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Nick M

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Gentlemen,

Is there any fitness value to be had out of an exercise bike?

Sitting in front of the TV, just... cycling.

Or is it better to just go jogging?
 

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I'm not an expert but I believe cycling is less strain on your knees than jogging.
 

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As long as you get your heart rate up and work up a sweat, yes there is alot of value.  I used to take cycle classes that were very tough and very good excercise. ATM is right, it is less impact on your knees.
 

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elliptical trainers are good too, especially if they've got the moving arm handles. i always liked using the ones at the gym that had the pulse readers built-in.
 

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For full-body workout, I suggest a rowing machine. It doesn't take up much space.

Exercise bike is alright, but there is a catch. For some people their legs get tired before their heart rate reaches 80% of the max value.
 

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For full-body workout, I suggest a rowing machine. It doesn't take up much space.

Exercise bike is alright, but there is a catch. For some people their legs  get tired before their heart rate reaches 80% of the max value.
a good workout on a rower will give you a antastic back, too
 

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For full-body workout, I suggest a rowing machine. It doesn't take up much space.

Exercise bike is alright, but there is a catch. For some people their legs  get tired before their heart rate reaches 80% of the max value.
That is correct.
Most people do not use the bike correctly...they get on, and watch tv or something while casually cycling...which is better than no exercise, but a lot of time is wasted.
If you go to a spin class, you'll feel the difference. They make you do a lot of sprints etc. to keep your heart rate up there.

My preference of cardio... stairs > treadmill > elliptical > rowing > bike
 

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elliptical trainers are good too, especially if they've got the moving arm handles. i always liked using the ones at the gym that had the pulse readers built-in.
I agree - the ellipitcal offers a pretty solid workout, though I hardly ever use it as its a bit 'girly'
Childish of me, I know... Panzer
 

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l'm not an expert in the  muscle usage during exercise but l can say the following:

Running has a bad impact on the feet. Jogging can damage the feet via jarring.

An exercise bike can be used for developing afew muscle groups (not all but some). For eg, the legs will become stronger.

Please note: if you don't use your muscles, you lose them.

Best way to keep muscle and remain strong is to go to an exercise place that offers PUMP. PUMP exercises all the major muscles in the body. lt is one of the most benificial exercises there is.

lf you want to know more about PUMP just say so. PUMP is great for strenthening the human body. About the best exercise there is.
 

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ok, I'll bite. what is pump
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ok, I'll bite. what is pump
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Its drinking one's own urine while simulatneously doing one-handed push ups. The push-ups break down the muscle and provide the appropriate stress to the muscle while the urine simulatneously increases protein absorbtion and nitrogen retention therby increasing muscle mass. Needless to say, only the mid-stream of the urine needs to be consumed. Regards, Panzer
 

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PUMP is when you lift small weights with your arms and legs and other body parts.You also do sit ups and other different excerises like bending and stretching [while holding light weights]. l do it 3 times a week. ln the first 2 weeks your muscles hurt like hell, but after that time your body gets used to it.

PUMP is just about the best/most efficent exercise there is. lt exercises all the major muscle groups. Give it a try and decide for yourself.

Nick M: go to PUMP in Eltham. My m8 owns the place. His name is Scott. l can't remember the name of the place but it is in Bolton Street, Eltham (just about 500 meters from the Mc Donalds [off sherbourne Road]). PUMP is FAR suppior than a bike and jogging.
 

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(globetrotter @ June 17 2005,08:40) ok, I'll bite. what is pump
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Its drinking one's own urine while simulatneously doing one-handed push ups. The push-ups break down the muscle and provide the appropriate stress to the muscle while the urine simulatneously increases protein absorbtion and nitrogen retention therby increasing muscle mass. Needless to say, only the mid-stream of the urine needs to be consumed. Regards, Panzer
Panzer: stop acting like a D*ckhead. PUMP has amazing results.
 

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(Panzeraxe @ June 17 2005,08:44)
Originally Posted by globetrotter,June 17 2005,08:40
ok, I'll bite. what is pump
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Its drinking one's own urine while simulatneously doing one-handed push ups. The push-ups break down the muscle and provide the appropriate stress to the muscle while the urine simulatneously increases protein absorbtion and nitrogen retention therby increasing muscle mass. Needless to say, only the mid-stream of the urine needs to be consumed. Regards, Panzer
Panzer: stop acting like a D*ckhead. PUMP has amazing results.
I'm sure it is - quite a fancy name for something that's essentially a light aerobic workout, that'll only prove to be effective for the 1st 2-3 weeks as your body adapts to the moderate workload. If you want to get a full body workout do deadlifts, squats etc. followed by some serious aerobic activity like the rock climber, ellipitcal or sprints. Essentially what I'm saying is lift and train like a man (and eat like a man as well). Panzer
 

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I have been working with kettlebells for a month or so, which are basically single handled metal balls that weigh from 8 kilo to 32 kilo. instead of lifting in a controled manner a certain number of reps, you basically do a series of excersises that involve lifting it from the floor to above your head, swinging it around your back, etc. but with dozens of reps. I find it very very intense, and highly recomend it.
 

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