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Real Life Nutrition Questions Answered

Real Life Fitness Questions Answered

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Janet Aylott
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Kelly Marshall
Fitness Consultant

Q.

How should I equip my home gym?

Hi Kelly, I go to the gym 5 times a week. At my gym I do; 1 class of Zumba 1 class of Body Conditioning. Gym sessions X3 In the 3 sessions in the gym, I have 2 routines. I tend to do 20 minutes on the Stairmaster (speed intervals), 20 minutes on the treadmill (5 minutes walking, 5 minutes running and repeat) 20 minutes on the Cross trainer (interval training). The next session I do 10 minutes on 6 pieces of Aerobic machinery (treadmill, wave machine, epilator, cross trainer etc). I also once a week, do an hour of weight training (set by a Personal trainer) Does this routine sound okay? Or would you advise something else? I tend to get pretty bored in the gym, so any advice would be great. Lastly, I am going to equip my new house with a gym. What would equipment would you advise?

A.

Our expert says...

Hi,

Your current routines sound good as you are achieving a good combination of variety with cardiovascular and prescribed weight training. By doing these gym sessions together with Zumba and body conditioning you are targeting all aspects of fitness and minimising the risk of injury from repetitive stress so a big well done!

In terms of setting up a home gym I would strongly suggest you choose at least one cardiovascular machine (X-trainer / rower / treadmill) based on your personal preference and then adjustable free weights. If you had the space / capability I would also suggest you consider investing in a Swiss ball and / or a TRX suspension system as these excellent training tools add another dimension to exercise and allow you to involve more muscles, burn more calories and target your core stability in an advanced way.

Hope this helps,

Kelly

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