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Old 01-17-2012, 08:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
rpmcduff
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I believe the best of both worlds can be achieved using HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). A example of HIIT would be 20 second run with 40 second jog. The research I have read indicates HIIT works best in this 1:2 ratio (but I have seen results when I couldn't achieve this because of my poor fitness) and that HIIT should be performed for approx 20 minutes. This is thought to set the bodies metabolism up as the body is expecting to have to perform at any time. This effect can last up to 24 hours after the HIIT exercise is performed. This after effect can account for almost double the calorie burn over steady state cardio performed for the same amount of time. Google HIIT for more information.

I am admittedly biased. I have never been a believer in long distance running because of the muscle loss that occurs. I find the sprinter type physic more appealing than the emancipated look of a distance runner. Just my opinion.
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Male, Age 53 Height 5'-11"
Start, Spring 2009....,.. 270.0 lbs
January 21, 2010. ....,...255.0 lbs (Joined Fitday)
September 10, 2010..,..223.8 lbs. (-46.2lbs)
Mini-Goal......................225 Achieved 9/21/2012
Mini-Goal......................220 Achieved 10/26/2012
Current.........................216.2 lbs. (-53.8 lbs)
Mini-Goal.......................215
Goal..............................200



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