I just joined this forum, and I have a couple questions that i hope can be answered here. since I?ve started college, the freshman 15 hit me hard. I am 5? 4?, and weight currently 167 lbs. All I want to do is lose some fat (not weight! I read it in the ?New to T-Nation? thread), and tone myself, particularly my abs and chest.
I have been jumping rope and doing simple abs and chest exercises (sit-ups, crunches, etc?). I usually do about 3 reps of 20 pushups and sit-ups, and 2 reps of 1 minute bridges (for those of you who don?t know what a bridge is, its where you lay on your stomach, prop yourself up on your elbows and toes, and hold it for a certain amount of time, while trying to keep your back straight).
I?d like to get back to my high school weight of 150-155 lbs, and get toned. Here are my questions:
I read on here that jogging vs. jumping rope results in different muscle workouts when doing it for strength training as opposed to doing it just for cardio. Will it help me get back into shape and get a decent cardio workout, or would jogging benefit me more, given my current situation and what I want to do? I usually jump rope for about 3 mins, and do 4 or 5 reps, with a 1 min break in-between.
Will it help if I drink those protein shakes that I see people drinking? I?m not looking to build muscle, just tone for right now. I know that protein helps build muscle, but im also wondering if it helps burn fat also well.
To build muscle: more weight, less reps
To tone: less weight, more reps
I am usually tired and sore after I?m done working out. However, the next morning, I?m neither tired nor sore. Maybe a little stiff, but nothing major. Does that mean I?m not pushing myself hard enough? Or is that normal?
Thank you in advance to everyone will answer my questions!