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JAJUMOMMY2000
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1/9/13 9:00 A

Maybe I will try that. There is no spinning class OR bike there. Its a very small YMCA. I take fridays off, but I started doing the bike every other day as a sort of break day. Like a slow day at the gym. M, W, Sa I do treadmill and weights. Su, Tu, Thur I do bike. I also stretch after each workout and on the bike day I do lower ab/leg lifts to work on my lower abs.



BENTOGYRL
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1/9/13 5:40 A

I have to agree with happening fish. It's always important to change up your intensity. I run on the treadmill during the winter and I was doing intervals of walking and running, but now its gotten to the point where I can run 30 minutes in a row, but it just seems so annoying sometimes. I am going to try varying my running speeds. I've always done a faster run at the end as a kind of last sprint, but I'm going to try running faster for a minute every 5 minutes, and see if that makes my workouts more interesting and challenging. Cause I KNOW I can't go faster the whole way, but maybe speed training will jump start my body, so maybe that would work for the bike too?



HAPPENINGFISH
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1/9/13 5:15 A

I find it's sometimes just like that, particularly if I train a little bit too much. Are you training every day? You say you do the bike every other day, but on the "off" days are you on the treadmill/weights?

Have you tried using a different program on the bike, like an interval or hill? That might help switch it up a bit. I do a lot of cycling, and I find the bike machines often get us to pedal really differently than in the real world (resistance too regular and cadence (RPM of your feet) waaaay too low). If you're at the gym, do they have spinning? I highly, HIGHLY recommend trying that. It's a world of difference. Even if they just have one spinning bike and no classes, I have some spinning videos on my iPod and I just plug myself in and go.

I wouldn't be surprised if changing up your intensity and doing intervals got you out of the rut. It's hard for the body to improve on just slogging through one resistance level. You wouldn't have to do it every workout, but once-twice a week wouldn't hurt... hope that helps.



JAJUMOMMY2000
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1/8/13 10:59 P

Ive been doing the bike for about four weeks now, every other day. Usually for 30 minutes at a level 10 resistance. after about 2 weeks I was doing 6 miles in 30 minutes easily. I bumped the resistance up to 11. That lasted a day, lol. I have gone back down to 10 and I am struggling getting to 30 minutes. I am getting winded emoticon and tired and my thighs are on fire!!!! I just cant figure out why its getting HARDER instead of easier. I have been able to up my speed on the treadmill since I started and have upped weights since I started as well. Why is this getting harder? Any suggestions?



 
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