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Cardio: Single or Multiple Types in One Session?


#1

When doing steady-state cardio, is there any advantage to doing 3 different types (stairclimber, treadmill, bike) vs one 60-min session on one of those?


#2

No

Steady state cardio means BPM stays constant. either or, doesn't matter. Do what you like.


#3

Advantage might be less boredom. Stairclimber will give more leg strength.


#4

Agree with Ecchastang. Also, would add that the probability of incurring a repetitive-movement/overuse injury is probably lower if you split it up.


#5

I call it 5 minutes of death - switch every 5 minutes between spin bike, rower, upper/lower strider.
In a nicer gym from the past I also used a hand bike, some sailing thing, treadmill on high incline, and climber.

Makes the aerobics fly since you are never more than 5 minutes from finishing that set.
Or if you want a more vigorous cardio blast, your muscles are fresher switching and you can do intervals within the 5 minute period.


#6

It could be a big advantage if strength endurance is your weakness.

I'm more of a sprinter genetically and steady state is hard going for me. I like to train at a high intensity - so not just easy cardio.

When I first started doing spin sessions I couldn't get my heart rate up high enough to get a really intense workout because my leg muscles would tire first. The same with running - I'm fine for a sprint, but when it comes to hard effort long duration my muscles tire long before I get my heart rate up nice and high. Rowing too - muscles tire first.

If I cycle between the three - maybe 10 mins of each then change muscles get a rest and I can keep my heart working hard for longer.

This holds true for intervals too. If strength endurance is your weakness adding in variety can keep you working harder for longer.


#7

No real advantage or disadvantage either way. Would be different if you were training to improve upon one of those modalities (ie treadmill for a 5k). Otherwise cardiovascular benefit is matched as long as intensity is equal between equipment.


#8

I train outdoors for roadwork. Jog the flat land, sprint and/or walk the hills.

Or mix it up however you like.