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Is This Workout Normal For A 17 Year Old?

Postby Blagdon » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:25 am

Im 5'8" and weigh 161 pounds, so im slightly overweight. Im not looking for a toned body or anything im just trying to burn a lot of body fat. I have weight lifting and cardio on alternative days. For each weight lifting exercise i do two sets. I lift approximately 90-100 pounds on the seated chest press, 50 pounds for the benchpress, 12.5-15 pounds on each hand for biceps and triceps lift, 30-60 pounds on the triceps curl. 60-70 pounds on the lat pull down and a light 20-30 pounds on the pec and rev curl machine. Plus during cardio days i cycle for 30 minutes on alternate resistance of 5 and 4 (I manage to burn 310-320 calories) and I use the cross trainer for approximately 20 minutes and burn approximately 200-300 calories. I also do yoga on both days. Is this too much/less for a 17 year old?
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Is This Workout Normal For A 17 Year Old?

Postby Einian » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:32 am

You won't burn many calories with strength training because the muscles are too small and the duration of exercise too short of necessity. And, exercise is not the key to burning fat anyway.

The key to fat loss is not exercise, it's diet.

Any exercise will burn calories but no exercise will burn fat unless your diet allows it. You can burn fat in your sleep or you can run all day and never burn any fat. It all depends on your diet.

Fat loss is determined by calorie control, not by exercise. Good exercises for burning calories are speed walking, biking, swimming, dancing, etc. and ANY other physical activity which makes you move a lot of weight for a long time. But NO exercise is good for burning fat if you eat too many calories because you can always eat more calories than you can burn but you can't always burn as many as you take in.

Too many people waste energy and time because they do not understand this one simple point. The result is too often giving up in frustration, abandoning gym memberships they continue to pay for, and many other unnecessary problems not the least of which is a lack of success.

An average person must walk about five miles every day for a week to burn the calories equivalent to a pound of body fat. So, unless you think walking about five miles a day (or doing an equivalent amount of exercise) with no guarantee of fat loss makes sense, focus your fat loss program on diet.

Diet for fat loss. Exercise for fitness.

If you're in a fat burning mode, then all you have to do to burn more fat is walk far and long. You'll burn faster if you use the big muscles (glutes, legs) but you need to use them aerobically (no sprints).
You can use commercial gym equipment like stationary bikes, ellipticals, etc. but don't believe what the machines tell you you've burned. They are almost always high because it helps sell equipment and because they include the BMR portion of the burn.

Do Yoga is you want to but it's not good for your body. Same for running and stretching. Those are common misbeliefs.

To find out how the best minds in nutrition in the world (at the US NIH) have recommended for decades we lose fat, read my answer about how to lose fat --> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;...

Good luck and good health!!


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