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ZELDA13 SparkPoints: (34,052)
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8/6/11 1:07 A

Was going to refer you to an article, but I see that UNIDENT already provided a link. Good Luck!

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,128
8/5/11 9:27 P

The intensity of stationary cycling depends not just on speed, but also the resistance. It is possible to have a pretty intense workout at low speed by increasing the resistance. And on low resistance, even a relatively high speed might not be particularly intense.

Moderate v. vigorous is more about the overall intensity of effort, than any particular speed. I agree that looking at your heart rate or rate of perceived exertion is a better indicator.

M@L

VANESSAWY SparkPoints: (8,488)
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8/5/11 9:23 P

Thank you!!! Great article and I never would have found it - this will also really help me insure the best results from future workouts.

thanks again, Vanessa

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
8/5/11 4:10 P

Moderate vs Vigorous is naught to do with speed. It's defined at the bottom of this article:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=1044


VANESSAWY SparkPoints: (8,488)
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8/5/11 2:36 P

Hey all you regular exercisers I have a question...it's been so hot outside I've been riding a stationary bike but I'm not sure at what speeds the Tracker considers MODERATE and VIGOROUS workouts. Haven't been able to find anything listed on the site.

Any ideas? Sometimes I will do a constant speed of 18 mph and some days I'll keep it up to 20 mph. Occasionally I will do some interval training going between 16 mph up to 23 mph for a minute.

thanks for your help! Vanessa

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