Cardio intensity question

  • UncleverName

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    Jan 12, 2008 9:50 PM GMT
    Hey guys

    Sorry if this has been asked already. I couldn't find this specific question answered.

    I'm trying to lose the last bit of body fat, so I'm trying to kick up the cardio.
    I do weights 3 - 4 times a week, I do Yoga 1 - 2 times a week, and I do cardio 4 - 5 times a week.

    Now, from what I've read, it's better to do interval training for cardio. So I'm doing a minute of walking, a minute of sprinting, back and forth. I'm going for about 20 minutes at a time. My question is, is this enough? Should I be going for an hour instead? I know that would be more work, and thus would burn more calories. If I do go for an hour, should I still do interval training?

    Let me know what you think!
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    Jan 12, 2008 10:20 PM GMT
    UncleverName saidHey guys

    Sorry if this has been asked already. I couldn't find this specific question answered.

    I'm trying to lose the last bit of body fat, so I'm trying to kick up the cardio.
    I do weights 3 - 4 times a week, I do Yoga 1 - 2 times a week, and I do cardio 4 - 5 times a week.

    Now, from what I've read, it's better to do interval training for cardio. So I'm doing a minute of walking, a minute of sprinting, back and forth. I'm going for about 20 minutes at a time. My question is, is this enough? Should I be going for an hour instead? I know that would be more work, and thus would burn more calories. If I do go for an hour, should I still do interval training?

    Let me know what you think!


    If you are doing it for an hour it aint interval training for a start but to be honest depending on what you are consuming yuo would benefit from rest days to let the body repair muscle along with burning fat. Sometimes less is more and creating too great a deficit from training and diet will slow your progress down
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    Jan 13, 2008 7:42 AM GMT
    20-30 minutes is my rule usually...but the intensity of your intervals should be such that you can't easily go for too much longer than that without passing out lol
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    Sep 03, 2008 10:40 PM GMT
    Your game plan sounds good except the cardio. The intervals are good but maybe stick to a minute of walking and moderate running for another minute. Work on this until you can run solidly for the 20 minutes you are already scheduling.

    Once you have a good cardio base, start with the intervals. Too much, too hard, too soon =injury.

    As you start running more and researching you'll aquire knowledge and meet people to help you out.