What's your normal cardio routine?

  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 16, 2008 4:06 AM GMT
    Here's mine ...

    I bike four miles to work.

    After work, I bike about 3 miles to the gym.

    Three times a week, I box for 90 minutes.

    I blast my weightlifting workout in an hour or 75 minutes.

    then I bike 5 miles home.

    This is actually "normal" for me.

    Crazy, huh?

    Okay ... what about you?
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    Jan 16, 2008 10:19 AM GMT
    weights 40 mins 4 times a week,

    I do a gentle cycle to work on my off days tho but dont count that towards my fitness goals just getting around
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 16, 2008 5:14 PM GMT
    so, is my "normal" routine insane?
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    Jan 16, 2008 5:24 PM GMT
    I always warm up with 10 mins on the bike.

    Usually I try to do 15 mins on this new eliptical machine at our gym that kicks my ass.

    I run at least twice a week 3 miles with the dog and try to swim twice a week about 2000 yards (little over a mile)
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    Jan 16, 2008 5:28 PM GMT
    1. 30 minutes on the bike before my workout
    2. 30 minutes after my workout.
    3. 10 minutes of stretching.

    Five days a week.
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    Jan 16, 2008 10:17 PM GMT
    SoDakGuy saidso, is my "normal" routine insane?


    no it depends what your goal is and if yuo like doing it.

    Is it essential, no

    Is it efficient, no

    Do you want to be a runner? maybe if so its valid if not train for what you want to be

    Theres no right or wrong answer in this game health wise or otherwise
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    Jan 17, 2008 4:59 AM GMT
    5 minutes warmup on a random cardio machine...anything to bring me to sweat and get the heartrate up

    25 minutes random cardio workout. Moderate Intensity Interval, Steady Pace Mile, Simulated Hill, Interval Hill, I have little names for the programs I set myself on and I just do whatever keeps me in the zone for about 20-30 minutes.


    I do this 4 times a week
  • jammboy

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    Jan 18, 2008 11:08 PM GMT
    I normally walk to work (50 minutes 5x per week). (I take the bus home.)

    At lunchtime, I take another walk. One hour, another 5x per week..

    I also work out 3-4 times a week (5 times, rarely), which always involves a 33-minute "weight loss" program on the elliptical.

    On weekends, if it's nice, I might walk to the movies and back, 45 minutes each way.

    This regimen has had marvelous results in my blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, but less success with weight loss. Only 20 lbs in a whole year! This could be attributable to the fact that I'm building muscles at the same time, and exchanging fat for muscle, which is heavier.

    The one thing that makes it all palatable and non-boring (especially the walk to work which is the same route every day) is a good radio. I'm a big fan of Stephanie Miller on AM 1150 talk radio (Los Angeles), and Randi Rhodes, too. If they're not on, I opt for music from the 80s and 90s.

    Another benefit is lots of sun, but in that department, I have to be mindful of not overdoing it. Thankfully, it's easy to get SPF 30 in mass quantities.
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    Jan 18, 2008 11:16 PM GMT
    Mine is about 30 - 45 minutes on either the ellyptical or the moving stairs....the later of which kicks my ass, , 3 - 4 times a week. I thought it would be easy but amazing how difficult it is....but I hold both responsible for my 20+ pound weight loss! I also try and do a nice mt bike ride every Saturday morning during the winter.
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    Jan 18, 2008 11:30 PM GMT
    I do 20+ minutes interval training on a recumbent bike before each workout (4 times a week).

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    Jan 18, 2008 11:55 PM GMT
    SoDakGuy saidHere's mine ...

    I bike four miles to work.

    After work, I bike about 3 miles to the gym.

    Three times a week, I box for 90 minutes.

    I blast my weightlifting workout in an hour or 75 minutes.

    then I bike 5 miles home.

    This is actually "normal" for me.

    Crazy, huh?

    Okay ... what about you?


    ARrrg! I WISH I lived close enough to work to bike to it! As it stands, I'd end up having to bike 13.6 miles. I've honestly thought about doing it before on a weekend, just to see how long it'd take me. The problem is, my endurance isn't all that, and the neighborhoods between where I live and where I work are some of the worst in Memphis. Dun wanna' get shot on my way to work!! >_<

    Lately I've been a total slacker on the cardio, but before my 2.5 hours of karate counted a bit towards it, and I supplemented with 20 minutes on elliptical or bike 2-3 week making sure my heart rate reached and remained at least 190 for at least half the session. If anyone's in Memphis and wants to get together at some point and be a cardio buddy, lemme' know! icon_biggrin.gif


  • Jan 20, 2008 1:16 PM GMT
    I just joined a gym late last summer, part of my on-going effort to get more healthy. Started a year ago and have dropped about 50 pounds, down to 195 now. My current cardio is loosely following an 8 week interval training progression program I found online. I do about 25 minutes of various intervals on an eliptical followed by 10-15 minutes at a moderately fast pace. This is done after I have run a mile on the treadmill to warm up and have done either my lower or upper body exercises with weights. I try to do this at least every other day.
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    Feb 15, 2008 5:29 AM GMT
    i jog 1 mile to the y and i teach karate so i run with the class 5 laps 5 times a day and then we do kicks
    punces ect. and after work i swim 10 laps and then i jog home then on weekends i run weitlift and then
    and if sex counts as cardio then once a nighticon_biggrin.giflol
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    Feb 15, 2008 3:12 PM GMT
    I normally run on the treadmill 3 to 3.5 miles every morning. My favourite part of my workout (I hate doing weights).
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    Feb 15, 2008 3:30 PM GMT
    I run 30 to 40 miles a week, 10% of that is speedwork. I run 45 miles a week when training for longer races such as a half-marathon. I lift weights three times a week for 90 to 120 minutes--minimum time between sets to keep up my heart rate. I wish I could bike to work all year long, but I bike whenever possible.
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    Feb 15, 2008 8:22 PM GMT
    Supposedly periods of cardio in excess of 30 minutes are a waste of time in terms of cardio benefit. I am told the point is to get your heart rate up - then let your body take over. The more 'short' cardio workouts you do the better in this scenario.

    I run 5k every morning

    I do about 30-40 minutes of Calisthenics every night.

    And I do a 'hard' cardio workout every other day - that is usually alternating 2 out of four of the following: 2-3 miles of swimming, 20 miles of biking, a half hour of rowing, and an hour of SKA Kata.