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Hey all,

I'm eating healthy so thats all good but I needing some help coming out with a successful gym routine.

I'm 5'9'' and 176lbs and my goal is to lose fat and gain muscle. I started going to the gym around 3 months ago, I'd go on the elliptical for 50 min then use the weight machines for about 30min and work a little bit of everything but mostly my legs.

I was talking to a friend the other day and he said I was going on the elliptical for too long and that [B]I should break it down to 25 min of cardio, go do some weights and than finish off with another 25 min of cardio. How often should I switch up the cardio machines so my body doesn't get used to it?

What muscles should I work and when? All at the same time, or only focus on one at a time, only focus on lower body one day then upper body the next?

Also how often should I work out? 3 days a week? 5? [/B]

Can someone please help me, I'm confused and I want to feel confident in knowing that I'm doing things the right way.

Thanks in advance.
A couple of things to think about:

1. Perhaps you can consider other types of cardio that do a whole body workout, such as rowing or swimming. Or save time by getting your cardio by running or bicycling to the gym.

2. If your aerobic fitness is good, you may want to occasionally do your cardio sessions in high intensity interval training (HIIT) -- basically short sprint intervals where you go as hard as you can, with easy short intervals between.

3. On the weights, do not forget your large muscles in your back (pullups, weighted rows) and chest (pushups, dips, bench press).

4. After you give your muscles a hard workout, rest them for a day to give them time to recover (though you can train different muscles on consecutive days).

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