Hi everyone, I have lost 25 pounds over the last year or so by diet and excercise!
I am 5'3" and about 115. I lift weights 3 times a week - full body, and I do cardio 30-45 mins 3 days a week and 60 mins twice a week (5 days of cardio per week). I generally do interval training on two of the shorter workout days, and then 3 moderate paced steady jogs on the treadmill with a little incline, or the stair climber or ellyptical, on the other days.
Now my body looks great, but I am going for the gold this summer and I want to show off my abs, however there is a little fat left to trim on my body. At this point my muscles are as big as I want them to get, but I need more definition. I've heard that the "fat-burning" zone is a myth, but I need to try something different at this point. Should I keep on going with my more moderate to fast paced workouts and just aim for a calorie deficit, or do you think there may be some benefit in working out at an easier pace for a longer amount of time? I need to focus on this last bit of fat! I'm sure that once it's gone I'll be able to keep it off - but I first need to get it off!!!! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Oh, and while I'm here, might as well ask a question regarding my weights. I usually lift enough weight so that I fatique by 15 - 20 reps. This is what I've been told is better for defining (as fatiquing between 6-12 reps is for building), --- Well, I am getting big. Is there another method to try so that my muscles stay the same size, but gett more defined? (I don't want to lower the weight, because I've heard it's a waist of time because you won't develop if your not fatiguing by the 15-20 rep - for toning).
Sorry this ended up being so long! Hopefully someone has some advice for me!!!