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Cardio With Weights?


#1

For some reason I've found that I enjoy lifting weights, and for the most part have to restrain myself from working out more often. Cardio on the other hand, I seem to see as boring and not worth much investment, though I know that's not true. Does anyone have information about doing cardio with weights? For example, would squatting with just the bar for 30 minutes count as a cardio type action, or is that going to cut into my gym time by creating extra recovery needs that say a treadmill or bike would not? I'm just throwing this out here as a topic of discussion, any comments?


#2

Crossfit

These aren't always cardio workouts, but look at Sunday 060326, Friday 060324, or Thursday 060323 and see if this is what you're asking about. Personally, I found it hard to do CrossFit and a heavy lifting program simultaneously, but some people do. I still throw one of these in every once in a while, and it sure seems to do the trick.

Another thing I will do on a cardio day (if I have one) is to jump from machine to machine... ie: Row 1000 m, Bike for 10 min, Run for 10 min, Row 1000 m, then call it a day. It really makes it more interesting, and I find that it is more challenging as well. Hitting the rower for 1000 m at the end of a weights workout works as well.

Edit: You'll have to Google a bit...


#3

If you can squat for 30 minutes, even with just the bar, you are my new hero.


#4

Do a search on "Istvan Javorek" and try some of his complexes.

I second James Cain - if you can squat for 30 minutes straight with just the bar, I'd be impressed. And yes, it would cut into your recovery.


#5

If you squat for 30 minutes straight you will be sore for about 8 months.


#6

maybe Tabata method


#7

i third it! hell, if you can squat for 30 minutes with just bodyweight, you're the man