I do the core of my Cardio training before a weight session, usually a combination of speed intervals and hills for 20 min. - do my weight sets (40 min.) - then finish with a steady paced 15 min. jog... makes for the perfect 75 min workout!
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My Gymboss interval timer is my partner in crime. I use it for HIIT (High intensity intrval training) training on the vertical bike. Instead of spending an hour doing cardio, I do my cardio in 20 minutes! This saves time and allows me to focus on my weight training. After 20 minutes of HIIT cardio, I'm dripping wet and burned just as many calories as if I did 1 hour of cardio.
I bought mine off their website for $19.99 plus shipping. It keeps me in tune with my intervals! www.gymboss.com
I have worked out all my life, and started lifting weights when I was 18. I have kept the weight off even through having 4 kids. I do mostly weight training with some cardio but put the emphasis on strength training and HIIT, not long time cardio. Love my muscle, especially since as you start getting older you will lose it if you don't use it.
Give it a try, muscle burns 24/7 and you will increase your metabolism all day.
I don't mind strength training, but I mind the amount of time it takes, especially when I'm trying to still squeeze in cardio on the same day. My solution at the moment is circuit training. I use a DVD, there are classes, or you can put together your own using Spark videos. It's sort of like cardio with weights - the calorie burn of cardio, plus muscle strengthening. Two workouts in the time of one!
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