Strength Training Question
I started exercising at the beginning of Jan. Right now I am just doing fast walking for cardio 5 days a week. I have also (the last couple of weeks) started doing strength training on the machines. I am a woman and just trying to maintain muscle as I lose weight. For now I plan to just do the weight machines twice a week, but eventually want to work up to 3 times a week.
The few times I have done the machines I have just gone through the circuit and done all of the machines on the same day. (3 sets of 10 reps). I have read in the forums that some people recommend doing upper body one day and lower body the next time. If I have 3-4 days in between doing strength training do I still need to split up working the upper and lower body?
I have also seen some recommendations to not even use the machines. For me the machines seem to be the best option. On my arms I can barely do 20 pounds on some of the machines and can't imagine myself trying to do free weights. Why would it be bad to use the weight machines?