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Default Intense Cardio Vs. Moderate long duration cardio. - 02-02-2009, 11:10 AM

What are your feeling toward each of these and why.


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Default 02-02-2009, 11:26 AM

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What are your feeling toward each of these and why.

Not a big fan of moderate long duration cardio
. I was a runner for many years (3-8 miles a day), and it resulted in me looking like a twig. I was also lifting (though very unstructured) during this time, and eating like a hog.

My heavy running years were age 16-21 (pre-serious weightlifting), and age 24-26 (US Army). During both of these periods I experienced muscle atrophy, despite heavy eating and simple weight training. (and, of course, bodyweight workouts in the Army)

My sister was a marathon runner, and trained from 10-20 miles per day on training days. FUBAR-ed her knees.

As far as Intense Cardio, I think it is a better alternative, but not so much for the over 35 crowd. The cumulative joint impact, and potential for strains and tears, makes this form of cardio a non-option for my aging body.

Thoughts. I prefer walking above any forms of cardio for my age...My heart rate is brought up many times a week through my weight training routine...squats, rest-paused deadlift set for 20 minutes, etc. I know this isn't the best way to get a higher heart rate, but it is the best way for my old, big butt
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Default 02-02-2009, 12:19 PM

Maybe an interesting read on cardio and it's effects on the size of you heart:

http://www.alsearsmd.com/signup/pace-google1/

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Default 02-02-2009, 06:29 PM

i want to be built so i stick to intense now
i used to run 6-8miles a day and it did a # on my legs


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Default 02-02-2009, 06:44 PM

Depends for me. On off days I prefer shorter more high intensity cardio. If I am working out that day I will usually just do low intensity(about 3.2 mph or so) on the treadmill after my workout. I do feel both are useful though depending on how you classify long duration. I would not go over an hour, after that I think it would be better to be split up into two cardio sessions. Maybe one in the morning and the other post workout.


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Default 02-02-2009, 07:54 PM

You can call it cardio or you can call it conditioning but I favor a high impact, high intensity workout. You have to listen to your body and pounding on an injury will only cause problems, however, in time I feel your body can learn to absorb the training. Sprints, box jumps, jumping rope, bag work, and just good old running help me stay in shape. I rarely run more than 5 K and more often, I'll run a very steep hill course that's about a mile long. I follow it up with jumping jacks, squat thrusts, or rope jumping. I realize everybody is different but with my 48th birthday coming up next week, I'm still able to do this without pain in the joints. At times, I'll get a sore knee or even a hip, which is usually caused by a kicking drill in karate, when I snap my leg out and miss my target. I know guys in their 60's that can bring their knee up and touch their shoulder, jump 24 in. vertical with no problem. Did anybody see a 59 y.o. Bruce Springsteen in the Superbowl half-time show? In my opinion, he looks fit and not skinny. IMO, continuous long distance running can really tear down your muscles but if your body can stand it then intense high impact aerobics can make you a more formidable competitor in sports. IMO, body builders need to be more careful so they don't tear down the muscle they work so hard to show. Most atheletes need to train harder and longer than the events they're going to compete in so that they can give 100%, and every now and then rise to the occasion and put out a little bit more.


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Default 02-03-2009, 11:44 AM

I do a lot more intense cardio when cutting like HITT and running distances for time. When I'm bulking I generally do a lot lower intensity cardio. I will generally do walking at an incline on the treadmill and I'll do some eliptical.


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Default 02-05-2009, 07:34 PM

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Maybe an interesting read on cardio and it's effects on the size of you heart:

http://www.alsearsmd.com/signup/pace-google1/

Nice article, Rick. I'm sure it's trying to sell something, but it identifies the importances of varying intensities.

neither is bad, and neither is better. Long duration cardio is good for building and reinforcing your aerobic base, as well as making your body more efficient at various levels of demand.

High intensity cardio, such as interval or repetition training, is important for increasing you anaerobic threshold and strengthening your heart. Plus, the effects of Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) result in the continual burning of calories after your workout is done.

Regardless of your goals, I feel that both forms of training are important. If you train in "Zones" when you do your long-duration cardio, you can throw in the occasional high-intensity, gut-busting intervals that leave you begging for oxygen, and that's just as good as including an interval day during your workout schedule.


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