which type of cardio is best for....

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    Sep 04, 2007 3:17 AM GMT
    ok i'm a tall and skinny guy...6'1, 160lbs, 31w. Now i wasn't always skinny and after doing a major diet when i was around 15 (23 now) i lost a lot of weight but my stomach has never been flat. that's one thing i'm wanting to work on..i've done lots of situps before and i feel my ab muscles being harder but it doesn't help when there's fat covering them. what cardio is best for burning fat in that area? no matter what i've done in the past i've never really noticed a difference there. usually i use the eliptical (that's how i lost most of the weight) and i'm thinking about buying a rebounder after reading good reviews...but my brother says i should just run...any suggestions??
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    Sep 04, 2007 3:36 AM GMT
    I really don't believe that it's possible to spot reduce fat. Fat is fat, and no matter where it's stored, your body will use it for fuel when you're burning more than you're consuming. Most guys have bodies which preferentially store fat on the gut (most women have bodies which place it on the rear and thighs), and even a rather thin layer of fat can obscure the 6 pack abs that so many are after these days. It's unfortunate, but it's reality.

    This link gives calories burned per hour of a whole lot of different activities for people of 3 weights. If you continue to burn more than you eat, you will continue to lose weight, though it may not be as fast as you want. In general, you don't want to have a daily deficit of more than 500 or so calories, or you risk going into starvation mode and slowing your metabolism.
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    Sep 04, 2007 3:37 AM GMT
    There is no evidence whatever that 'spot reduction' of fat works.

    At 6'1" I doubt that you have a high BF ratio to begin with.

    From looking at your pictures, and reading that you already do a lot of cardio; I would recommend WEIGHT TRAINING rather than more cardio. IF I were in your position, I would get a set of dumbells, go over to 'Mens Health' Magasines's site and look for training routines that emphasize weight training with dumbells and high reps of moderate weights.

    I think that will get you the look you want more quickly and efficiently than additional cardio.

    That does not mean to give up your current Cardio routine - but to supplement it with weight training.

    PS - To any one else out there looking to spend big bucks for the best cardio workout machine that burns the most cph.: Buy a jump rope; it is far better for you, and infinately cheaper.


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    Sep 04, 2007 3:54 AM GMT
    Over working your abs will make you look fatter. Keep it up and you'll be all stomach and not much else.

    Spot reduction is a falsehood.

    At 160 and 6'1, and 31 waist, it sounds like:
    1. You don't eat enough.
    2. You don't have much muscle mass.

    Every pound of lean muscle burns 15 calories every day, just to exist. The easiest way to be lean and sexy is to "fuel the furnace." Get your calories up, and activate your metabolism. Once you have the calories up, you need to increase your lean muscle...so...guess what...you can stay lean.

    The most effective way to get abs is leanness.

    The most effective way to get lean is interval training. Google on it, or get a personal trainer older than 25.

    Even in contest mode..I'll keep my calories at 2800 to 3500, daily, and do intervals.

    Endless hours of cardio is also a falsehood.

    It's stupid.

    Do intervals. Get your calories up. Lift properly to increase your lean muscle mass, protect your bones and slow aging. If you're over 28, you should see a doctor and get a CMP, as well as glocuse tolerance, and thryoid, and tesosterone test. Generally, almost anyone for 28 or so can get on an anti-aging regimen.
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    Sep 04, 2007 3:55 AM GMT
    You need to learn everything you can about nutrtion and effective resistance training. Study it. You'll hit your goal when you understand how to apply it all to you.
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    Sep 04, 2007 11:06 AM GMT
    the most effective way to get lean is not training in any format whatsoever its diet simple as that

    It takes seconds not to eat 500 calories but over 40 minutes to burn it off.

    fat will come off wherever fat maybe. Use the weights in the gym to retain what muscle yuo have, as trying to bulk and burn fat is asking your body to do two things at the opposite end of the spectrum and unless you are meticulous you will fail
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    Sep 14, 2007 12:17 PM GMT
    thanks for the responses everyone, i'll go look up interval training