What's better v.Cardio

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  1. Trickypants

    Trickypants OT Supporter

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    Want to change up my cardio so was curious on opinions of what's better.

    60 minutes of 'normal' cardio or 30 minutes of HIIT?
     
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    I would go for the hour of you have the time.
     
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    That's what I've been doing the last three days....(un)fortunately (depending on how you look at it) I have plenty of time due to no social life. :o
     
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    No social life and in good shape is better than no social life and 254th level demon mage on W0W:)
     
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    Uglybob69 I miss beer.

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    Get ripped, get a girlfriend who is social, become friends with her friends, profit
     
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    Think of this as the offseason.:wavey:
     
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    Very true....:mamoru:

    Oh, and the 'no social life' thing is honestly by choice.....stuff was getting so crazy I was pretty sure I'd either wind up dead or in jail. :o
     
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    Yuppy Have a seat right there....

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    you could jsut try to do hiit for 45 minutes....

    its very possible esp if you bring in about 48-64 oz of iced water to the treadmill / elliptical (if you do it inside)
     
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    30 mins HIIT. It also depends on what your goals are etc.
     
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    HIIT for 45 minutes? Good lord, I just started with 20 minutes consisting of 1 minute sprints/1 minute walking and I am winded.
     
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    whats your goal? if its to drop fat, do HIIT. if its to maximize enurance, do the regualr stuff.

    how long have you been doing HIIT? 30min seems like a LONG ass time. the charts I've seen say once you've got up to 15min, take a break then start over :dunno:
     
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    Goal is definitely to drop fat.

    I've gotten up to 15 minutes and I just don't feel like I've done enough. It might be cuz I have to do it on an elliptical (bad knees). :hs:
     
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    Is HIIT @ 30 second intervals, or is one minute Ok to? I've been doing 1 minute off and on.
     
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    I've been re-reading a bunch of HIIT stuff and seems like the intervals don't matter (30 seconds/1 minute), but that you should change them periodically to make sure your body doesn't get 'used' to a cycle. :dunno:

    Some say 30 on, 30 off....another say 30 on/90 off
     
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    HIIT is a burst followed by recovery. There are no set times. The most common sprint/ recovery times are 30/90 from what i've seen.
     
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    cardio? is that spanish?
     
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    30 seconds sounds better. I mix in regular cardio which I do for 10 minutes after my workouts and off days I do HIIT.
     
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    I don't see why anyone would need more than 45minutes of normal cardio a day at target heart rate. Unless you are trying to get down to 5% I wouldn't bother. WIth HIIT if you do any type of actual heavy lifting you are going to waste muscle. JMO as I have done it both ways.
     
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    Just got back from the gym....did HIIT for 6 'intervals' and apparently I'm either in better shape now or pushed myself more than the last time I tried it cuz I'm whipped....and actually a little nauseous. :o

    Definitely think I'm gonna try sticking with HIIT for 4/5 times per week for eight weeks and see if that improves because I feel a little 'stuck' with the regular cardio.
     
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    I'm not sure what you mean by 'actual heavy lifting' (new-ish to weights) but I do lift four-five days per week but I'm not bulking by any means.
     
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    I've read that HIIT will limit muscle loss vs. normal cardio.

    if you are losing muscle from HIIT, you are A) not performing it properly or B) not eating properly for HIIT
     
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    Read all you want bro. The theories go back and forth. I'm telling you what works for me and the majority of bodybuilders who are the leanest people on the planet.
     
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    If you are not as exhausted from your weight training as you are from cardio then you are not putting enough effort in. After weight training theres no way in hell I could fathom doing HIIT
     
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    Depends on your diet and training program.
     
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    Today I did the HIIT first as I normally do a 7-10 minute cardio warmup before weights.

    Previously I would d 45-60 minutes of cardio after lifting. I've definitely upped my intensity when lifting the last few weeks, sweating as much/more doing that than cardio, but I'm not sure how on my back/arms/chest/shoulder days would affect doing cardio afterwards?

    Now legs day, that's a different story....:o
     
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