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HIIT - different results on different machines?

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2004/01/08 16:47:33 (permalink)

HIIT - different results on different machines?

Apologies if this has been asked before, but if I'm doing an HIIT session, going all out for 30 secs, then 50% pace for 30 secs, does it matter what the actual machine is that I'm training with e.g. rower/bike/running/cross-trainer, in terms whats most effective, or is it academic as long as I'm putting in the effort?
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    RE: HIIT - different results on different machines? 2004/01/09 00:01:43 (permalink)
    You will get good results with all the machines that you have mentioned if you put the effort in.

    Just like weight training exercises all methods of cardio aren't created equally though and some machines will give better results than others.

    I don't perform my cardio in the gym but a personal favourite of mine is running.
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    RE: HIIT - different results on different machines? 2004/01/09 10:16:32 (permalink)
    I would recommend you dont do HIIT on a treadmill...quite dangerous if you get fatigued on a sprint...best is outside...also would say swimming is brilliant for HIIT and teh elyptical is pretty good as well...
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    RE: HIIT - different results on different machines? 2004/01/09 16:44:45 (permalink)
    Thanks guys, I've been alternating between elliptical and stationary bike, agree that treadmill is dangerous, had a slapstick moment a while back with almost flying off the back of it struggling to keep up the sprint, couldn't get the damn speed down fast enough!
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    RE: HIIT - different results on different machines? 2004/01/13 01:24:07 (permalink)
    I've been using the treadmill, it's got an inbuilt interval program which I tried Sunday. Damn thing nearly killed me, minute on, minute off - that's too shorter break for me. I just end up with a higher and higher heart rate come the end of the 12 mins.

    The damn thing let out a beep like I was clinically dead towards the end because I had a 'high heart rate' (i.e. >170).
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    RE: HIIT - different results on different machines? 2004/01/13 23:38:47 (permalink)
    HIIT is effective by hitting very high heart rates during your explosive bursts.

    The easist way to get your heart rate right up there is flat out sprints. This also has the added benefit of building up your thieghs.

    If you are able to work at 50% of your max in the recovery period, then your not working hard enough in your intense periods. My recovery periods are practically at walking pace, and after 5+ sets you should feel like your lungs are gonna explode!

    Second best IMO is skipping. If you aint used to skipping - try it !!!
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