So...I bought an Arc Trainer

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I like those! They remind me of those ski glider machines. Nordictrack? My favorite machine is the $7000 (ha ha, way out of my budget) Procor elliptical, but this would be my 2nd favorite. Nice color.


Get some fans. :)

I have a used Epic elliptical that obnoxiously beeps at me if I have to jump off for a second and attend to the oven timer going off.
 





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I like those! They remind me of those ski glider machines. Nordictrack? My favorite machine is the $7000 (ha ha, way out of my budget) Procor elliptical, but this would be my 2nd favorite. Nice color.


Get some fans. :)

I have a used Epic elliptical that obnoxiously beeps at me if I have to jump off for a second and attend to the oven timer going off.
Very similar to the ski glide.
The machine allows you to adjust the height of the pedals. Lower inclines are glide, middle incline is similar to a runners stride and higher inclines replicate a stair climber. The resistance ranges from 0 to 100.

I can do the 100 resistance. Got my heart rate up to 182 bpm.
Needless to say I was pretty exhausted from the intense workout in the heat. But I push myself like that.

I got that for $2000 making monthly payments. Cleaned and serviced to be like new. The machine runs good
 





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Oooooff. That looks expensive. We have these at the gym, in all sorta shapes and sizes and theyre awesome! If I had enough energy I'd totally be on one but I have to sit bc I get fainty. What did this f***er cost?
 





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Oooooff. That looks expensive. We have these at the gym, in all sorta shapes and sizes and theyre awesome! If I had enough energy I'd totally be on one but I have to sit bc I get fainty. What did this f***er cost?
It was a little under $2000 USD.
Monthly payments for 12 months which is affordable on my end, that’s why I bit down and bought it.
 





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i dont think exercises that jack up your heart rate are all that good for you.
resistance training is fine.
JMO.
It’s not good to jack up your heart rate too often. But hiit twice a week is fine.
The heart, like any muscle does need a rest from high bpm’s and can become overworked. It’s all about finding balance.

I’m a fan of both cardio and weight training. As I get older, I listen to my body more if I’m achey, fatigued etc
 





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It’s not good to jack up your heart rate too often. But hiit twice a week is fine.
The heart, like any muscle does need a rest from high bpm’s and can become overworked. It’s all about finding balance.

I’m a fan of both cardio and weight training. As I get older, I listen to my body more if I’m achey, fatigued etc
Hey, just out of curiosity, do you have any good resources or advice for those looking to lose fat and gain muscle? Not too much muscle, but I don't want to be "average fat" or "skinny fat" and, well, I am. Not looking to be 20% or less body fat, not that there's anything wrong with that and I admire those who are, but would like to go down a little bit. Plus, reasonably fit people are often happier. It's a good thing. :)
 





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Hey, just out of curiosity, do you have any good resources or advice for those looking to lose fat and gain muscle? Not too much muscle, but I don't want to be "average fat" or "skinny fat" and, well, I am. Not looking to be 20% or less body fat, not that there's anything wrong with that and I admire those who are, but would like to go down a little bit. Plus, reasonably fit people are often happier. It's a good thing. :)
https://www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/the-7-simple-muscle-building-habits

This should give you a general direction.
1-5 reps = strength
6-12 reps = hypertrophy/bulk/muscle building
12+ reps is endurance and basically the weight is too light.


Generally, people respond well to a 6-12 rep routine with 3 to 4 sets, about 3 minute rest between sets. Be careful not to push too hard as most hypertrophy routines are high volume which will build endurance but can and will probably fatigue you by week 3 or 4. But after that if nutrition, rest and all the habits away from the gym are healthy, you’ll see results.
 





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https://www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/the-7-simple-muscle-building-habits

This should give you a general direction.
1-5 reps = strength
6-12 reps = hypertrophy/bulk/muscle building
12+ reps is endurance and basically the weight is too light.


Generally, people respond well to a 6-12 rep routine with 3 to 4 sets, about 3 minute rest between sets. Be careful not to push too hard as most hypertrophy routines are high volume which will build endurance but can and will probably fatigue you by week 3 or 4. But after that if nutrition, rest and all the habits away from the gym are healthy, you’ll see results.
Thanks. Getting more rest is something I need to do. Have noticed that with increased workouts I need more rest.
 





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https://www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/the-7-simple-muscle-building-habits

This should give you a general direction.
1-5 reps = strength
6-12 reps = hypertrophy/bulk/muscle building
12+ reps is endurance and basically the weight is too light.


Generally, people respond well to a 6-12 rep routine with 3 to 4 sets, about 3 minute rest between sets. Be careful not to push too hard as most hypertrophy routines are high volume which will build endurance but can and will probably fatigue you by week 3 or 4. But after that if nutrition, rest and all the habits away from the gym are healthy, you’ll see results.
Also got some inspiration from these videos:


Everyone looks incredible at the end in this video, plus I would like Claire's cookbook. The healthy food she makes looks great.

I tend to love cardio so doing cardio is no problem.

Btw, had no idea that the Arc trainer could be adjusted to do so much. That's a good buy! :)
 





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Also got some inspiration from these videos:


Everyone looks incredible at the end in this video, plus I would like Claire's cookbook. The healthy food she makes looks great.

I tend to love cardio so doing cardio is no problem.

Btw, had no idea that the Arc trainer could be adjusted to do so much. That's a good buy! :)
Yeah the arc trainer is pretty versatile. I have no problem with cardio either. I still train similar to my sport days, studying a bit kinesiology and health sciences in college, seeing my pops develop diabetes and having a kid made me more aware and motivated to take my health serious.

There’s no set in stone approach to working out.
Follow general guidelines and tweak them around to your needs/wants fitnesss wise.
 





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Thanks. Getting more rest is something I need to do. Have noticed that with increased workouts I need more rest.
Rest and calories. If you can take in quality calories.
It’ll help your body repair faster with the vitamins/minerals/antioxidants to boot