ok, so my main goal is weight loss. i've read over and over that you should do cardio and lift weights.
This is exactly what you are doing.
i don't understand how doing these four exercises each day is more demanding.
The best way to learn this is to do it. You won't argue after you try.
you say replace the pull up with the pull down. got it. i'm also gonna replace the bent over rows with seated rows. is that ok? i'm concerned about my lower back.
Seated rows are another good choice.
i've read to let your muscles rest. squats, lunges, step ups all work the quads...how is that resting the muscle? how is that not working the same muscle on consecutive days?
Day 1 in the above example might be Monday, then Day 2 Wednesday, and then on Friday Day 1 again. The following week do day 2/day1/day2.
There is a lot of overlap in muscles worked in a lot of the lower body movements. This is OK. Just start out with weight you can handle comfortably and build up your work capacity over the next 6 weeks.
i understand that doing bench presses also involve the triceps. therefore, is there no need to work the triceps individually? same goes for pulldowns and rows, biceps are worked a little, so is there no need to work out the biceps?
Your goal is fat loss. For fat loss you don't need to isolate biceps or triceps. If you really want to you can add a couple of sets for biceps and triceps at the end of the workout, but do the main exercies first.
when i do rows and lat pulldowns i isolate my back muscle using my biceps minimally. should i use so much weight that i will require the help of my biceps to move the weigth?
How can you isolate your back. It's not really possible regardless of the weight you lift. And whether you 'feel it' in the biceps or not is irrelevant. It is not really indicative of anything.
i try to use good form so i don't get hurt, part of that requires me to use less weight, otherwise i start using other muscles to be able to complete an exercise.
This is a good idea. Always choose good form over more weight. But do try increase the weight from workout to workout.
am i missing something?
You are just learning.
the tone of this email is not sarcastic, although upon rereading it, it might come off that way, but i just want to clarify that it's not. i really am confused. thanks again.
You are not allowed anymore questions until you report back on your exepriences in the gym with the above workout (or whatever you choose to do) :)