Feel free to add suggestions of your own,too...
meltnureyez2nite:I can't get my inner thighs toned!I do leg exercises every time I hit the gym and 40 minutes of cardio and I've been working out for five months.Any suggestions?
Gunnar:"First of all,what you're doing isgreat.Take a moment to recognize that.It sounds to me like you need to use bigger dumbbells to get those smaller legs.Try increasing the weights you're lifting,and maybe reducing the time between your sets.The heavier weights will stimulate more and deeper muscle fiber to tone up.Again,what you?re doing is great--stay with it!"
(from Sunny:Oh,and try Gunnar's kick-asship-and-thigh audio workout.It's pretty amazing.)
Jessica_sue:I swear I'm doing everything righ--eating right,exercising--and the scale still seems to not be budging.A couple months ago I was averaging 3 pounds lost a week,easy.According to my BMI,I'm still "obese" so it's not that I'm getting too thin.Is there anything else I can do?I heard that increasing calories works for getting out of plateaus,but I'm kind of uneasy about doing that...Help please!
Gunnar:"Increasing calories can work,decreasing calories can work,taking an extra day off can work,or doubling up on your cardio one day can work.Mixing it up is usually the key to breaking through the plateau.Maybe you could retire the scale for two weeks--try training and eating on instinct and then check in with the Toledo or Tanita.The fact that you're this tuned into your program is great.Don?t let the pesky scale slow your progress or numb your drive!"
(__from Sunny:__The thing that's gotten me through a plateau is cardio.I added a fourth day and started losing again right away--which is probably what I should do again!)
holly_m:I have been using the weight machines at my gym for a little over a month now. I usually do 2 sets of 8 reps per machine. I am finding that the weight is getting a little too easy. Should I increase the weight,reps or sets?
Gunnar:"Life is full of choices...Depending on your goals,you can add reps per set (up to 15),or an extra set (if you have the time),or you can increase the weight (unless you sacrifice form when doing so).Or,you could mix it up a different way each time you go into the gym.Play with the workout,listen to your body,and make sure you still enjoy it because that?s the key to sticking with it."