bigger - which I don't want. I wanted to slim them.

Any thoughts, suggestions, critiques................

Thanks so much!





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