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Question Help with training routine

I am getting a little bored of my 3 day split although I am progressing with it.

My question is : Should I continue doing this or is it time to try something different. I wonder if it is appropriate to have a back/biceps day when I still have quite a bit of overall weight to lose.

My focus is a steady maintainable weight loss + strength building.

Current body fat: 27% (simply a guide. Livestrong calculator)
Current weight: 179lbs (81.2kg) | Target Weight: 150lbs (68.1kg)
Current calorie intake : 1420 | 3 - 4 meals + 2 fruit snacks

Routine for last 6 weeks:
Weight Training: Mon/Wed/Fri
3day split (includes 20 - 25min cardio) : upper body, lower body + full day

*Tues/Thur/Sat: 25min jog 3 days/wk (couch to 5k program)
Sat: 1 hr boxing class


1) sometimes workout days are moved around to accomodate my schedule
2) I get bored easily which can lead to a lack of discipline. I want working out to combat that. And if a 3 day split is most appropriate then I will stick with it and look for more varied versions of it. I don't need to change just for change sake.


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if your bored i suggest change it

or maybe the cardio is making it boring?

maybe switch the jogs to say 10 x 100m sprints. thats a hell of a cardio session :)
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1) sometimes workout days are moved around to accomodate my schedule
ok if you want a 4 day split then i suggest not. if you have to move your training days around to fit 3 session. then 4 would be too much to handle

i think anyways

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2) I get bored easily which can lead to a lack of discipline. I want working out to combat that. And if a 3 day split is most appropriate then I will stick with it and look for more varied versions of it. I don't need to change just for change sake.

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thanks t-gunz.
the cardio is fine for now :) I'm actually beginning to enjoy it.

My eventual aim for cardio is outdoor type activity or HIIT style. I'm working up to it.
Once I am able to run a 5k, then I plan on doing that interval style running you suggest.

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You get bored in the gym, but not w/ cardio/kickboxing?

What about the gym bores you?
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To be honest I think there are different issues at play here:

1) I am a little bored with my routine
2) I'm dissatisfied with my lifting progress. I have fantasies of being a super hero (I am learning to manage my expectations)
3) I also don't like indoor gyms. (a necessary evil in this cold climate)

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I still see cardio as a challenge as I wasn't good at it in the past.
And boxing involves team work and sparring.

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If you are making progress don't switch routines. Don't fix whats not broken :)

Can you outline your routine and also explain what your goals with the strength training is (i.e not a general goal like want to get stronger, but rather what exercises you want to progress in, what muscle groups you want to target or something along those lines).
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My main aim is to lose weight. I still have about 27lbs to lose. But I really enjoy weight lifting and I like to feel strong.

To be honest, I'm not sure if I should be focusing on body parts whilst i'm still trying to drop weight. Its a little confusing.

Muscle groups I would like to target: Shoulders, arms & back

I'm having problems in the following areas:
lateral raises: 5kg is my comfort zone, but 7.5kg kills me.
Deadlifts: Max - 40kg
(I feel my form is off and no matter how I try to correct it, it just doesn't feel right.

Push press: Max - 35kg (need to work some more)
Clean press: I kept trying this but my form was really bad. I kept tipping forward so I stopped temporarily.
Good mornings: poor.
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For a relative beginner its almost always best to do whole body workouts. If you want to try something new read this article I wrote a while ago.

http://www.getnarked.net/forum/showthread.php?t=13804

This one is also great
http://startingstrength.wikia.com/wi...inner_Programs

They are both extraordinarily simple programs, a few heavy compound lifts and absolutely nothing else. But thats is pretty much the best way for a beginner to train before one needs to add exercises like lateral raises etc, pressing takes care of the shoulders until one has added some muscle to them and want to focus on details.

Do you have anyone that coach you about form in the lifts btw? Do you have a video camera or a phone that can shoot video?
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oh. I'm not a beginner to weight lifting, that's part of the problem. I'm bored with beginner programs.
And can't seem to find much for intermediate programs (I'm definitely not advanced ......yet )

Do you have any links or resources for Intermediate level?

There is a power lifter at the gym who helps me out sometimes and even with his help, my body just doesn't want to do clean presses lol. I'm going to have to really focus and work on them everyday

p.s. I have read your article.. great post! :)
appreciate your responses too
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