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What gym machines can I use to achieve the upper body exercises for body for life instead of using dumbells, free weights or bars?
1 Jun 2010
Treadmill,Elliptical or elliptical climber
Which is good for a great cardio workout? Treadmill,Elliptical or Elliptical Climber? I have been on the treadmill for three weeks and getting a little discouraged. One year ago when i was just excercising i lost 25lbs in 2.5 months on the elliptical climber. Which is better? How would you hit your 10's...
24 Jun 2010
How to do HIIT on Eliptical or Recumbant? Need Help.
So I've been doing my HIIT on the treadmill and LOVING IT. I control my intervals by upping the speed for each level of effort. Problem. I'm getting pain in my tibial tendon. I think if I lay off the impact for a few weeks I can recover and work my way back into treadmill HIIT including running...
30 Jun 2010
Alternative Cardio & Weight Lifting
Instead of doing cardio/ aerobic exercise on an elliptical or a treadmill, I am really into alternatives like Zumba, Tahitian dance, and water aerobics. I was wondering if that would still work with the BFL program, even if the cardio lasts longer, for example, a 45 minute Zumba session or an hour long...
1 Jan 2011
Using Workout DVDs for HIIT?
Hi, Getting ready to start my BFL journey (I'm "testing the waters" this week but planning to really start 2/28) and I want to do my HIIT at home. I don't have a treadmill or anything, so I was wondering if anyone uses a workout DVD to do their cardio. If so, which ones? I know I...
21 Feb 2011
Early morning Cardio - more effective?
Hi everyone, I know this must have been brought up in the forum at one point, but I was just wondering if anybody had any insight into whether doing the HIIT cardio on an empty stomach first thing in the morning is better than later in the day? I'm on Week 4 and have been going after I finish...
12 Apr 2011
too little cardio??
I'm having major difficulty accepting that the workouts are enough for me. I did the "Insanity" program from beach body several times and after being stuck and seeing no more progress for the past 6 months, I felt like maybe I was over-working my body and it had started to resist. Now that...
27 Apr 2011
Training for endurance while doing BFL
I usually compete in a few triathlons and bike races during the summer. I enjoy them but will admit that they didn't get me the weight loss i was looking for so I decided to try Body-for-Life, but I still want to do a few of these races. The short 20 minute high intensity cardio of BFL doesn't...
17 May 2011
How often do you increase your weights/up your cardio level?
Hello all! The more i read BFL the more I think it's about increasing your limits and breaking them. It's hard hitting a TEN each time but when you do, you feel great! So, I wonder, how often should one increase their limit? I'm progressing at a different rate for each exercise but generally...
29 May 2011
HIIT Swimming Routine?
I am currently injured - stress fracture on my ankle - and can only bike and swim for cardio. I am starting BFL tomorrow (wish me luck!) and was wondering if anyone has done a swimming HIIT routine.... I am not sure how to do HIIT in the pool (and p.s. I am not a very strong swimmer). Anyway, any advice...
4 Jun 2011
Why do we do cardio on this program at all?
I keep reading in the BFL book that weight training will both burn calories and build muscles that will help burn the fat off. The eating system with the exercise will revive metabolism. what is the job of cardio on this program? What will happen if we skip cardio altogether and do six days of weight...
10 Jun 2011
Do weights trump cardio?
This question relates to an earlier post concerning missing a gym day. If I miss a strength-training day is it better to forget about it and do cardio the following day, or do 2 days of strength training in a row to make up for the missed day? I thought the whole point of B4L's gym routine...
27 May 2011
Bodyweight cardio for HIIT
I have acchiles tendonitis, and thus stay away from long periods of impact on my ankles, specifically my right ankle and foot. So, I have been paying attention to a lot of athletes like Craig Ballyntine and monkey bar specialists like Hit Richards and Hannibal 4 King. Thy have emphasized bodyweigt cardio...
20 Dec 2011
Too Much Cardio?
Hi fellow Body For Lifers! I would like to ask you all for your opinions on the following situation please: 1) I am in week 3 of Body For Life - it is going GREAT so far. No missed meals or workouts, and its gonna stay that way. 2) I play soccer once a week for 60 minutes straight (no rest breaks...
8 Aug 2012
HIIT When Sick?
Happy Tuesday, everyone! I am on Day 16 and (all things considered) am feeling pretty happy with how strong I FEEL every day (might not look it yet!). However, I've been working hard at my job and have come down with some kind of throat/cold virus. I feel "rundown" in general today which...
11 Sep 2012
Cardio the day after lower body workout.
My legs have generally been weak due to lack of exercise in the past. I have been following BFL for two weeks now and the only part I dont quite understand is that the day after my lower body workout my leg muscles have not yet recovered and I have to do cardio which I find difficult. While doing my...
10 Nov 2012
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