Cardio Strength Training ideas?

  • bobod

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    Sep 30, 2010 3:00 PM GMT
    I also posted this question in the strength forum as well. I lift weights three days a week. I do interval training on alternate days on the machines. I am starting to get a little bored with it, and noticing I'm loosing more weight and not gaining. I am looking for some sort of Cardio/Strength program to do on my cardio days. Something that involves low weights but qucik movements. (Kettle bells, Medicine ball, etc..) Any suggestions?
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    Oct 01, 2010 5:22 PM GMT
    Eat
  • MisterT

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    Oct 01, 2010 5:46 PM GMT
    How true, gotta make sure you're eating enough of the right stuff.

    If you want to mix things up, take up working the heavy bag, I added that to my work outs, it's great cardio, and if your doing it right, it works the whole body and also adds strength, speed and coordination. I also use kettlebells, and love them.

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    Oct 02, 2010 5:25 AM GMT
    cardio on machines IS boring by nature.
    so you have to make it interesting.

    maybe you're doing too much at not enough intensity.
    create challenges ? make yourself suffer .?
  • tazzari

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    Oct 05, 2010 4:16 PM GMT
    You may be doing too many intervals, though that depends on the intensity. when I was developing training plans for cross-country athletes (at the national & international level) the rule-of-thumb was that interval training should not be more than 10% of the total per week. More than that, and you're tearing down, not allowing muscles time to re-build, and possibly building up far more lactic acid than is productive.

    You need endurance (steady-state, aerobic) training in order to build the foundation for interval work.

    If aerobic training gets boring, vary it: rowing machine, bike, running... All ast a steady rate around 120-140 heartbeats per minute. It can/will feel slow, but it builds what you need in order to sustain hard intervals.

    Nat



    Nat Brown taught and coached cross-country running and skiing for 16 years before joining the US Biathlon Team as wax technician. In 1989 he switched to the US Cross-Country team. He was the first American to take over technical services for a foreign team (Slovenia) and worked also for Germany and Sweden. He has coached at 3 Olympics and 14 World Championships, edited Nordic Update for 9 years and Cross-Country Skier for 2. He has written three books on skiing and training; the latest was The Complete Guide to Cross-Country Ski Preparation (Mountaineers Books) which has gone through two editions and a Russian translation. He spends as much time as he can at his ranch in British Columbia where he most recently hosted a pre-Olympic training camp for Slovenia.