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BERRY4 SparkPoints: (161,967)
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12/3/12 8:43 P

I always like what SERGEANTMAJOR brings to the "table"! Thanks for the reminders (once again) about prioritizing ST and fitting in cardio on alternate days. I DO try to do most cardio as "intervals", and have followed many of the P.A.C.E. principles.

Now that I've developed more of a strength training "outlook", I prefer ST to most cardio unless it is walking outside (which is as much a stress reliever as anything!).

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SERGEANTMAJOR Posts: 6,458
12/3/12 5:23 P

The current research has proven than alternating cardio and strength work in the same workout degrades the quality of both. Since , according to the fat loss research, strength training is more critical to fat lass than cardio I suggest you do them separately to maximize the benefit of both.


It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs


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IAMLOVEDBYYOU Posts: 374
12/3/12 4:23 P

I split up my cardio too. I will do 10 or 15 minutes each on the treadmill, elliptical, and stationary bike, with strength training in between. On the treadmill, I alternate between walking and sprinting, I hate jogging. But I will alternate 2 minutes of walking (usually at 3.5) with 1 minute of running (7.5-8.5). While I'm sprinting, I'm really focused on how fast I need to go, and when I'm walking, I'm working on recovery. I used to jog for 30 minutes and get do bored. The challenge/rest interval keeps me more engaged.

COUGARZ4LIFE Posts: 56
12/3/12 8:54 A

I had the same question. Sometimes 30 min on a treadmill seems like forever. Shaking things up will freshen up my exercising.

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BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,979
12/3/12 2:26 A

Or you could find a cardio you like? Classes are fun, so is walking or running outside!

~Jess~

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SERGEANTMAJOR Posts: 6,458
12/2/12 6:11 P

Why not simply concentrate on strength training (which is the most important form of exercise for fat loss compared to cardio)on three alternate days then do two interval cardio workouts of thirty minutes duration on non strength training days. There is not need to do six days of cardio untless you are training for an endurance event even then you need to vary your training.


It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs


Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,587
12/2/12 5:48 P

While there are health benefits from keeping your heart rate elevated for longer, you will burn the same calories either way.

But personally, I would address the boredom issue another way. Run or walk outside, weather permitting - the changing landscape makes things more interesting. Wear an MP3 player and listen to music/audiobook. If the treadmill bores you, try a different form of exercise, whether the elliptical, a class of some type, etc.

Also, most experts recommend resting your muscles for 48 hours between strength training sessions, to allow them to recover and get stronger. If you are going to the gym 6 times per week, using ST to break things up is only going to work for 3 of those 6 days.

M@L

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,358)
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12/2/12 5:45 P

Certainly you can! You get the same benefits from 30 minutes of cardio as you do from 15 minute chunks. :)

However, if walking on a treadmill bores you... shake it up! There's so much more you can do for cardio. I love to exercise, and I can't abide the treadmill. But there have been some gym classes where we got on them and I got off with my legs shaking and sweating like crazy!

Check out this article:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=1468


Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 12/2/2012 (17:46)
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FIELDWORKING SparkPoints: (29,649)
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12/2/12 5:12 P

I don't see why you can't split the time up. You could always try to increase your intensity while you are on the treadmill. For example, if you are only spending 15 minutes on the treadmill, you can try jogging/running during that time. You could walk for 1 minute then jog for a minute, and alternate for those 15 minutes. Over time, increase the amount of time that you are jogging/running. You could also increase the incline. Sometimes, I like to set the incline at 5% and walk between 3.5 and 4.0 mph (increasing ever 30 seconds to a minute). Sometimes, I will set the treadmill at the 10% or 15% incline. Of course, at the 15% incline I can only go about 2.5 mph.

BRITOMART Posts: 7,587
12/2/12 12:22 P

Whatever works for you.

The program you outline is approaching interval training, which is quite popular. Here's a link to some of SP's resources. Even if you don't move all the way there, you'll maybe find ideas on how to make it best for your workout
www.sparkpeople.com/diet-resources.asp?t=i
nterval%20training%20exercise

Good success to you!

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LEXAPAIGE Posts: 42
12/2/12 12:01 P

I go to the gym 6x a week and cardio is just not for me. Going on a treadmill for 30 straight minutes bores the heck outta me. My question is: Is it okay to divide my cardio time between my strength training. 15 minutes of treadmill, strength training, then finish off my last 15 minutes. I'm not sure if it even makes a difference. Just wondering.

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