What is the most effective cardiovascular workout you've done?

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    Jul 27, 2008 4:45 PM GMT
    I'm just curious to know what works best.
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    Jul 27, 2008 4:47 PM GMT
    Rolling out of bed...if I can get that done, the rest just goes.
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    Jul 27, 2008 5:55 PM GMT
    And after Caslon's exercise, I get on the Stairmaster (the one with the rolling staircase). I use the Speed Interval training routine for 15 minutes, which allows for 1 minute intervals. Usually, the settings are 15 on the lower and 20 on the upper. I perform 4 sets of those, giving me a one hour workout and over 1000 calories burned (according to the machine). Since I am completely comvered in sweat, I kind of think that the measurement is fairly accurate. (Note: it took a while to build up to that. But then again, you're a lot younger than me). Good luck
  • Delivis

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    Jul 27, 2008 6:07 PM GMT
    Rowing machines are great, if you mean just indoor stuff.
  • Bunjamon

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    Jul 27, 2008 6:37 PM GMT
    SWIMMING!
  • Starboard

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    Jul 27, 2008 7:06 PM GMT
    Rowing. Sweep rowing in a 4 or 8-man boat with a coxswain is the hardest workout I've ever experienced. They say that a 2k race (which takes between 5-10 minutes)is the physiological equivalent of playing two games of basketball, back to back.
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    Jul 27, 2008 7:08 PM GMT
    While all of this is very helpful, are there any outdoor exercises you all could recommend? i don't like going to gyms that much. i dont like the feeling of being watched while i exercise.
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    Jul 28, 2008 3:31 AM GMT
    This is what does it for me:

    1. Running hill repeats.

    2. Cycling uphill.

    3. Swimming.

    Hills will maximize your muscle, increase your speed and improve your cardiovascular system best.


    Obviously, any cardio is effective but the question asked about effeciency.
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    Jul 28, 2008 7:25 AM GMT
    Falling off a roof.
    I don't think I've ever been dispatched from a roof, but one may not remember such a thrilling execution of grace and splendor such as it, true? True.
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    Jul 28, 2008 2:20 PM GMT
    Hi

    I'd really give this a shot, I did it when I was badly overweight, and i still prefer it much much over regular running.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANGDFZ48p5k&feature=related

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordic_walking

    Once you can get past the mushy music in the video you can see a nice demonstration on how much speed you can pick up when you advance to jogging and that its not JUST a pure leg workout. First joggers smile at you pitiful when you walk slow with those oh so unmanly poles, then after some weeks they are suprised to see you catch up when they perfect treehugging exhausted, then you just pass them bye icon_twisted.gif I run 90 minutes now usually averages out around 1200 kcal according to my RS800. Never felt better, used to have back problems..all gone as well. This sport has become the most recommended cardio/fatburning exercise as well as for people with back problems over here.
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    Jul 28, 2008 2:32 PM GMT
    Bikram's Yoga!!!!
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    Jul 28, 2008 2:34 PM GMT
    Swimming and boxing/combat drills
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    Jul 28, 2008 6:15 PM GMT
    boxing is tough
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    Jul 28, 2008 6:20 PM GMT
    Swimming is pretty much the best cardio. You sweat in the water, your whole body gets a workout and its good for your back and joints.
  • joggerva

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    Jul 28, 2008 7:23 PM GMT
    Running barefoot on the beach in the soft sand.
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    Jul 28, 2008 7:25 PM GMT
    Indoor at the gym, the step mill (escalators). Most people think it's too easy but then when the get on them, they last about 10 minutes. I used it and the elyptical a lot and together, lost most of my weight. I continue to use it to burn away those weekend calories...more commonly referred to as beer!
  • vacyclist

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    Jul 28, 2008 7:47 PM GMT
    In the gym my toughest cardio workouts are on the Stairmaster and the rowing machine (not on the same day, thank you). In the great outdoors, hammering some of the local alpine stages on the bike seems to get the blood pumping pretty good....
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    Jul 28, 2008 7:57 PM GMT
    SWIMMING<33

    Without a doubt! It works out your entire body and pushes your body for balance, timing and breathing regulation.

    Burns up your calories like no other icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 28, 2008 8:24 PM GMT
    love the stairmaster just hard to keep your hands off the rails and as that obnoxious French gym instructor once felt the need to tell me.


    You burn 15% less calories if you hold on to the sides...icon_confused.gif
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    Jul 28, 2008 9:23 PM GMT
    Most effective by far is High Intensity Interval Training. This can be done with most cardio exercises like jogging and biking. It involves alternating periods of all out sprints with periods of active recovery. It has been shown in multiple studies to be the most effective in reducing body fat, increasing aerobic capacity, developing speed, etc. Although there are various time lengths in different versions of it, its basically a sprint of 20 to 60 seconds followed by 30 to 180 seconds of active recovery at a pace that is approximately a 4 out of 10 for you. Your sprints should be an effort level of at least 9 out of 10. Although this is by far the most effective method because it manages fatigue and boosts output, it is not appropriate for everyone. Anyone with heart, blood pressure or orthopedic issues should talk with their doctor before starting this. If you are healthy enough for vigorous exercise, add this to you routine a couple days a week and watch the results start coming fast.

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    Jul 29, 2008 5:09 AM GMT
    The rowing machine and elliptical (sp) skier/Nordic Track are just about the best cardio you can do while being kind to your joints. Big guys (150 pounds +) probably should be careful with too much running---that high impact pounding is MURDER on your joints even if it is a good workout and adrenaline rush.
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    Jul 29, 2008 5:51 AM GMT
    spinning class
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    Jul 29, 2008 6:44 AM GMT
    THE 20 min. jump rope routine on here i could hardly walk the next day. But i did it 3 times.
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    Jul 29, 2008 8:36 AM GMT
    YngHungSFSD saidMost effective by far is High Intensity Interval Training. This can be done with most cardio exercises like jogging and biking. It involves alternating periods of all out sprints with periods of active recovery. It has been shown in multiple studies to be the most effective in reducing body fat, increasing aerobic capacity, developing speed, etc. Although there are various time lengths in different versions of it, its basically a sprint of 20 to 60 seconds followed by 30 to 180 seconds of active recovery at a pace that is approximately a 4 out of 10 for you. Your sprints should be an effort level of at least 9 out of 10. Although this is by far the most effective method because it manages fatigue and boosts output, it is not appropriate for everyone. Anyone with heart, blood pressure or orthopedic issues should talk with their doctor before starting this. If you are healthy enough for vigorous exercise, add this to you routine a couple days a week and watch the results start coming fast.





    And how long do we do this for?? The overall running that is....
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    Jul 29, 2008 6:56 PM GMT
    justinmiami saidWhile all of this is very helpful, are there any outdoor exercises you all could recommend? i don't like going to gyms that much. i dont like the feeling of being watched while i exercise.


    Seems that people will watch you far more outside ..icon_question.gif