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Back at the gym


Monday, August 31, 2009

Poor choice of level on the Stairmaster meant switching to the treadmill after ten minutes. So I guess one of my early goals for the semester is "Find a Stairmaster level that works for thirty minutes, then work up."
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STILLFLYIN 9/1/2009 12:38PM

    Sounds like a plan! emoticon

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AEMILIA 8/31/2009 7:16PM

    I have never tried actual stairstepping, so my thoughts must be taken with the proverbial grain of salt. emoticon

Unlike weight training, where you need to get different muscles working hard enough, cardio is mostly about overall exertion. So I tend to figure that cardio is interchangeable (if it gets you working equally hard).

I like the Stairmaster because I hardly ever have to wait for one at the gym (and I'm on campus every day, so the gym isn't a special trip for me.) It's also nice to have a pre-programmed routine, and I know that I don't (usually) have to worry about wearing myself out on the hard parts and being unable to do the easy ones. (When I've done the 5Ks, I find it tricky to figure out how long I can run and still have enough energy to finish without slowing down to a walk.)

I think a real step would be equally good for me in terms of health benefits, though.

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GORNCAPTAIN 8/31/2009 7:00PM

    Gorn would like to know:

What is Aemilia's opinion concerning stair machines vs. actual stepping (12 inches step up and then down again)?

Gorn is curious.



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RONIH2O 8/31/2009 5:06PM

    At least you are going to the gym. I am happy they are putting one in across the street from me! I kinda fell off the last couple weeks cuz my kid was heading off to boot camp, but now I am going to hit it hard to surprise him when he gets out.

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