1. How long should I rest between work outs that use my entire body?
Resting time between working out the entire body is normally 48-72 hours. Remember when you are working out you are breaking down muscle tissue. Take the proper amount of time to recover so you can progress instead of regress.
2. How long should I do cardio for? Should I do it before or after strength training?
The length of a cardio a person should do is relevant to the goals they have set for themselves. The length of cardio you do may be long or short. Remember though that no matter how long or short it is you heart rate has to be in the right zone to get the best benefit from your workout. Some experts will say do cardio before and some will say after strength training. It doesn’t matter before or after, as long as you do it, that’s the most important thing.
3. How long should I wait after I eat to work out?
You should at least wait a half hour after you eat to workout. It’s really just personal preference, but remember when you eat, blood rushes to the stomach to help break down the food you just put in your body, and your workout may be sluggish and tiring. It also depends on what you eat. Some foods require more time to be broken down. Larger meals require more time to digest than smaller meals.
4. What is the most effective way to lose weight without spending hours in the gym?
The most effective way to lose weight without spending hours in the gym is to maximize your time while you are there. As they say it is “quality not quantity”. Personal trainers are the most effective way to get the results that you want. They will tailor a program that best suits your needs. They will customize the program by including the three basic needs: Strength training, cardiovascular training and nutrition.
5. What is the best diet to follow?
There is really nothing out there that should be considered the best. There may be some ok diets you could say, but instead of asking that question, you should ask what can I do to lose weight or get into better shape? There is only one right answer to that. Change your lifestyle!
6. Should I run or walk on the treadmill to burn more fat?
Either way will get you the same results, but only if your heart rate is in the right zone to burn fat. Depending on the person you may have to walk or run to get your heart rate to the optimal fat burning zone. Once in that zone you will consistently burn more body fat.
7. How can I flatten my stomach and get rid of belly fat?
This question is one of the most asked question of any. Three things will get the results you are looking for: Strength training, cardiovascular training and nutrition. Strength training will allow you to burn more calories at rest. Cardiovascular training will allow you to also burn calories. Last but certainly not least is nutrition. If you are putting more calories in your body than your body burns off, no matter what training you do you will never see your desired results.
8. When trying to lose weight, is it better to perform low weight, high reps or heavy weight and low reps?
To lose weight it is better to use a moderate amount of weight with high reps. Any time you do strength training you need at least a decent amount of weight to break down muscle tissue unless you are a just starting out in which case even a low amount of weight will break down muscle tissue. To lose weight through strength training you need to do various exercises with minimal amounts of rest to help maintain a high heart rate. Losing weight has little to do with weight or reps and a lot to do with heart rate.
9. Why isn’t the scale moving even though I work out for over an hour a few times a week?
There are many ways to answer a question like this and all answers are correct. One answer is muscle weighs more than fat so the weight might be the same or even go up but you should see a difference in your measurements.
Another correct answer could be that your heart rate is not in the right zone. Instead of burning fat you are just burning sugar the whole time.
10. Why is it more effective to work with a personal trainer?
A personal trainer is able to ask questions and find out what is most important to you and what changes you would like to see in your body. They can show you exactly how to use the machines, the right amount of time for cardio and include core training as a way to balance your body. It also gives you someone to push you in the right direction and not let you cheat on your workout routine.