All machine routine advice?
Hi all, this is my first post, nice to have found a great site.
Now I know that machines aren't necessarily liked in muscle circles but please bear with me.
I am a 42 year old out of shape guy who has decided to make the change. I haven't done any real exercise for 15 years or so and am a bit nervous about throwing around free weights just yet. My aim IS to move to a free weight routine eventually but I just want to be cautious at present. I am currently 280lbs in weight and so fat loss is a major part of what I want to achieve. I am also type 2 diabetic and so am following a low carb diet in order to maintain low bg levels. I eat lean protein sources and simply steamed veg. I have only been doing this two weeks but have lost over 9lbs already.
My routine consists of the following all body workout routine done twice a week, I also am building up my cardio and doing this three times a week and this consists of 10mins on four separate machines (bike, treadmill, elliptical trainer and stepper). At present the intensity of these cardio exercises is low, but building.
I do the following in this order:
Leg press 3x10
Machine calf raises 3x10
Machine assisted dips 3x10
Lat pull downs 3x10
Converging row 3x10
Sloulder press 3x10
Abdominal machine 3x10
Back extension machine 3x10
I don't do any bench press as I am hoping the dips will take of that. And I know that seems a lot of exercises but I'm taking things easy (still stiff as a board for days later though).
My eventual goal is a simple routine of squats, deadlifts, wide grip pull ups, dips shoulder press and core exercises but just want to build up a little base strength and conditioning first (pullups and dips a long term goal obviously)
I would be grateful for any thoughts on what I'm doing, particularly if I'm doing the exercises in the right order.