Alternative cardio? I hate spending 45 minutes on a treadmill.

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  1. ZeeMox

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    I'm on week 7 in the cut diet, and feel pretty good having made it this far, but I just can't stand 45 minutes of the low intensity cardio. It's boring and completely de-motivating. Not to mention, a lot of sources (including F&N) are now saying that HIIT is not the horrific muscle-eater that everyone previously thought?

    All I know is I'm never going to stick with this for another 9 weeks if I have to do 45 minutes of cardio a day, and oddly enough, the diet is the fucking easy part. Just can't stand that massive, unpleasant, un-challenging waste of time.

    I've been thinking about trying an indoor rock climbing gym. Are those pretty good cardio? :dunno: Looks fun.
     
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    no...climbing is not very much cardio...go run outside or use the stair machine

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    Well what I'm saying is that my current workouts are boring and take nearly an hour - what's the difference between switching to a stairmaster and just turning up the intensity on the treadmill?

    Ultimately, I'm mostly worried about muscle loss. The last thing I can afford at my size is to lose muscle.
     
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    HIT works pretty good for me, 15-20 minutes and you're done. As well, doing boxing/kickboxing rounds is an excellent form of cardio.
     
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    I don't know anything about boxing or kickboxing, but I'm interested. Would just picking up a martial art like Muay Thai (sp?) or something be the same? There's a dojo or something right near my gym that teaches that.

    And how do you do your HIIT? 30 seconds running/30 seconds jogging throughout? That kind of thing?
     
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    Road biking FTL. Doesn't get my heart rate up at all, and you have to stop for lights all the time.
     
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    doesn't get your heart rate up? are you serious?
    that's the elevation profile (green) and heart rate (red) graphs from my last bike ride...
     
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    I've been studying self-improvement/motivational topics during my cardio sessions. I switch between these two activities....

    1. read a book
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    2. listen to an audio cd and take notes

    I find that my productivity in the gym is now doubled. Mentally and physically. I look forward to cardio every morning now. :bigthumb:
     
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    Glad it works for you :dunno: I didn't have a car for about 4 months last year so I biked everywhere I went. I don't think I'm dreaming. I switched jobs at one point and had a bike ride that was 90% uphill one way, but I have no reason to go there anymore since I switched contracts again since then to a place that's 2 blocks away. And as long as I'm going to bike nowhere, I might as well just run nowhere :hsugh:
     
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    Intervals (sprints, bike, elliptical, jump rope)
    Barbell complexes
    Bodyweight circuits
    Strongman medleys
    GPP stuff (sled dragging, sledgehammer swings, etc.)

    Also use unilateral exercises, supersets, and giant sets in your weight routine.
     
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    I've tried this book reading thing you speak of. I have yet to find an exercise where I can efficiently do this.

    Listening to an audio cd is plausible, but ahh... again with the note taking, what machine are you using that grants you this ability while still getting a decent workout?
     
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    I have never heard of any of the things I bolded :eek3: Time to hit the gewgle.

    Bodyweight circuits = circuit training with only bodyweight exercises though, I assume.
     
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    i guess :dunno:

    it works for me and with my bike computer, i can keep track of everything (see above), so it's also a really good motivator

    just thought i'd offer a suggestion
     
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    What bike computer do you use? That readout is actually pretty badass :eek3:
     
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    This week i have been on the elliptical but i normally do this on the bike. You are doing liss right? Sometimes i get my heartrate up first by alternating a higher level of resistance and pedaling speed....kinda like HIIT. Within 4 minutes i am at my target HR (125-135bpm). From there i can cruise the rest of the way and just read or note-take.

    For the note taking i sit on the bike machine that allows you to lean forward and grab the bars cyclist style. I have a brown leather clip folder that i can rest on the console of the bike. I got it from officedepot for $6.
     
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    in for answer. :x:
     
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    once your body adapts to a certain activity, you burn less calories doing it
     
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    These are what I would suggest. They are the most fun for me.
     
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    it's got all kinds of shit... if you want, you can even "race" against a virtual you (if you ride the same route), but i haven't played with it too much yet
     
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    There's a really cool series of studies in the comments under that article.

    The studies:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/...uids=16825308&query_hl=10&itool=pubmed_docsum
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/...uids=16469933&query_hl=10&itool=pubmed_docsum
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/...uids=15705728&query_hl=10&itool=pubmed_docsum

    Looks like HIIT is the way to go. They call it SIT (Sprint Interval Training) but based on its description it sounds the same :dunno:
     
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    Holy crap, that stuff costs almost as much as my bike :eek3:

    Maybe I'll start with the other suggestions in the thread and work my wallet up to that :o
     
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    i got mine for 275, shipped

    edit: the forerunner is a little less expensive, i think, and polar makes some pretty cool computers, too, with similar capabilities
     
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    Muay Thai is even better, I've done it for a few years. It's a helluva lot of fun, a great workout, and suprisingly safe if you don't compete/fight. Other than bumps and bruises, it's quite rare to get a major injury.

    The HIIT I do is exactly what you said. Another good idea is to find a nice big hill that takes you about 30-45 seconds to climb at a sprint. Sprint up, walk down. Do that 10 times and that's all you need.

    Another idea for HIIT is doing the 30 sec hard/30 slow with skipping. It gives you great calves and you get suprisingly nimble on your feet.
     
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