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Unread 09-25-2017, 01:19 AM
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Default Best alternatives to running movements for raising cardio

Running and jogging is out of the question, for reasons more complicated than an injury. I'm not injured. I just can't run or jog probably for a very long time.

What would you suggest is the best machine route to raising cardio ability? Some say rowing machine, but I don't know.

Best bang for your buck?
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Unread 09-25-2017, 02:44 AM
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Erg is my choice too
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Unread 09-25-2017, 06:34 AM
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erg

- potential blisters on heels and hands
- personally can't endure as long because my knees complain
- when you get sweaty earbuds won't stay in

spin class

- well it is a class so there is a schedule and you might take a while to find an instructor(s) you like
- don't need your own music, but you might not like everything that is played
- sore butt until you get used to it
- gotta stretch, or at least I do because my hip gets tight

Both incorporate your core; obviously erg is more full body.
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Unread 09-25-2017, 08:30 AM
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When my knee was bugging me and I needed to run less, I used the Elliptical. RPE always seems less at a similar heart rate when running, so you might have a better shot at getting more bang for your buck.

Obviously low impact as well.
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Unread 09-25-2017, 11:03 AM
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Spinning is an easy choice.

Pool and swimming if you can find one. I like pool the most by far because I do it after workouts as well for cardio and muscle relaxing/healing. But kind of a pita to find one.
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Unread 09-25-2017, 11:40 AM
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Elliptical always did me well for training my cardiovascular system. Super low impact and it seems fairly easy even at heart rates exceeding 160BPM. It got to the point my leg muscles simply couldn't keep up with my cardiovascular system while I was running/cycling the last time I used the elliptical regularly. My resting heart rate was down to 44BPM as well. Pretty crazy for 30 minutes a few times a week.
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What do you have access to and what do you like?
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Unread 09-25-2017, 01:55 PM
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Recumbent bikes work well for me because of the low impact. Also I have anterior pelvic tilt so regular exercise bikes, ellipticals, etc aren't good for it. Row machines are rough on my knees so I don't use them for the same reason I don't jog.

Stairmaster works pretty darn well. Some posterior chain and glute activation from it also. Good for everything and you don't have to do it long to get huge cardio gains.
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Unread 09-25-2017, 10:41 PM
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Elliptical. So easily manipulated. Also pretty gay
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Unread 09-25-2017, 10:45 PM
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So, elliptical is a good choice, but you must definitely use it if you're a gay psychopath
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