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HaTe 12-27-2006 08:52 PM

Need some help from Cardio freaks :)
 
Hey guys, im new to these forums - is this like sherdog?

Anyhow,I got one question... How can I make my cardio strong and my sprint time faster? Right now I go to gym (weights), run outside and sprint outside... I HATE doing cardio.. a buddy told me to try a bike for 30 mins or so.. he said it helps alot. Im trying to eat healthy... trying to get into shape for police... any help would be appreciated.

Im 215 6'2, I do weights 2 days rest 1 and then 2 again... and i run long distance (1 mile or so) 1 day and sprint walk and sprint on the next.

Zapatista 12-28-2006 11:14 AM

I used to hate cardio too and found that the bike was something that I liked to do, but I personally don't think it is as good as cardio as other options, definitely not just 30 minutes. The bike(s) I used for cardio would keep me in the target heart range for cardio for about 5 to 7 minutes out of a 30 minute time on the bike, which is basically pointless since it was never 5 to 7 consecutive minutes. I found that the elliptical machines are farily nice to be on and they give a better workout, faster, than the bike does.

If you're trying to get into shape for the police, I'd recommend going to your local library and looking up books on police training. You'll most likely be able to find books on exactly what is expected of you for personal fitness throughout police academy and the book should also give you some ideas on how to improve cardio (along with your weight training, but you don't seem, or want, to need help with that)

The Diesel 12-28-2006 03:48 PM

Its all about running. I know you hate it, so do i. Iv been running a few weeks now every day and iv lost so much weight and it gets easier the more you do it. I went from being a 225lb fat smoker to 203 running nonsmoker in just 3 weeks. Im taking Hydroxycut hardcore which helps alot with the energy and it help me to push myself a couple more laps that normally i wouldnt even consider lol. Suck it up, take some supplements and hit the treadmill. You burn alot more calories running than anything else in the gym. When you cant possibly run anymore because yur legs have turned into noodles, then you hit the bike to pull out a couple hundred more calories. You'll notice a difference fast.

cabby 12-29-2006 11:40 AM

I never liked running or even tried it out till this last summer. I started at 5.5mph for 15minutes and eventually got up to 6mph for 30 minutes which is around 3miles a pop sometimes id do it twice in one day. My treadmill was in the basement which was humid as hell so sweat just ran off. I was in the best shape of my life. Keep pushing it and do overdo it ur body will get used to it as you drop weight. Another thing I noticed is when u run your pores are open all the time and u sweat out toxins alot easier than if u didnt run at all. Running is the shit you feel so good when you do it.

I.P.Freely 01-02-2007 08:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HaTe
Hey guys, im new to these forums - is this like sherdog?

Anyhow,I got one question... How can I make my cardio strong and my sprint time faster? Right now I go to gym (weights), run outside and sprint outside... I HATE doing cardio.. a buddy told me to try a bike for 30 mins or so.. he said it helps alot. Im trying to eat healthy... trying to get into shape for police... any help would be appreciated.

Im 215 6'2, I do weights 2 days rest 1 and then 2 again... and i run long distance (1 mile or so) 1 day and sprint walk and sprint on the next.

Running may be the best option, but an honourable mention goes to cross training machines (think they are called "aerodynes" as well). You can adjust them to be as hard or as easy as you like, and they don't stress the back and the knees as much as running. Because you're leaning forward slightly you can develop your core strength, and they also build up stamina in the muscles in the arms.

cxm 01-02-2007 11:28 AM

The first thing in cardio training it to monitor your heart rate, finding your max heart rate, our resting heart rate and your recovery time (the time it takes your heart rate to get back to its normal level after exercise) In my exeperience, running, elliptical training, and jumping rope are the best cardio excercises. You can prolong the training with less burn by using a product like Cytomax or enduromax. I know from personal experience that they absolutly work.
I have an amazing heart rate calculating file if your interested, its very informative and in depth, its mainly aimed at cyclists, but it translates over to any cardio training.

Onganju 01-02-2007 11:42 PM

If you don't like running, start swimming for time and distance. Not only is it working more muscle groups, but you will teach your body to use up the oxygen it has in your lungs. Other than that...

You can dance, or play soccer. Your pick.

Zapatista 01-03-2007 05:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Onganju
If you don't like running, start swimming for time and distance. Not only is it working more muscle groups, but you will teach your body to use up the oxygen it has in your lungs. Other than that...

You can dance, or play soccer. Your pick.

or basketball.

FamusRiteHook 01-05-2007 05:48 AM

RUN! RUN RUN! RUN!HAHAHHAAH, it is true!!!! running is the key for cardio and burning fat....true story!! i weighed 187lbs and i ran every day for a month and a half and got down to 170lbs, then i started swimming and hot steam room excerices and now im 160lbs......

I.P.Freely 01-05-2007 10:35 PM

Since we're throwing out kinds of cardio...

A friend of mine plays water polo. Sounds posh and effiminate, right? Well, it may do, but according to my friend (who also trains MMA) it is an amazing workout.

In waterpolo you are basically treading water the whole time, but with a lot of your body out of the water, keeping a keep high level of cardio. To get the ball off someone, you can basically do anything to get them down into the water and keep them there, until they give up the ball. So it's basically wrestling in the water, and is very intense. Being in the water makes you very flexible as well.

I think I heard Joe Rogan say that BJ Penn used to play water polo before he got into BJJ.


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