Hello! I did one triathlon in June and I want to do another one this coming summer. I know it's still a ways off but I'd like to up my distance and lower my time, and since I'll no doubt be eating plenty during this holiday season, what better time to revamp my fitness routine? Heh.
During the summer, I weight trained 3x a week (full body) and did cardio 5-6x a week. My cardio consisted of either swimming, running, or biking (obviously) or a combination for about 60-90 minutes each time. I would say I spent at LEAST 90 minutes a day on my fitness goals--on days I didn't weight train I would just do more cardio and on days when I did, I just lessened my cardio by a bit.
When the school year started up my workout routine was cut dramatically. I try to get in at least 40 minutes 5x a week. 1 problem has been finances--I had to cancel my gym membership because there was no way I could afford it right now so that makes lifting nearly impossible. I have a small workout "center" in my dorm that consists of 1 treadmill, 1 stationary bike, and 1 eliptical so lately I have just been doing 10-15 minutes on each and rotating.
My workout feel almost pointless to me. I live in the north so winter is on it's way and it's getting too cold to workout outside, not to mention the ice problems.
How can I use my resources to the best of my ability to maximize my results? What kind of training program could I do? What about for strength training? What are some useful routines that involve little or no equipment? I have 5 and 10 lb dumbbells and I am hopefully getting an adjustable set for Christmas (*fingers crossed*.) My only set backs are equipment and time (I don't have 2 hours a day to workout anymore :( heh) I'm also looking to lose some weight--I've put on 15 lbs in the past couple months (a bulk of that during my training--I ate quite a bit) some of that weight IS muscle weight for sure, I actually still fit into my clothes BUT I am flabbier as well. I'm hoping to lose 10 lbs--I think if I can lose 10 lbs of fat that will bring my bf% down to 20 or so, which will be much healthier and also help with my speed.