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Swimming sounds good. There's a pool at the Y. I kind of hate being outdoors during the summer unless it's complete relaxation due to humidity and general oppressiveness of heat. 

I also suck at swimming and haven't done any form of swimming in about 10 years so it will probably a hell of a workout haha. I'll do a few laps tomorrow after I train and see how it goes. Otherwise might just do intervals on the treadmill until I figure something out. Pickup bball sounds good.

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I ran for the first time in over a year Monday, did a mile in 8.  Didn't even really lose my breath but my calves were sore for like 3 days :angry:

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No lie my calves are already feeling like bricks and I only finished like an hour ago.

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Originally Posted by OccultaVexillum View Post

What do you guys usually do for cardio?
TLDR - I hate running and can't push the sled, any ideas for enjoyable cardio?

Erg / Row. Get yourself a used Concept2. Advantages over other cardio: almost full body workout, fairly large RoM, very easy on joints, adjustable resistance. Most Concept2 rowers have pace boat modes and other games to keep the boredom at bay.

Also, for pure "cardio" where the intent is to maximize lung and heart performance, rowing is tough to beat:
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The highest values [VO2max] in absolute terms for humans are often found in rowers, as their much greater bulk makes up for a slightly lower VO2 max per kg. Elite oarsmen measured in 1984 had VO2 max values of 6.1±0.6 L/min and oarswomen 4.1±0.4 L/min.[15] Rowers are interested in both absolute values of VO2 max and in lung capacity, and the fact that they are measured in similar units means that the two are often confused. British rower Sir Matthew Pinsent is variously reported to have had a VO2 of 7.5l/min[16] or 8.5l/min, although the latter may represent confusion with his lung capacity of 8.5 litres.[17] New Zealand sculler Rob Waddell has one of the highest absolute VO2 max levels ever tested.
So runners and cyclists often have higher VO2Max/kg but rowers generally have the best VO2max independent of body weight. Also, compared to most other endurance athletes, rowers tend to have highly developed upper backs, abs, and shoulders, along with strong legs and hammies.

TL;DR - Unless you absolutely love running/cycling/swimming, I am a big proponent of rowing as the best choice for cardio that maximizes performance and physique.
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Originally Posted by OccultaVexillum View Post

What do you guys usually do for cardio?
I haven't done shit in about a year and I need to start. When I was living in CO I pushed/pulled the sled everywhere, but where I live now the grass is just way too soft and my sled just gets stuck in the dirt even without any added weight. Reason I ask: Just went to lift in the garage but the keys are locked in the car (my son was playing with the spare set and locked it) and I can't back it out of the gym, so I did some sprints instead and it sucked. 10 sprints, no idea how far (two telegraph poles, estimate about 200m) resting 90 seconds between. I need something to do like 2x week.
TLDR - I hate running and can't push the sled, any ideas for enjoyable cardio?

If I'm doing cardio for the sake of weight loss I just walk briskly for 45mins, anything else affects recovery.

If I'm trying to increase conditioning I push a sled or BMX.
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Yeah, I think of all athletes, rowers have the best looking bodies. I rowed for a bit in college and know a lot of the men and women on the team and they were by far the best looking athletes on campus.

 

Erging is boring as shit though. Find a movie or something to watch while you erg.


Also, learn proper technique. People are awful at the movement. I can't watch people erg in the gym because it looks god awful.

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Originally Posted by Sir Humphrey Appleby View Post

What is so special about the town/city you live in now that she wants to go to that uni? Is it very well respected for dieticians?

No, nothing special at all aside from it's a good, maybe the best, RD program in the state and she will be able to get the in-state tuition rate.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

I bet there are equally good places in boston/nyc/philly. All three of them are medical hubs.

It sounds like she has skewed notions of fairness or she's just feeling overwhelmed about things in general. The latter is more plausible.

I think it's both. Just seems like she's throwing out excuses rather than giving me solid reasons. I don't know why she doesn't get it, everyone I've talked to has said she's being unreasonable and has agreed with me. If I don't get into H/W then the matter is pretty much settled anyways. I'd prefer to live on the east coast and go to Columbia probably, but Chicago's cool. My focus is in manufacturing companies anyways, and I feel like while I'll probably make less money in Chi I'll be closer to business and cost of living is way less. Then again if I start my own firm in 5-10 years it doesn't really matter as I'll be making bank either way.

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Originally Posted by fuji View Post

If she becomes a dietician will she get you shredded?

I'm already getting shredded brah, gimme another 15 lbs and I'll post some homopix for you. Just trimmed my body hair and lookin pretty good wink.gif

Also, for cardio, wtf is the point unless you've got heart issues and/or are getting older. I started biking/walking a ton more to save gas money so why not just do that?
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Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post

Also, for cardio, wtf is the point unless you've got heart issues and/or are getting older. I started biking/walking a ton more to save gas money so why not just do that?


That's how I feel. If you live an active normal life than you really don't need to do cardio. If you are a complete shut in that watches full metal alchemist all day on the computer, then get outside instead of going to the gym to do cardio. That's just normal general health, of course if you're an athlete who needs to be conditioned or are on a cut then yea, you'll have to do cardio.
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I mean, I like not feeling out of breath after walking up a couple flight of stairs.

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I just started biking and walking everywhere. I just noticed so far this year, six months in, I've only put 1,800 miles on my car.
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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post

That's how I feel. If you live an active normal life than you really don't need to do cardio. If you are a complete shut in that watches full metal alchemist all day on the computer, then get outside instead of going to the gym to do cardio. That's just normal general health, of course if you're an athlete who needs to be conditioned or are on a cut then yea, you'll have to do cardio.

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

I mean, I like not feeling out of breath after walking up a couple flight of stairs.

Dang, time traveling burn.

Anyways no you don't have to do cardio on a cut. At least I haven't had to yet and when I posted here a couple weeks ago about it everyone agreed.
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Originally Posted by OccultaVexillum View Post
 

Did some extra hip hinge work after my pull session (gross) last night and decided to just do a ton of KB swings, caught myself in the nuts pretty bad at the end. :violin:

Ouch! Did you have a spotter? :D

 

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Originally Posted by KingJulien View Post
 

Wait. Are you guys confusing incline for DECLINE bench? Decline (head lower than feet) bench will always be higher.

I only do flat bench now. But my incline was always weaker than the flat. My decline wasn't as strong as the flat but it was way more easier because of the reduced range of motion.

 

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Originally Posted by OccultaVexillum View Post
 

What do you guys usually do for cardio?

I haven't done shit in about a year and I need to start. When I was living in CO I pushed/pulled the sled everywhere, but where I live now the grass is just way too soft and my sled just gets stuck in the dirt even without any added weight. Reason I ask: Just went to lift in the garage but the keys are locked in the car (my son was playing with the spare set and locked it) and I can't back it out of the gym, so I did some sprints instead and it sucked. 10 sprints, no idea how far (two telegraph poles, estimate about 200m) resting 90 seconds between. I need something to do like 2x week.

TLDR - I hate running and can't push the sled, any ideas for enjoyable cardio?

Work the bag! It's fun, gets out aggression, and will keep you motivated to come back.

 

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Originally Posted by LeeroyDaBoy View Post
 

WTF...

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I'm a full time student/stat at home dad. I live in the boonies and am finishing my degree online and through skype at the school I started at in Denver. I'm usually outside a good chunk of the day just running around with the kid but generally speaking I want to do "cardio" cos it helps work capacity, physique, heart health, recovery. I can't just "walk places" cos there isn't anything around me and I have no place to go. Preferably, I'd do weight-based cardio like prowler/sled work and complexes but I seem to have issues programming complexes into my training and the prowler does not work well around these parts.

When I'm saying "cardio" I'm not saying I want to be a marathon runner, it would be 2, maybe 3, days a week for about 30 minutes max just for general health and for something to do.

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I also really like Twix and Snickers (Snickerses? Snickers'?).

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