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Old 06-20-2007, 11:01 PM
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Different methods of cardio

So for the past month or so I've been hitting the gym a good 6 days a week (on a membership stolen from my mom, lol) just going ont he ellipticals and stuff. I've lost 8 or 9 lbs, but for the past week I've kinda been stagnating. I think maybe my body is getting used to my exercise routine or something. So what kinda stuff could I do at a small gym where I want to limit contact with staff for fear that they realize I'm not the one subscribed to the gym?

I've been looking at doing spinning but I'm not sure if that does more cardio or building muscle...I figure the ellipticals build enough muscle and I don't need any more lol.
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Old 06-21-2007, 12:25 AM
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Your body can definitely get used to doing the same routine and cause you to plateau. If you love the elliptical you could even change up your routine on it, do intervals, etc. Mess around with resistance and incline. Have you ever done one of those stair machines where it's like you're actually walking up a flight of stairs? It looks easier than it is, IMO. You'll work up a sweat, anyways.

Spin is a good cardio workout but I see a lot of people on the bikes at the gym that look like they're going for a nice ride in the park...probably gotta push yourself more than that, maybe in a class, but not sure if that's an option for you bc of the whole "membership" part. Also, you said you don't need any more muscle, but building muscle helps boost your metabolism (muscle burns more than fat! ) Your weight might not go down with lifting weights but you will get leaner and more toned.

How do you feel about working out outside? Running, rollerblading, biking, etc... I personally feel like I get a better workout when I do something outside. Maybe bc I get bored on the cardio machines at the gym and quit early.

I hope this was somewhat helpful! I like to recommend lifting weights bc being strong is fun and most women will not get big and bulky from it because of our hormones.
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Old 06-23-2007, 12:16 PM
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for some reason I find working out outside to be a lot harder than just going on the elliptical...especially since my usual route (from my house to the downtown of my city) is almost entirely uphill on the way there. i also live on a hilly dirt road so rollerblading and biking aren't really feasible. Outside I tend to get distracted...maybe I'll wander into a store or something...I just find it goes a lot quicker at the gym!

I haven't been on the stairmaster yet (I tried one and couldn't even get the things to move, but maybe the resistance was too high) but maybe I'll try it. I also do interval training a lot on the elliptical (whatever setting they say burns fat...) so maybe I'll change it up.
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Old 06-24-2007, 01:16 AM
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Are you monitoring your heart rate while you're on the elliptical pianochica?

When i'm doin elliptical work, I'll alternate from day to day how I do it. One day I may go a walking pace but very high resistance and inclination, the next day i'll do less resistance but very high pace (running almost). Either way I try and keep my heartrate right around 75% of my max and I try not to go over that. Once my heart rate gets up there I continue for 3-4 minutes then slow down and let my heart rate fall a little for about 5 minutes, then i'll ramp it back up again.

I'm no expert or anything, but that seems to work for me.
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Old 06-24-2007, 12:44 PM
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The elliptical does not build serious muscle... spinning builds a bit of leg muscle but not a huge amount.
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Old 06-24-2007, 01:10 PM
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Intervals are a great way to kick up your cardio when your body has gotten used to the routine...you can keep using the elliptical, but rather than going at the same intensity, do short bursts of high intensity followed by a few minutes recovery.
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Old 10-14-2007, 08:43 AM
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Try introducing some interval training into your cardio routine. You should be doing SOME strength training, remember that muscle uses more energy than fat, and you're not going to end up looking like Arnie!
A higher incline is better than a higher speed, but you should try alternate machines. I find the rower a LOT of fun. I get a buddy to get on the machine next to me and we have races!
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Old 10-14-2007, 12:38 PM
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Spinning is great! I do X-BIKE which is like spin class 3 days a week and honestly it got me in the best shape after my son was born. It leaned mw down a lot.
And yes, your body will get used to the same thing so you will not burn as many calories. Keep switching it up
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