cardio for 15 minutes, worth it?

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  1. moses

    moses OMGWTFBBQ

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    i've got an hour for lunch and i wanted to try to squeeze some cardio in, only problem is it takes me around 10-13 minutes to get to the gym (each way) and another 10-12 to shower after my run, leaving me about 15 minutes TOPS on the actual machine. I typically do a 1 min slow pace/30 seconds high pace, so i wouldn't call it HIIT, but its not jsut a constant speed.

    Is there any real way to make that time beneficial as a cardio source 5 times a week?
     
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    15 min is what I'm limiting myself to once before and after my workout most times.

    What machine are you using?
    On a treadmill I alternate with 3.5 mph being the low and on the 1 min 'sprint' increasing it gradually from 6.5 to 7.5 to 10.5 mph...
     
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    infinite loop Statistically speaking, the Yankees do indeed suck

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    i would do a quick warm-up then put it at the highest incline setting and moderate speed for as long as you can spare.
     
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    moses OMGWTFBBQ

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    its the precor elliptical

    http://www.precor.com/cons/efx/519/
     
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    Genghis.Tron New Member

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    Do HIIT and it will be more than enough time to get benefits. If not then it's not really gonna have a beneficial effect unless you tend to keep your rest time low while you lift so that you do some sort of cardio/HIIT during that time too, then it could be a nice addition.
     
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    stair climbers at moderate speed is a very effective cardio workout
     
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    LBFilmGuy LOL why u mad tho?

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    go run at a track...if you have one close by that is
     
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    I do HIIT 15min...i would say it's definetly worth it.
     
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    DatacomGuy is moving to Canada

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    Definitely worth it.

    And mah nig - same elliptical I use. :bigok:
     
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    Soo, Elliptical>>>>>>>>>>Treadmill?
     
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    okay so i dont know what HIIT is but i do know the proper way to do cardio is to elevate and sustain a heart rate which is double your resting heart rate for at least 15mins 3 times a week. Basically, if your resting HR was at 75bpm, then you need to get up to 150bpm for at least 15mins during each session. hope that helps out. dont forget, i said AT LEAST not limited =]
     
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    moses OMGWTFBBQ

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    i find the elliptical easier to change up speed and angle in a quick manner as opposed to the treadmill. also i get shin splints after awhile on a treadmill or flat ground, so the elliptical works best for me :dunno:
     
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    moses OMGWTFBBQ

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    i think i'd explode, my resting rate is pretty high, almost 100.
     
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    :eek3: o man. that is def. not good hahaha. for sure than the cardio wil help you get that down. the avg resting is about 75.
     
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    darkostoj NEEEERRRRDDDDSSSS

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    If you do HIIT right, you wouldn't be able to do more than 15-20 min
     
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    xzultdwun New Member

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    what is HIIT?
     
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    moses OMGWTFBBQ

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    well, what is "right" exactly? there are so many different variations of people's "right" version.

    This is why i think people post the same questions over and over, things are always changing, and studies are always saying some other guys studies is bullshit, etc...
     
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    Formz Hipster Santa OT Supporter

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    I'm guessing he means a dedicated, strict 30 second moderate followed by a 30 second sprint repeated for 15 minutes.

    No being lazy now! :)
     
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    moses OMGWTFBBQ

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    i did that shit last week, couldn't go more than 7-8 minutes. i dropped to 1 min. moderate, 30 second sprint for the remaining minutes up to 15.
     
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    So......is there any eating on this lunch hour?
     
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    moses OMGWTFBBQ

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    i take a break around noon and eat then, healthy choice meal or a sandwich on a wheat bagel.
     
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    Sloi Back up in your ass with the resurrection

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    Do you suffer from anxiety or are in poor physical shape? I have an average cardio and a good build (never bothered to do cardio while lifting weights) and had a resting of 75-90 when I was anxious: since making changes to my diet and having a more relaxed attitude (and ignoring things that once triggered issues), my resting is 60-75 tops.
     
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    moses OMGWTFBBQ

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    anxiety :(
     
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    Formz Hipster Santa OT Supporter

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    You'll get there. I'm in the same boat as you. Got 6 minutes into it and fell off the bike. :rofl:
     
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