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5/18/13 7:46 AM
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Currently enjoying my gym sessions as the minute. Mixing 30 minutes of cardio with 40 minutes of weights. However the only cardio I do at the moment is the bike, mixing 3 minute intervals of high and low intensity. I do this to shed a bit of weight, currently 178 pounds, 19% BF at 6 foot, whilst lifting to get some muscle.

A guy in the gym was chatting with me and said you HAVE to run. More or less said the bike was pointless. He is an instructor.

Trust you guys more than him, am I wasting my time on the bike? Phone Post 3.0
5/18/13 7:46 AM
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Should add, I hate running. Kills my enjoyment of getting fit so I refuse to do it. Phone Post 3.0
5/18/13 8:07 AM
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Tell that to Lance Armstrong Phone Post 3.0
5/18/13 10:00 AM
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No, you don't have to run. You also don't have to do intervals.
5/18/13 10:21 AM
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Diet will be more important for losing weight.
5/18/13 12:19 PM
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You don't have to but let me tell you, I've dieting and jogging every other day 3-4 miles and I've been melting the fat away Phone Post 3.0
5/18/13 2:43 PM
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If weight loss is the goal, then the only thing that matters is creating a caloric deficit. Eat a little less, move a little more. Running is not required. Any movement activity is fine. Although intervals are not required for success, in the long run, working at a higher intensity for any duration and or distance is beneficial. 

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5/18/13 5:40 PM
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As always; the advice on here is really valuable. Thank you everyone. Phone Post 3.0
5/20/13 10:24 AM
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I have gone from 230 to 205 in 3 months just eating better and lifting with intensity, I ride 60 to 80 miles ever saturday as my only cardio but it is more just to get outside and hang with a few freinds than any sort of cardio Phone Post
5/20/13 10:36 AM
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On a follow up note (just as an example) I have dropped my own BFP% by approximately 50% (from 17% down to 8%) in 55 days using only strength training and a well devised P.E.P.

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5/20/13 11:24 AM
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I'd only weight lift if I were you. Eat less, eat healthy, lot of protein. If not, you're gonna end up 6 feet, 150 lbs. Phone Post 3.0
5/20/13 1:13 PM
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Decided to give cardio up for a while. Focus on lifting and diet only. Hoping it works. Phone Post 3.0
5/20/13 4:17 PM
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Giving up cardio completely is never a good idea. Your GPP will go down the toilet. Phone Post 3.0
5/20/13 5:32 PM
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running is bad for your knees. i avoid doing it
5/21/13 3:57 AM
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1800champagne - Giving up cardio completely is never a good idea. Your GPP will go down the toilet. Phone Post 3.0
You recommend keeping 20 minutes or so in my daily routine? Phone Post 3.0
5/21/13 4:48 AM
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Cardio isn't just running, to increase VO2 max and overall cardiovascular health you can just lift/move weight faster. Less rest. I rarely ever run... If I do maybe some sprints on a track or run stairs. Just because. And my resting heart rate is 58 and have no problem keeping up with the youngsters during sparring sessions or rolling, etc. and I weight 210 so not a real light guy. Phone Post 3.0
5/21/13 5:31 AM
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Taku -

On a follow up note (just as an example) I have dropped my own BFP% by approximately 50% (from 17% down to 8%) in 55 days using only strength training and a well devised P.E.P.

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Pep? Phone Post
5/21/13 7:54 AM
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P.E.P. is a fancy way of saying 'don't eat junk food.'
5/21/13 12:40 PM
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LOL...Yeah. P.E.P. = P.ersonal E.ating P.lan. I just don't use the word diet.

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5/22/13 4:05 PM
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5/29/13 9:27 AM
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I find jumping rope better for my cardio and easier on my joints Phone Post 3.0
6/1/13 3:36 PM
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Yea running will hurt your knees after a while, go joint friendly with the bike.

Cardio is cardio. You will burn calories either way. You don't need to run. As everyone said, your eating is probably going to make a bigger difference than the workout.
I'm not saying don't work out, just eat right with your workout Phone Post
6/1/13 4:05 PM
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Taku -

On a follow up note (just as an example) I have dropped my own BFP% by approximately 50% (from 17% down to 8%) in 55 days using only strength training and a well devised P.E.P.

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Myself also although not as much. From 14% to 8% Phone Post 3.0
6/3/13 12:36 PM
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Taku -

If weight loss is the goal, then the only thing that matters is creating a caloric deficit. Eat a little less, move a little more. Running is not required. Any movement activity is fine. Although intervals are not required for success, in the long run, working at a higher intensity for any duration and or distance is beneficial. 

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6/3/13 12:42 PM
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You don't have to do anything. Only a moron would tell you that you HAVE to run. Same goes for any exercise. Still, I feel like running is such a basic human movement that I would never really feel fit unless I could run at least a few miles at a decent pace. That's just my personal preference though.

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