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    alternative cardio without use of machines

    I'm looking to explore different forms of cardio as I am getting bored with basic treadmill, elliptical and bicycling. I do run outdoors as well as biking. What form of cardio would be ideal to target bodyfat loss? I guess I would be looking for more of conditioning type of cardio.

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    If you have access to a pool, try some swimming sprints. Low impact, full body work and great for conditioning. I always find swimming to be the hardest test for me breathing wise because you have to time your breathes. If you screw up your stroke you gotta push yourself without that freely available oxygen when doing other types of cardio.
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    I like sprint intervals once or twice a week.

    You can also drag sleds. I have a homemade sled; take the tub off of a wheelbarrow and tie rope to the boltholes. Load up with plates and pull forwards/backwards.

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    Also, sports like playing basketball with freinds, sprints, prowler pushing, sled pulling, hill sprints, hiking in the mountains, strongman medleys, and one of my favorites; Escape from L.A.

    Did you see the movie Escape from L.A.? Go to the basketball court (with ball), set a timer for 10 minutes, and see how many free-throws you can make. Shoot the ball, shag the ball, return to the line, and shoot again (move fast). Try to beat your score every time you do it. It's pretty fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtteg_x View Post
    I'm looking to explore different forms of cardio as I am getting bored with basic treadmill, elliptical and bicycling. I do run outdoors as well as biking. What form of cardio would be ideal to target bodyfat loss? I guess I would be looking for more of conditioning type of cardio.
    Some additional cardiovascular activities:

    - Sports (Basketball, Baseball, etc.)
    - Yard Work (mowing the lawn, raking leaves, cutting down trees)
    - Kayaking or Swimming
    - Jump Rope
    - Running Stairs
    - Concept2 Rower
    - Sled Drags or Prowler Push

    Another alternative would be to simply change up your rep ranges and throw in some super-sets or giant sets at the end of your weight training workouts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    Did you see the movie Escape from L.A.? Go to the basketball court (with ball), set a timer for 10 minutes, and see how many free-throws you can make. Shoot the ball, shag the ball, return to the line, and shoot again (move fast). Try to beat your score every time you do it. It's pretty fun.
    That sounds like a pretty fun workout; I am terrible at basketball so I would probably spend the majority of the time chasing down rebounds.
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    I've done OR's Escape from L.A. it's a good cardio work. I took my auto rebounder off the basket so it didn't come back to me. I've also started doing a lot of the movements from Tom's write up on gym complexes, been good so far.
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    Bodyweight tabata is a good way to get the metabolic furnace going without machines.


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