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April 6, 2013 4:40 AM
I would like to establish a regular cardio routine for my morning workouts, but I'm not sure what to do. Previously, I was doing an hour on the elliptical four to five days a week. I would alternate between the "fat burner" program and the "leg toner" program, but I'm thinking that might not be enough variety to make a difference. I also do weight training four to five times per week.

Does anyone have any insight on this? Is it possible to get a good mix without running? I hate running!!
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April 6, 2013 4:47 AM
Jillian Michaels - Burn Fat Boost Metabolism is a great cardio workout.
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April 6, 2013 4:48 AM
If you're looking to tone I'd try a program like Insanity or TapouT XT that has strength moves built in to the cardio.
April 6, 2013 4:48 AM
Insanity by Shaun t
April 6, 2013 4:49 AM
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Jillian Michaels - Burn Fat Boost Metabolism is a great cardio workout.

^^ Definitely a killer workout!
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April 6, 2013 4:53 AM
Get your cardio in, for sure, but there's nothing like strength training for toning. A program that incorporates both is ideal.
April 6, 2013 4:56 AM
Thank you for the responses! It's difficult for me to do at-home workouts, I need the routine of the gym. What about workout on the actual cardio machines?
Edited by mykes13 On April 6, 2013 4:57 AM
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April 6, 2013 5:08 AM
if you are currently doing steady state cardio on the machines look into modifying your workouts to Hiit style. It will shorten your workout time and be a better boost for you metabolism post workout. There are many versions of hiit and you can do it on any cardio machine...treadmill, eliptical, bike, etc. etc. Google hiit and you will find lots of options and routines you could follow. Hiit style also helps preserve muscle vs. the catabolising effect excessive steady state cardio has on muscles, at least that is what is written about it. A short summary is that you go really hard (targeting 90+ max heart rate for an intensity burst--often people target a minute or 90 seconds) then follow it with a recovery period where you get your heart rate back down to around 70% maximum (I often do 3-4 minute periods) and repeat this a certain number of times...starting out with 3 or 4. Hiit routines should stay short 30-40 minutes is more than enough. Check it out. I love them but they are intense.


Looking back at your post I see you hate running BTW I don't care for it much either but with Hiit it is just 60-90 seconds of run your ass off and then you can walk 3-4 minutes....it isn't bad and the run is over before you know it...and it feels fricken fabulous when you are done!! wink flowerforyou you might get hooked!
Edited by Hiit_Girl On April 6, 2013 5:13 AM
April 6, 2013 5:12 AM
I agree... you'd be surprised at how much you burn (and sweat) while doing weight/resistance training!!

Depends on what your goal is. I do the StairClimber for my cardio because I hate running as well and I didn't want to get "stick thin". You can strengthen the thighs and glutes in amazing ways with this machine!

A guy at the gym actually recommended it when he admitted he had been watching me for a couple weeks (freaked me out at first). He said I do way too much cardio and that I would lose my curves doing that. He hinted I would look like "the white girls up there." *please don't take this offensively* I know he was referring more to their physique. He pointed at the ladies who normally run miles on the treadmill and have NO shape.

I took his advice and it's been AWESOME at defining my hour glass figure. The 15m (Interval Training) has become part of my workout routine... I started doing 5m straight... and that was no joke! The Interval Training is probably best for me; the machine will alternate between 1m at the highest level (I do lvl 8) and 1m at the lowest level (lvl 3 for me) for the time you specify, after that I'm all about weight lifting, tons of squats and core exercises.
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April 6, 2013 5:13 AM
HIIT coupled with strength training.
April 6, 2013 5:13 AM
How about skipping rope and swimming?
April 6, 2013 5:15 AM
C25K? I love it.

Sorry - I just saw the end where you said you hate running ohwell
Edited by krystina_letitia9 On April 6, 2013 5:19 AM
April 6, 2013 5:18 AM
Start lifting weights. Seriously.
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April 6, 2013 5:20 AM
just skip rope for 30 minutes
April 6, 2013 5:20 AM
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if you are currently doing steady state cardio on the machines look into modifying your workouts to Hiit style. It will shorten your workout time and be a better boost for you metabolism post workout. There are many versions of hiit and you can do it on any cardio machine...treadmill, eliptical, bike, etc. etc. Google hiit and you will find lots of options and routines you could follow. Hiit style also helps preserve muscle vs. the catabolising effect excessive steady state cardio has on muscles, at least that is what is written about it. A short summary is that you go really hard (targeting 90+ max heart rate for an intensity burst--often people target a minute or 90 seconds) then follow it with a recovery period where you get your heart rate back down to around 70% maximum (I often do 3-4 minute periods) and repeat this a certain number of times...starting out with 3 or 4. Hiit routines should stay short 30-40 minutes is more than enough. Check it out. I love them but they are intense.


Looking back at your post I see you hate running BTW I don't care for it much either but with Hiit it is just 60-90 seconds of run your ass off and then you can walk 3-4 minutes....it isn't bad and the run is over before you know it...and it feels fricken fabulous when you are done!! wink flowerforyou you might get hooked!


If you can do HIIT for 40 minutes its not truly HIIT. Your walk shouldn't be 3-4 minutes. Sprint and walk/job should be the same time frame.
April 6, 2013 5:22 AM
lift weights 3 times a week min, cardio 2 to 3 times a week in HIIT style and that is all you need really as long with the most important factor, diet (80/20, remember that) smile
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April 6, 2013 5:25 AM
i love doing this workout everday
April 6, 2013 5:26 AM
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if you are currently doing steady state cardio on the machines look into modifying your workouts to Hiit style. It will shorten your workout time and be a better boost for you metabolism post workout. There are many versions of hiit and you can do it on any cardio machine...treadmill, eliptical, bike, etc. etc. Google hiit and you will find lots of options and routines you could follow. Hiit style also helps preserve muscle vs. the catabolising effect excessive steady state cardio has on muscles, at least that is what is written about it. A short summary is that you go really hard (targeting 90+ max heart rate for an intensity burst--often people target a minute or 90 seconds) then follow it with a recovery period where you get your heart rate back down to around 70% maximum (I often do 3-4 minute periods) and repeat this a certain number of times...starting out with 3 or 4. Hiit routines should stay short 30-40 minutes is more than enough. Check it out. I love them but they are intense.


Looking back at your post I see you hate running BTW I don't care for it much either but with Hiit it is just 60-90 seconds of run your ass off and then you can walk 3-4 minutes....it isn't bad and the run is over before you know it...and it feels fricken fabulous when you are done!! wink flowerforyou you might get hooked!


If you can do HIIT for 40 minutes its not truly HIIT. Your walk shouldn't be 3-4 minutes. Sprint and walk/job should be the same time frame.


Don't be so quick to think your definition of hiit is the only one....have an open mind..

http://www.notyouraveragefitnesstips.com/best-workout-routines/best-cardio-for-weight-loss-hiit-workout-routine

DISCLAIMER: I do not agree with the statement in the article about lifting resulting in bigger legs...if you eat at a deficit lifting will not "bulk" your legs and is a great way to burn calories too
Edited by Hiit_Girl On April 6, 2013 5:31 AM
April 6, 2013 5:26 AM
Sit yourself down on a rowing machine for 20 minutes.

Strength and cardio at the same time.
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April 6, 2013 5:30 AM
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if you are currently doing steady state cardio on the machines look into modifying your workouts to Hiit style. It will shorten your workout time and be a better boost for you metabolism post workout. There are many versions of hiit and you can do it on any cardio machine...treadmill, eliptical, bike, etc. etc. Google hiit and you will find lots of options and routines you could follow. Hiit style also helps preserve muscle vs. the catabolising effect excessive steady state cardio has on muscles, at least that is what is written about it. A short summary is that you go really hard (targeting 90+ max heart rate for an intensity burst--often people target a minute or 90 seconds) then follow it with a recovery period where you get your heart rate back down to around 70% maximum (I often do 3-4 minute periods) and repeat this a certain number of times...starting out with 3 or 4. Hiit routines should stay short 30-40 minutes is more than enough. Check it out. I love them but they are intense.


Looking back at your post I see you hate running BTW I don't care for it much either but with Hiit it is just 60-90 seconds of run your ass off and then you can walk 3-4 minutes....it isn't bad and the run is over before you know it...and it feels fricken fabulous when you are done!! wink flowerforyou you might get hooked!


If you can do HIIT for 40 minutes its not truly HIIT. Your walk shouldn't be 3-4 minutes. Sprint and walk/job should be the same time frame.


Don't be so quick to think your definition of hiit is the only one....have an open mind..

http://www.notyouraveragefitnesstips.com/best-workout-routines/best-cardio-for-weight-loss-hiit-workout-routine


Read your link. 40 minutes of cardio, no thanks.
April 6, 2013 5:38 AM
QUOTE:

Sit yourself down on a rowing machine for 20 minutes.

Strength and cardio at the same time.


This, watch some videos to learn proper technique and then hit the rowing machine. I've never had such an intense workout as attempting to do a 2km piece in race conditions (this takes about 8mins) and you'll feel it everywhere! It's great for core muscles, as well as being amazing on your thighs and shoulders.
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April 6, 2013 5:44 AM
Circuit training
April 6, 2013 5:46 AM
Maybe you'll like a boxing style cardio? Punching a bag, rope ect.
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April 6, 2013 5:57 AM
I tried to do exercise videos at home. Hated it! I have found that strength training is awesome with about 15 minutes of cardio done afterwards. On days that I don't do strength training I will try to take a class at the gym. They are usually an hour long and really fun. This morning I am going to a class called Body Step. It is HIIT step aerobics.
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April 6, 2013 6:14 AM
I love running. I run for an hour and then I do the elliptical for 30 minutes. After that I do weight training.
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