Best cardio machine at the gym?

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    Aug 02, 2011 11:32 PM GMT
    I'm trying to add more cardio to my workouts. I like to run, but I like variety too.

    I was wondering what you guys thought about the different cardio machines in the gym? I'd like to do cardio that has some extra benefits, too, like giving me a rock hard ass and killer legs!

    My gym has just about everything in it. Currently, my favorites are the elliptical trainers and the rowing machines.

    But there are treadmills and bikes and steppers and just wondering what people thought.

    Thanks.
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    Aug 03, 2011 1:32 AM GMT
    1 threadmill - quads, calves, heart
    2 elliptical - everything!
    3 stepmaster - hard ass
    4 the bike thing - for the lazy cardio enthusiast
  • KinesiologyMa...

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    Aug 03, 2011 1:38 AM GMT
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    This machine is the best guarantee. Its what I have learned in class
  • tautomer

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    Aug 03, 2011 1:43 AM GMT
    Arc trainer! I love the arc trainer:

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    Aug 03, 2011 2:11 AM GMT
    The tiny gym I go to has 2 each stationary bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, and one stairmaster. I prefer the elliptical since the others leave me idle from the waist up. If killer legs & ass is your goal, the stairmaster is what you would use if you came to my gym as my guest.
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    Aug 03, 2011 2:14 AM GMT
    Use an incline treadmill like this:

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    Set it at a high incline (15% or above) and just walk 2.5-3.5 mph. Change the incline higher and lower to give yourself some interval aspect as you workout. This is a sure way to get your heartrate up without killing your knees.
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    Aug 03, 2011 4:24 AM GMT
    stair master all the way...
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    Aug 03, 2011 4:44 AM GMT
    elliptical and the like are shit. and i mean bad (not 'the shit') if you ever step on one and do one full motion it keeps going for like 5 more. the machines are there to make you sweat by moving you legs up and down but dont really do anything calorie wise.

    as above, i would recommend the stair climber, or better yet, real steps. go to a football field and use the stands for stairs. a few goes at it and youll be sweating a shit ton
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    Aug 03, 2011 4:56 AM GMT
    the street outside
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    Aug 03, 2011 5:10 AM GMT
    All that is fine... but if you want killer muscle-bound legs you gotta hit the weights! Balance the cardio machines with some leg presses, leg curls, squats, and deadlifts. Solid legs of a god, guaranteed!
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    Aug 03, 2011 5:23 AM GMT
    The treadmill is far and away the best form of cardio you could get. As someone else said, set the incline to 10+ if you don't want to run.
  • westguy79

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    Aug 03, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    The Treadmill is only effective with the H.I.I.T method and at an incline.

    Stairmaster or the rowing machine give highly effective cardio...Or you can use a jump rope!
  • rdberg1957

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    Aug 03, 2011 6:04 AM GMT
    The best machine is the one you will use consistently with minimal stress. At 54, I use the upright cycle because my favorites (Arc, Elliptical) seem to cause me back trouble. I have a 35 year history of back problems which I have addressed by developing a core program. However, for some reason, my lower back is still easily inflamed. If I use the treadmill at 3mph, I'm fine. But if I add speed and especially incline, my back complains. For some reason, the only cardio machine which I can use frequently is the upright cycle. I may use another preferred machine 1/week. I use the cycle -3-4x/week, play tennis once/week, Play racquetball once/week (when my partner recovers from his shoulder injury) and strength train 2x/week What mystifies me is that tennis and racquetball rarely cause any back problems for me. Maybe it's because the thrill kills the pain.
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    Aug 03, 2011 9:44 AM GMT
    Treadmills and steppers will barely touch your upper body. The rowing machine (eg Concept 2) will give you an all-body cv workout, using every major muscle group in your body, which means you can achieve in 30 mins what it will take you an hour to achieve on all the other stuff.
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Aug 03, 2011 9:46 AM GMT
    Rowing Ergometer. EITHER Concept II model D or E or the Row Perfect. Fantastic for whole body fitness and its none weight bearing...but watch those knees!

    The only problem with using a Rowing Ergometer is needing a proper rowing coach to coach your form...as so many people just do not know how to row. Even trainers in gyms.
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    Aug 03, 2011 10:02 AM GMT
    CHIdude said

    4 the bike thing - for the lazy cardio enthusiast


    poppy cock... do a spin (rpm) class (hi performance if you can) it'll give your heart a workout and improve your quads/hamstring/calfs/glutes
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    Aug 04, 2011 3:47 PM GMT
    KinesiologyMajor saidstair-stepper2.jpg


    This machine is the best guarantee. Its what I have learned in class


    +1

    Stairmill all the way (as far as machines go).
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    Aug 04, 2011 3:54 PM GMT
    put the arc trainer on 75 resistance and go to work, its not just child's play, you burn calories.
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    Aug 04, 2011 3:55 PM GMT
    Hmmm. have to check to see if they have an arc trainer.
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    Aug 04, 2011 4:20 PM GMT
    A Jump Rope.
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    Aug 04, 2011 5:39 PM GMT
    SargeKO saidA Jump Rope.


    Yeah, that's not a cardio machine.
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    Aug 04, 2011 5:50 PM GMT
    spin bike!
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    Aug 04, 2011 7:55 PM GMT
    Rowing_Ant saidRowing Ergometer. EITHER Concept II model D or E or the Row Perfect. Fantastic for whole body fitness and its none weight bearing...but watch those knees!

    The only problem with using a Rowing Ergometer is needing a proper rowing coach to coach your form...as so many people just do not know how to row. Even trainers in gyms.


    I started using the rowing ergometer they have (not sure which one it is) about two weeks ago.

    I watched a bunch of youtube vids so hopefully my form is ok.

    Find that it is a really great cardio workout and I enjoy it a lot more than most of the other machines.

    Makes me want to try rowing on water now!
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    Aug 04, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    Mix them up so that you donĀ“t get problems from overuse... I like the erg, the spining bike and skipping. Outside I like running on a track sometimes.
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    Aug 08, 2011 11:05 AM GMT
    Hi guys,
    I'm trying to add more cardio to my workouts. I like to run, but I like variety too.

    I was wondering what you guys thought about the different cardio machines in the gym? I'd like to do cardio that has some extra benefits, too, like giving me a rock hard ass and killer legs!
    please guide me....
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