(Closed) alternative workouts?

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
153 posts
Blushing bee

If you can deal with the bordeom that comes with the rowing machine, I would definitely go for it.  Ask a trainer or a rower on how to properly use it.  (Drive with your legs, make sure your arms are past your knees before you bend them, etc.).  Then you can do similar workouts on it like a treadmill:  straight rowing, interval training, etc.

Are you near a pool?  Swimming is also good!

Post # 4
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

Cardio’s great and I’d second blightgirl’s recommendations. But do you do weights too? They’re pretty key; more muscle means more calories are burned.

Do ellipticals bother your knees? I’ve started to prefer them over treadmills.

Post # 5
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I love step aerobics, especially when combined with circuit training!

Post # 6
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Cycling! I’m a cyclist who added running to cross train, and highly reccomend the two together…

Post # 7
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Wha’ts LBS???

I LOVED spinning but it was so hard on my knees i had to stop. Step is a good workout as is interval training. I really like the pilates mix classes they do at my gym, and a kickboxing class. No matter how "in" shape i am, it kicks my butt every week.

Post # 8
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

If you are having joint problems, I actually just recommend walking outside. You get more toning benefits than you do from in-gym cardio machines because you are dealing with impact from the ground. A treadmill bounces you off. Try a 20-60minute walk daily outside. You will be surprised at the results!


Weight Watchers Online is fantastic too. Sign up for their service and you get recipes from them. Also, entering what you eat into their computer is very eye-opening. I ate healthy, but I had a very high caloric diet. Now I know and I have modified what I do.

I am a pilates teacher and a fitness trainer.

Post # 9
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

So my suggestion is not as "intense" as being on a machine in the gym. I personally HATE working out in the gym and I can’t run due to back and kneww issues.  Since meeting my Mister to be, I have picked up a new hobby that happens to be a great workout…. Golfing! It is awesome, you work muscles you dont think that you are working and it is fun.  Even just hitting a bucket of balls at the range or playing 9 holes of golf leaves me wanting a massage to work out my muscles the next day.  I know that it may not be what you are looking for, but it is a great way to tone up and have fun while you are at it.  Its fun to learn to, I just recently played my first round and have only hit balls for a few months.

Post # 10
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Why not go swim laps? Its a great workout and will allow you to rest your injuries a bit.

Post # 11
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Hmm… a foot injury. All of these activities could hurt you more. I hurt my ankle really badly a few months ago and I went swimming thinking it would be easier on me… I almost died. The resistance was too much for my ankle to handle!

Would spinning be too painful? I wear cycle shoes– so it doesn’t hurt my feet at all. Spinning will change your body in ways you couldn’t imagine.  

Also, you could change it up with some low impact cardio or activity like yoga or pilates. I’m not a doctor, but I am very knowledgeable when it comes to bodily injury. I injure myself more times a day than I eat. lol. I would stay away from high-impact cardio like running, dance class or some sort of step class.

Post # 12
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Try TRX Suspension Trainer!  It works your whole body! Core, Strength and Balance!  Once you get it figured out and you get a routine you will get your heart rate up because you are moving from each exercise quickly!  Also a lot of gyms and studios are catching on to the benefits of this trainer and offering classes.  I am in the fitness industry and I love this new way of incorporating your own body weight to help gain benefits!

Post # 13
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

ejs — Lbs = pounds 🙂

I like rowing too! But there isn’t one at my complex gym 🙁

Post # 14
1045 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

I know you said cardio suggestions, but I’d definitely recommend strength training.  Have you ever tried any group strength training classes, like Body Pump?  I love it, and get great results from it.  Definitely helps me with my stamina in cardio, as well.

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