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27 May 2004

Is running and Supper circuit enough?
I am desperately trying to lose the last 2 extra kgs and tone. I go to gym on average 3 times a week, but all I do is the super circuit and run on the treadmill for 20 minutes. When time permits I do some ab exercises on the satbility ball. Is this enough? I am unable to do the cardio classes regulary as my work hours vary, what else should I be doing?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Keiran

For some people, this would be adequate, for others, a little more might be required, and so it's really hard to say conclusively yes or no to your question.

There are a couple of things that are really important though. The first is your current weight - you say that you are 2kg in excess of your goal, and while it may be possible to lose these last 2kg, you must also realise that there comes a point in weight loss where you approach what might be considered an ideal weight, and any weight that you want to lose over and above this weight is very difficult. Now, if this is the case with you, then to lose these last 2 kg is probably going to require some very large increases in training. in otherwords, you could most likely maintain your weight as it is without changing anything, but to actually cause further loss would possibly require increasing the frequency of training to 5 times a week, and possibly the duration to in excess of 40 minutes per day.

On the other hand, it may be that your weight loss so far has been achieved fairly easily, and in this situation, losing the last 2 kg might require simply that you add one more day per week to the training, or perhaps training 30 minutes a day instead of 20, or modifying your diet ever so slightly. This is something that you basically have to find out by trial and error, so the only thing to do really is to train that 4th day a week, or to run for 30 minutes instead of 20 and see what happens. I have a feeling that if you can make these changes, that you will see a result.

Good luck
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