What cardio training helps burn fat?

  • andyb91

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    Aug 30, 2010 3:52 PM GMT
    I've looked on the internet and asked a trainer in the gym but I still don't really no what burns fat. The trainer said to go on the treadmill do a minute warmup (jogging) then put the speed to a sprint for two and a half minutes, then put the speed down by 1 on the treadmill and keep putting it down every two and a half minutes for 10 to 15 minutes and if I do that every day or two I'll burn fat now is this true? or is there better ways to burn fat at the gym?
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    Aug 31, 2010 2:31 AM GMT
    ummm, u have no fat icon_evil.gif
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    Aug 31, 2010 2:38 AM GMT
    Yea, Interval training on the treadmill is the best. This is the one I throw in every now and again into my training.

    http://exercise.about.com/cs/cardioworkouts/l/blcardiointense.htm
  • LJay

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    Aug 31, 2010 2:38 AM GMT
    Uajock is right. If you look like your pictures fat is not a real concern. What the trainer told you will work well, though. Good for the heart and the chances of fat developing if you are doing that regularly and eating well are slim to none.
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    Aug 31, 2010 2:43 AM GMT
    More than anything, it is your diet that will affect how much fat you burn. You could have the best cardio routine, but if you are taking in more than you are using in the day, then you are not going to burn anything. Look at what you eat and track how many calories you are actually taking in. That will tell you how much to either cut out of your diet or add to your workout. Both Cardio and Weight training will help you burn fat, so use both. It doesn't look like you should worry about loosing weight though, so keep up your weight lifting. Post pics so that we can watch your progress! icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 31, 2010 2:45 AM GMT
    cardio doesn’t burn fat it burns calories first, then muscle tissue, then last…fat. if you want to lose fat I would say increase your metabolism. Eat 6 to 8 time a day healthy organic meals. This and cardio helps the muscle use this energy and tell your body it no longer needs to store the fat. You can also do a body cleanse. Cleansing rids the body of toxins thus rids the body of bad fat. (fat is an organ that helps to 1) keep the organs and etc protected and also 2) surrounds toxins so that they cannot be absorbed by the body, such as pesticides from fruit or preservatives in processed foods.
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    Aug 31, 2010 2:49 AM GMT
    Dude, fuck the treadmill.(injuries etc) Get on a spin bike.

    Warm up for 5 mins

    Stand up on the bike and put the push level to max and peddle for 30 sec as fast as you can.
    Rest for a 1 minute than repeat.

    Do this 8 times. You will feel dead after. This is the hardest HIIT I've ever done. I can run on the treadmill at 12 for a min and rest for 30 sec,(10 times) It's not even half as difficult as the spin bike. After a couple weeks do the treadmill for a week(3 days) then go back to the bike. You definitely want to trick you body.


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    Aug 31, 2010 4:20 AM GMT
    andyb91 saidWhat cardio training helps burn fat?
    The cardio training that burns more calories than you take in.
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    Aug 31, 2010 10:10 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    andyb91 saidWhat cardio training helps burn fat?
    The cardio training that burns more calories than you take in.

    OMG SURELY NOT IT CAN NOT BE THAT SIMPLE????????????? Tell me it isn't so!
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    Aug 31, 2010 1:48 PM GMT
    lilTanker said
    paulflexes said
    andyb91 saidWhat cardio training helps burn fat?
    The cardio training that burns more calories than you take in.

    OMG SURELY NOT IT CAN NOT BE THAT SIMPLE????????????? Tell me it isn't so!
    eyeknorite?
    Losing fat is the easiest fitness goal a person can have.
    Building muscle, well, that's a bit more tricky for some.
  • laxdude25

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    Aug 31, 2010 1:59 PM GMT
    from your pix it doesn't look like you need to "burn fat." but if you're interested in a high calorie burning activity, a spinning class, or a game of squash with me would do pretty nicely. icon_razz.gif
  • Regina_Guy

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    Aug 31, 2010 2:29 PM GMT
    Here's an article you might find interesting.

    http://getfitguy.quickanddirtytips.com/best-workout-for-fat-loss.aspx
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    Aug 31, 2010 2:37 PM GMT
    My opinion when it comes to cardio is that anything that gets your heart rate up into the levels where you are burning fat is fine, and the most important thing is that you pick something that you like doing.

    Lots of people fail because they hate it and find it boring so hard to stick to. So whetever you do, make it something you enjoy - whether that's treadmill, rowing machine, mountain biking, vigorous sex in a variety of athletic positions, or pole dancing.
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    Aug 31, 2010 2:49 PM GMT
    My first trainer told me that to optimize fat burning I needed to do cardio at between 110 and 130 HR.
    My second trainer said it didn't matter, it was simple math..you can burn your calories in 30 minutes or you can take a slow walk for and hour or two. Your fat cells don't care.
    I like to burn 600 with my cardio, so I opt for faster. The AMT is my fav machine, although I like to mix it up.

    Heart health? I think that's entirely different.
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    Aug 31, 2010 2:51 PM GMT
    NickFit said pole dancing.


    now that I wanna see....you must go to a better gym than me..care to post a pic?
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    Aug 31, 2010 3:28 PM GMT
    NickFit saidMy opinion when it comes to cardio is that anything that gets your heart rate up into the levels where you are burning fat is fine, and the most important thing is that you pick something that you like doing.

    Lots of people fail because they hate it and find it boring so hard to stick to. So whetever you do, make it something you enjoy - whether that's treadmill, rowing machine, mountain biking, vigorous sex in a variety of athletic positions, or pole dancing.


    This sounds similar to what a personal trainer friend recommends in a booklet that he wrote for the clients at his gym. He says that the ONLY way to burn fat is through aerobic cardio. He has several easy rules of thumb to define aerobic vs anaerobic exercise. With aerobic cardio, breathing should be steady and audible, but only mildly labored. (You should be able to carry on a conversation.) The exercise should be tiring, but not un-pleasurable. On a scale of 1 - 10, with 1 being nearly no effort, and 10 being extreme effort, you don't want to exceed a 7.
    The exercise should be steady and rhythmic, not start, stop, start, stop. Try to maintain your target heart rate for at least 30 minutes. Your target heart rate can be calculated by subtracting your age from 220, then multiplying that number by 75%. That number will roughly estimate what your heart rate should be while performing the exercise. Perform aerobic cardio at least four times each week.
    Anything more vigorous will likely become anaerobic exercise that burns glucose/glycogen (carbohydrate stores). Anaeorbic exercise is considered stress to the body, releasing the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol stores fat.

    I can't personally vouch for the accuracy of this advice, but I can say that this particular personal trainer is pretty damned hot, so, if he's following his own advice, it must work!


  • SoDakGuy

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    Aug 31, 2010 3:32 PM GMT
    Boxing!
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    Aug 31, 2010 3:33 PM GMT
    moscowmikey said
    NickFit said pole dancing.


    now that I wanna see....you must go to a better gym than me..care to post a pic?


    Haha, I don't do much cardio!
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    Aug 31, 2010 3:36 PM GMT
    Cardio burns CALORIES! Not Fat...

    Eat less, workout more... Important to get the heart rate up before a workout.

    Fat = FOOD STORAGE, your body stores fat as food. If you eat more, smaller meals a day and don't starve yourself, your body wont store as much fat.

    I always hear people say don't eat... that's a sure fire way to build fat. Cardio will burn calories. Just don't eat as many calories as you burn. There are SO MANY great cardio programs. I teach Zumba and Drums Alive which can burn between 500 to 1000 calories an hour. The trick is to avoid McDonnalds after the workout.
  • Ironman4U

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    Aug 31, 2010 3:38 PM GMT
    As far as what was said earlier about aerobic vs anaerobic. Anaerobic is when you are going so hard that you can not keep it up for more than a brief period of time....you'll collapse of exhaustion and your breathing will be very labored in 2-15 minutes (typically).

    That said, cardio will burn calories and the more you burn, the more you can lose (assuming you're not taking in extra calories). As far as the equipment in the gym, the treadmills are the most efficient for burning calories since you will burn more calories running than you will with the same exertion on the eliptical, the spin bikes or other equipment. Faster you go (and the harder with incline setting), the more you burn in a shorter period.
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    Sep 02, 2010 10:28 AM GMT
    A trainer told me that if I pulled out three hairs, one from my head, one from my pubes, and one from right next to my asshole, and then tied them together with blue thread and put them in my right pocket when running on a treadmill at exactly a 15deg angle that I would lose fat. It works better when the person on one side of you is fatter and on the other side is thinner because it creates a vortex.

    Everyone is looking for magic, and just like the "dietary fat is bad for you" thing (mandated by congress, not by science) that turns out to be bogus, people hear shit and repeat it and never ever actually try to verify it with science. And people write and sell books telling you what new magic you should be using because the old magic didn't work.

    You might as well be recommending worshiping cthulhu in your off hours.

    It's simple. Eat less, and eat better.
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    Sep 02, 2010 1:14 PM GMT
    Cardio is great for many reasons. Weight loss, as others have said, is most significantly affected by your caloric balance. Cardio is a component of that as it burns calories, tipping the caloric balance in the right direction. But the impact of diet is much more significant.

    There's a free website http://www.sparkpeople.com that will plan your meals if you want, and also let you keep a diary of your food intake and exercise so you can see your caloric balance. Entering into a diary is tedious at first, but after your foods are set up, it is not a problem. I think it is probably one of the best ways to become accountable to yourself and help create new habits.
  • andyb91

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    Sep 02, 2010 4:24 PM GMT
    Thanks for replying some off you keep saying I don't need to lose fat but all I want to do Is add definition to my abs so I'm going to try a no carb diet and see how it go's.
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    Sep 02, 2010 4:40 PM GMT
    andyb91 saidI've looked on the internet and asked a trainer in the gym but I still don't really no what burns fat. The trainer said to go on the treadmill do a minute warmup (jogging) then put the speed to a sprint for two and a half minutes, then put the speed down by 1 on the treadmill and keep putting it down every two and a half minutes for 10 to 15 minutes and if I do that every day or two I'll burn fat now is this true? or is there better ways to burn fat at the gym?


    What you are describing is HIT, High Interval Training. IT works well, but 10 or 15 minutes isn't enough. You need to do cardio for at least 45 minutes for it to have any effect. At 15 minutes you haven't even reached the point where you actually begin to burn fat.

    You can also tyr walking on the treadmill at a 13% incline at a rate of 3.5 mph with your hands on the machine in front of you like you were pushing a shopping cart so you engage your upper body for 45 minutes to 1 hr.

    Good luck.
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    Oct 13, 2010 6:07 AM GMT
    Um... why? You look fine as it is, but if you want, do High Interval Intensity Training. Davey Wavey- everybody's favorite gay fitness enthusiast- made a post on his fitness blog awhile back. Enjoy.

    http://www.daveywaveyfitness.com/weight-release/best-cardio-exercises-for-losing-weight/