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Hiit or Boring Cardio on Cycle?


#1

I am debating choosing 2x 20 min hiit running a week
or 2x 45 min jogging a week

I am worried that combined with increased aggression I will overdo the hiit and mess my recovery up. I have no idea :S


#2

oh fine, hiit twice a week. I wont go faster than I did when i wasn't on cycle. BAM, answered my own question.
still interested in some of yuour opinions though.


#3

I've come to the conclusion that there's not much reason to do long, slow cardio unless you're training to be an endurance athlete. This is coming from a guy who used to run around 40 miles a week. I enjoyed it but I didn't enjoy being small and weak. Funny thing is, I've put on very little fat even while all-out bulking, as long as I do my part in the gym. And even though I've done almost no cardio (outside of my job) for over a year, the couple times I have run I was surprised to find that I hadn't lost much aerobic capacity at all. Yeah, I can't run a 4:56 mile like I could in high school, but who cares? When is that useful in daily life? I have to lift heavy stuff all the time, though. Strength is just more useful. When I do decide to incorporate some cardio, it will be HIIT or something similar.


#4

HIIT burns much more fat because the heart is being forced to work harder for shorter periods of time. Ive always done HIIT and its worked really well for me.


#5

so the concern is 'increased aggression' leading to 'overtraining' ??

any other (mostly) mythic madness we can add to this mix ??