(Closed) Help me pick the best cardio.

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: Which cardio is best effective?
    Elliptical : (14 votes)
    28 %
    Fast pace, steep incline treadmill : (13 votes)
    26 %
    stairmaster : (6 votes)
    12 %
    None of these, i have another suggestion. : (17 votes)
    34 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    None of this is really right for toning. If you have a really high intensity and go slow you could build some muscle, but for your goal, you should be focusing on exercises taht build muscle. Swimming would be good for this, but even better is weight training. Cardio doesn’t really build muscle.

    THe problem to with using any of these for toning is that you aren’t working the muscles in your whole body. If you are on the stairmaster at a high resistance so that you can actually build muscle, you’re really working your glutes. You could try a rowing machine to then help with upperbody, but you’re still missing major muscle groups.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @mrsSonthebeach:  If you’re doing the rowing machine right, it really should be building your legs. If you’re working your arms too much, then you’re doing something wrong…

    The great thing about the rowing maching though, is that it’s not TOO hard on your joints, helps a lot with core, and back. But make sure you know what you’re doing, when I was on the rowing team, I had to stop because I worked too hard, messed up my seat, and really messed up my back. I still have back pain two years later.

    Post # 5
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I second that. I use free weights and pick one muscle group per day. Arms, abs, rest one day, shoulders+back, legs. I throw 10 mins of cardio in each day.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    @Cornmuffin09:  hence the “to help with upper body.” Upper body does not equal “arms.” Upper body includes core and back and sholders.

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @Pappy8:  I would think that the treadmill on incline would be good for your thighs/butt

    Post # 9
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Swimming and Jump Rope are the two best cardio exercises.  For toning up, you have to do some sort of resistance training (weight, yoga, pilates, etc.). 

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I agree with PPs that resistance weight is what you want. Do not be afraid of weight lifting because most women can no build big muscles since we do not have the testosterone. Check out New Rules of Weightliftin for Women. Great book!

    Cardio actually is catabolic, which means it decreases your muscles, but muscles is what you need for that “toning” you are looking for. You need to BUILD muscles which can be done through all sorts of weight lifting routines. 

    Post # 11
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    @Pappy8:  What do you mean by problem areas? You cannot stop reduce for weight loss, so if you feel that those areas are chubby, you have to lose weight over your whole body. If you are having trouble building muscle in those ares, you should probably be doing squats and plank work. As for stamina, you want to do interval training on any cardio machine you like.

    Yoga and pilates will help as well.

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @mrsSonthebeach:  You’re right, I did read that wrong.

    But seriously. A rowing machine can work for resistance training and aerobic. Have you seen rowers in the olympics?! Built.

    Of course, a lot of that is the weight lifting on top of the rowing.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    @Pappy8:  You cannot do anything about the “cottage cheese.” You can lose some weight, but really you cannot make cellulite go away. You can tone the muscles in your core with things like plank work and less so with crunches, but you cannot make the layers of fat go away without losing weight. By toning, you may make the area look a little tighter though. Pilates (and some yoga) will help in this regard because pilates builds that muscle while often causing a good bit of calorie burn. A good option for you may also be interval weight training because the constant rotation helps to get your heart rate up. If things like squats are causing you pain, you shoudl turn to machines to help you work muscle groups in isolation. I hate machines, but they have their purposes, such as helping people with joint pain work their muscle groups. The rowing machine will help you workout your butt. Also, back to pilates, work from shoulder bridge, horse stance, and a prone position (like superman flying through the sky) can work your butt really well.

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would add, that since you are not anything near overweight it may just be that its the way your body is shaped. Women carry weight in their hips and stomach because of their natural child bearing tendencies.

    If you do not have weight to lose and have a “stomach” try changing your posture.

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Swimming!!!

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