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JOELSP Posts: 295
2/24/10 10:18 P

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@Baseballmom

Yea I could see that, its sort of like a less effective step class or something like that? Not to say that it is bad for anyone who does them, But I would suggest challenging your muscles with some core or upper body work out instead of legs all the time with cardio, and as you said squatting with wii fit. Perhaps a more well balanced approach could see more results.

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2/24/10 9:47 P

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Do something that is lower impact than running and that uses different muscles as running does on your off days, such as cycling, swimming, rowing or strength train.

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2/24/10 8:43 P

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joel:my fav on wii fit plus is he bike riding,competing on the ski slope jump thing with my son it was like doing a lot of squats and fun
not as strenuous as working out but gets you moving on off days

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2/24/10 8:25 P

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I do C25k T, Th, Sat and M,W,F do 25 min elliptical + strength training (40-50 minutes approx 4 sets). I do 15 minutes of core workout from runners world on C25 days. some weeks add in swims (30-40 minutes per session as full body workout - following C25 in the pool).

If you strength train, group your muscles by size. Largest muscle groups are legs, back and chest. Smaller groups forearms, tris, bis, shoulders.

I group Chest, bis, tris, quads - Monday
Complete legs with heavy hamstring work and shoulders on Wed
Back, Forearms, glutes Friday

If training to be a runner use lighter weights and higher reps to build muscle endurance throuhout body.

If training to lose weight/lower body fat recomend picking a weight that is difficult but doable and do 6 reps add 2 reps per week when complete 12 reps drop to 6 and add some weight...

Good luck!

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2/24/10 5:40 P

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well, on the regular Wii fit, I just go through a piece of each: first some yoga, then the aerobics (hula, running, etc) then the strength, etc. until I go through all of them for over 30 minutes. On the EA more workouts that hubby bought me for Christmas, I couldn't tell you yet. Just going to start that one. Then there are some walking dvds etc. I will probably post my little calandar on my blog soon. :o)

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JOELSP Posts: 295
2/24/10 5:35 P

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Which games on the wii do you use to work out? Are they strenuous? I'm quite curious about how effective a work out can be whilst holding a wii controller

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2/24/10 5:26 P

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I just made a calandar of DVDs and incorporated Wii and C25 into it. So, like M, W, F I do C25 with Wii EA,

I don't know how it works out yet, getting ready to try it. But, yes. listen to your body and of course, schedule. :o)

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2/24/10 4:04 P

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I workout with a trainer using free weights mostly.

Tuesday: focus on lower body, squats, lunges, hamstring curls, deadlifts, abductor and adductor. Core and stability work.

Thursday: focus on upper body, bicep curls, tricep extension or tricep dips, lat pull downs, rowing, bench press, military press, chest flies, and cross cable work for the rotator muscles in my shoulders.

you can find some great circuits in Oxygen magazine.

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2/24/10 3:58 P

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I do strength training at least four times a week. I use the machines at the gym and I alternate legs and arms/shoulders/back and do abs everyday. I make sure I do legs on my non-C25K days, since I do the weights before my cardio workout (which revs your metabolism and helps you burn more fat during your cardio sessions).

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2/24/10 3:34 P

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Thanks everyone for all the tips!
Think I'm gonna forget about 30 day shred until I finish the couch to 5k program. And I have been doing a bit of strength training here and there (maybe once a week), but not consistently.

I came up with this schedule, I think it will work well (perhaps a bit ambitious, but I've been sticking to 4 days a week w/o a problem so wanna amp it up):
Monday:C25K*
Tuesday: Strength Training (at least 30 min)
Wednesday: Zumba* (that's when the class meets)
Thursday: C25K*
Friday: Strength Training (at least 30 min)
Saturday: C25K*
Sunday: Rest!
* = Mandatory workouts, no excuses!

What kind of strength training do you guys do? I'm thinking a full body circuit on the weight machines at gym, and ab-work.

Thanks for the help!

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2/24/10 3:06 P

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The programs I looked at had low impact on the alternating days, so things like swimming or a bike would fit it. Just anything that won't brutalize your joints, so walking on a soft track could count.

I have found a Stairmaster or Rebook step do NOT mix well with running.

Netflix has some things like Yoga for Runners, but it sounds like you were looking for cardio ideas.


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JOELSP Posts: 295
2/24/10 2:57 P

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It looks like your doing mostly cardio, you might want take a day to do some weight training.Its the best way to see improvement in your C25k.

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2/24/10 2:29 P

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I usually do C25K on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and I'll do strength training and maybe another fun DVD on Tuesday and Thursday to make sure I'm exercising enough. I love the Dirty Dancing Offical Workout, and the Dancing with the Stars workouts too :)

I have 30 day Shred, and I couldn't combine it with C25K either!

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2/24/10 2:18 P

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I work out six days a week. My schedule looks like this:

Monday: Run
Tuesday: 1 hr. strength training
Wednesday: Run
Thursday: 1 hr. strength training
Friday: Off
Saturday: run
Saturday: Core work and Stability

When I was running less miles, I needed additional cardio. It is preferred that you use an exercise bike, row machine, cross trainer or elliptical. The only thing I would caution about using the 30 Day Shred on your non-run day is that the jumping jacks and rope skipping mimick a lot of the same movements as running and use the same muscle groups. This may be too much impact and strain and could potentially lead to an over use injury. If you are looking for a DVD type workout that you could do on your non run days, consider pilates, yoga, mat work or any of the Spark bootcamp strength videos. Enjoy!

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2/24/10 2:13 P

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I did other workouts on my off days when I was completing the C25K program. I found that I couldn't do C25K and 30 Day Shred. I ended up doing Wii Fit and a at home cardio dance video or stationary bike and walking on the treadmill on my days off. You just have to listen to your body and see what it can handle on off days without causing you problems on your C25K days.

~ Kristin

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2/24/10 1:52 P

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Hi all,
So I'm on Week 5 (finished Day 1) of C25K, but struggling making a schedule to combine that with other excersize, since it is only three days a week. What kind of schedule of other workouts do you guys do? I know the 3x/week is to have days of 'rest' in between, but is it ok to do other types of excersize? I've been doing Zumba 1 day a week, so thats 4/7 days, but I'd like to work out 5/7 days at least.

I have the 30 day shred, which I'd like to incorporate, but the one time I did it and couch to 5k the next day i got mild shin splints and had to rest for 2 days. Has anyone else combined these two programs with good results? Any ideas of how to schedule it so that I'm not dying during my runs (considering they're getting harder every week)?

Any advice would be great!
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