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2003/12/08 11:26:56 (permalink)
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Most effective method of cardio?

I am currently concentrating on fat loss.

I am hitting the CV work with a vengance and getting the results I am looking for, slowly.

I prefer cycling to the running/cross trainer, but at the end of the day Im in this for the results, not to have fun ;) What form of cardio works best for you?

Are the treaders/crosstrainers more effective or am I ok on the bike?

Doing c.17-20miles (about an hour) every weekday evening.
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    rogerthedog
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    RE: Most effective method of cardio? 2003/12/08 12:19:26 (permalink)
    If you prefer cycling stick with it.
    I like the bike because I don't have to concentrate on it. I can watch tv at the same time.
    As far as fat loss goes - I found running stripped the fat off. It was far harder for me, but also not particularly friendly to my joints.
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    CheekyChappie
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    RE: Most effective method of cardio? 2003/12/08 13:21:28 (permalink)
    At the end of the day the greatest predictor of how much fat you will lose is how many calories you burn.

    You say you are not in it to have fun, but if you found you hate the treadmill for example, you are less likely to want to drag yourself down the gym X times a week to do it. There is no point find ing a routine which is 10% more effective, if you are less likely to stick to it. Give the treadmill a go and see how you like it, I find it suits me better because I can burn a lot more calories a lot quicker on it and I am used to it so it is easy. On a bike I find my legs are screaming for mercy even expending half the calories I would on a treadmill so I don't bother with that.

    You sound like you have found an exercise which you enjoy, you can stick to and is getting you results. This is the perfect situation to be in. As I said try other things and if you hate them, don't do them.

    In terms of what kind of routine is best, the evidence definitely seems to support HIIT training. It has the added benefit of making workouts more interesting. Do a search on here there is plenty of info on it.
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    RE: Most effective method of cardio? 2003/12/09 13:50:57 (permalink)
    I always find the running best for fat loss but can be hard and boring on a treadmill and this is not a good time of year to be out on the road. Have you tried spinning / studio cycle classes? 45 minutes goes really quickly and as you're standing, sitting, going up and down hills etc it's a good fat loss workout. I find the male / female split about 50/50 too, it's a good laugh
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    RE: Most effective method of cardio? 2003/12/10 14:52:57 (permalink)
    I always use the crosstrainer now because i get lower back pains running on a treadmill for extended periods of time, although from time to time I will do short jogs on 6-8% incline which are a killer.
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    RE: Most effective method of cardio? 2003/12/11 14:23:23 (permalink)
    If you want to give HIIT a go, try rowing on a concept 2 machine or something like it. Something like

    2 minutes - medium effort
    1 minute - flat out
    2 minutes - medium effort
    1 minute - flat out
    2 minutes - medium effort
    2 minutes - flat out

    If you can't go flat out for a minute try 30 seconds and work up to it, then maybe increase the duration to 15 mins total then maybe 20 mins max

    That's what works for me anyway
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    RE: Most effective method of cardio? 2003/12/12 10:11:01 (permalink)
    Gave a version of HIIT a go last night (the POC version ).

    I prefer the longer cardio sessions, usualy between 45mins to an hour depending what kind of mood I'm in so I tried to take the concept of HIIT into what I was doing. This was on the bike.

    > 10mins @ a steady pace; c.90rpm at a medium intensity level
    > 2 mins @ a very hard pace; c.115/120rpm at the highest intensity level
    > 10mins @ a steady pace; c.90rpm at a medium intensity level
    > 2 mins @ a very hard pace; c.115/120rpm at the highest intensity level
    > 10mins @ a steady pace; c.90rpm at a medium intensity level
    > 2 mins @ a very hard pace; c.115/120rpm at the highest intensity level
    > 10mins @ a steady pace; c.90rpm at a medium intensity level

    The workout felt good, the chill minutes felt good, and the high intensity sessions def felt like they hit the spot, head was down, sweat was pouring kinda thing.

    What do you guys think? Good stuff?

    Cheers

    P
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    RE: Most effective method of cardio? 2003/12/17 08:23:12 (permalink)
    I've always found long running sessions (45min - 1 hr) to be the most effective. I usually bring the mp3 player (dont tell the RIAA) to the gym in the morning and I'm off in my own world. I have recently started rowing though after my weight workouts for 10-15 min. I absolutely love the burn I get from doing it. I can't wait until I can row for an hour, it'll be great!
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    RE: Most effective method of cardio? 2003/12/18 11:21:54 (permalink)
    I tried HIT last night on the cross trainer and I am converted it's a wicked way to train eventhough i felt knackered after the session.
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