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2006/07/06 21:16:35 (permalink)



i've been told that during cardio i should try and keep my beats per min @ 127 as this is the best level for me to burn fat....is it true? ive been doing cardio for an hour at this level but it feels pretty easy, it doesnt feel taxing at the time although afterwards i just wanna sleep

how does this theory fit in with HIIT??

as usual so much conflicting info from different people is leaving me confused!

my aims in brief.....to be lean but biuld muscle (this is brief as i could go on for ever about them!)

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    RE: cardio...bpm 2006/07/06 21:30:26 (permalink)
    OK, first of all to build muscle you need to lift weights; to get lean it's cardio and diet.

    Recommended BPM are very general - when I was a runner I could run at 199bpm for 40 mins when racing, which is supposed to be impossible for a 23yr old at the time.

    HIIT is an advanced form of cardio training involving hi-intensity sprints interspersed with short recovery at lower intensity. Performing HIIT can increase metabolic rate for up to 48hrs, whereas low intensity 'fat burning' cardio tend to increase kcal expenditure only during and for a few hours after the exercise.

    A mixture of both forms is ideal - too much HIIT can lead to overtraining and affect strength for weighttraining.
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    RE: cardio...bpm 2006/07/06 21:36:05 (permalink)
    There's lots of thoughts on bpm, working at a higher intensity burns more calories and following the calorie deficit requirement to lose weight then this will work. The reason for working out at a lower intensity is that the energy used comes primarily from fat and not carb stores but burns less calories. Go with whichever one suits you best IMO. I personally do a mix of everything as I'm not a fan of cardio
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    RE: cardio...bpm 2006/07/07 11:21:03 (permalink)
    cheers folks

    i am lifting and doing cardio, just wanna make sure am getting it right

    sounds like variation is the name of the game....

    thanks again

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