Full Body Fat Loss (Joel Marion) - Worthwhile or not?
This is my first post and thought i'd ask your opinions on a routine i'm about to undertake. I'll start with a little background: I'm a runner more than anything but am unable to run due to a hip flexor injury (a weird injury which basically allows me to do anything but run). In my desperation to keep exercising i've been spending more time in the gym, having been lifting weights casually for the last 4-5 years.
While looking for a program i've stumbled across this site, which has really outlined how little i know, and how much there is to know about strength training. My main objective is to lose body fat, and get leaner. Over the last couple of years i've gone from 15 stone 10 lb to 11 stone 13 lb and i'm 5 ft 7 tall. I'm definately still carrying far too much body fat though and would like to reduce this.
My diet doesn't feel too bad, and at the moment i'm really focussed on reducing fat, so calories are around 1500-1700 per day, i'm probably eating too many carbs for all your liking but that's the runner in me i'm afraid (e.g. day below).
Breakfast: Porridge with soya milk or 1% milk
Snack: banana & apple
Lunch: Flat bread & tuna, with tomato and rocket, LF yoghurt.
Snack: piece of fruit.
Dinner: Salmon, veg, boiled potatoes, yoghurt.
All i drink is water, and no protein shakes.
Anyway I found the routine posted in the title of my thread which consists of 4 strength training work outs a week, 2 designed to increase strength and 2 designed to boost metabolism (link below if you want to see the site where i got the routine). http://web.archive.org/web/20060131002239/www.ruggedmag.com/index.php?type=Article&i=17&a=10
Here's an example by way of summary:
3 x 5 reps 1 minute rest between supersets.
SS1 Bench Press / Lunges
SS2 Bent Over Row / Deadlift
3 x 12 reps 30 seconds rest between supersets. Decrease the load use for all exercises by 10% each time you repeat the superset.
SS1 Military Press / Back Squat
SS2 Lat Pulldown / Sumo Squats
In addition to this i do 1 spinning class a week, and 2 other 1 hour cardio sessions (combo of bike and cross trainer burning an average of 600 cals according to machines).
I have the odd naughty treat at the weekends but predominantly stick to my diet and have been losing a couple of lbs a week for the last few weeks (i'm sure some muscle but my priority is to get leaner).
I'd appreciate any insight or opinions people may have, as I am really just starting to understand the depth there is in this arena.
Wasn't sure whether to post this in beginner or routines so apologies if i've made the wrong choice.