I’d recommend hitting the exercise bike twice a week for high-intensity cardio, where you ride at a relaxed pace for 30 seconds, then blast up the intensity of the machine and peddle your ass off for 30… Rinse and repeat for 20 minutes…
If by 10-12 minutes you don’t feel like barfing and wondering if you can just give up, then you’re not doing it right…
In addition, after EVERY workout (weights), hit the treadmill and WALK on an incline of 5-8 degrees at a speed comfortable walk - not too brisk, not too slow that you’re able to look around behind you and check people out…
I can guarentee you will be conditioned…
The above is actually a staple in all my fat-cutting phases…[/quote]
I’ve been doing the treadmill at max incline at a 3.5 pace for 45min-hour. I am interested in the conditioning part, not so much the fat loss. I mean I know doing this type of work I am going to lose some fat, but at 5’9 and 152lbs, fat is not my worst enemy! I’d like to be bigger/stronger, but from what I hear, that won’t do me much good in boot camp. Apparently boot camp is as catabolic as it gets. So, I figure I’ll just do what I need to do to pump out pushups, situps, pullups, and good run times. Then I’ll go back to doing something like WS4SB3.
That’s kind of slow, even with the incline.
I really look at is as having two separate aspects. There’s the cardio conditioning, and anything that keeps you breathing hard for 45 min, will do that.
Then there’s your legs. They needn’t only be strong, but they need to get used to pumping at pace. So running on an elliptical vs. real running, in my experience, is a wash for conditioning (test it on yourself, maybe you’re different), but you do have to get used to maintaining pace near where you want to be, even if your adding steep or resistance.
Also, you will not get bigger or stronger at boot camp, so get that out of your mind. The way you’ll eat there is like the 1950s food pyramid on retard-steroids. Like 80% simple carbs, a little protein, and good luck finding decent fat.
Today I did a half hour of sprints followed by rest periods on the recumbent… that was hell haha… will definitely be doing that again. Followed that up with 20 minutes at 4.0 pace on full incline for a walk on the treadmill.
As for the diet… kind of funny how the military is often ahead in things like technology… yet lag behind in nutrition, and exercise choices. For example sit-ups… one of the foremost experts in spine health (Dr. Stu McGill) is a Prof. at my school, and wrote an article on here, and he’d tell you that sit-ups are just awful for the spine, and that there are many other exercises one can do to work the abs without putting that kind of pressure on the spine. I just find that kind of weird.