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purplepumpkin
01-10-2011, 10:25 PM
I noticed there is a sticky post about the 10 most ineffective exercises. does anyone have any suggestion for the most EFFECTIVE exercises???

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JessLess
01-10-2011, 10:53 PM
For me it's cardio and weight-training in intervals.

Quail
01-11-2011, 01:06 AM
I think it depends on your goals, body type, and capability. For me, running causes the pounds to literally melt away.


Ilene
01-11-2011, 08:37 AM
I love running too, specially HIIT ( high intensity interval training ) ... AND weight training :strong: ... IMHO you can't do one without the other ...

Serval87
01-13-2011, 12:50 AM
HIIT makes me sweat like nothing else.

krampus
01-13-2011, 02:12 AM
HIIT is so unpleasant.

I've found my best success with running and pushups.

KDuffer
01-13-2011, 04:45 AM
I'd say for weight lifting, compound exercises that use multiple muscle groups (i.e., squat, bench/push up, deadlift, press, etc.). But really, for both weight training and cardio, etc., the most effective exercise is the one that you enjoy the most and will want to do rather than feeling like you have to do.

pammi2003
01-13-2011, 08:29 AM
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
The winner, hands down.

bronzeager
01-13-2011, 08:52 AM
HIIT is so unpleasant.

I've found my best success with running and pushups.

Oh God, I am so glad to hear someone else say that. I have tried, really. I still frickin hate it. I seriously would rather spend twice or three times the time doing some exercise I don't dislike as much.

Eliana
01-13-2011, 09:01 AM
HIIT, yep. :D

But other than that, anything you love.

I'm particularly fond of spinning. I do not love running, but I do it. Pushups, pull ups, squats, lunges, planks, and running up and down the stairs.

Moyca
01-13-2011, 10:03 AM
The best is one you love because you will stick with it in long term.

Simple, right? :)

Emme
01-13-2011, 12:15 PM
A lot of you have mentioned HIIT. I'm always up for something new since I get bored quickly with workouts.

Can any of you give me examples of how you do HIIT on the treadmill (like 1 minute at 6.0 and 3 recovery minutes at 3.5)?

Eliana
01-13-2011, 12:21 PM
Emme, to me, HIIT is all out...ALL OUT! No, 6.0 wouldn't cut it. It's more like 9.0 for 30 seconds followed by a 90 second rest, repeat for 8-20 minutes. It's a whole lot harder than it sounds. Whatever you choose to do for that 30 seconds simply has to be all out, something you can not sustain for more than 20-30 seconds. The treadmill would scare me. I'd rather sprint outside.

I have done HIIT running up and down the stairs and this is very effective. I have also done it on the elliptical or on the bike.

Emme
01-13-2011, 12:27 PM
Emme, to me, HIIT is all out...ALL OUT! No, 6.0 wouldn't cut it. It's more like 9.0 for 30 seconds followed by a 90 second rest, repeat for 8-20 minutes. It's a whole lot harder than it sounds. Whatever you choose to do for that 30 seconds simply has to be all out, something you can not sustain for more than 20-30 seconds. The treadmill would scare me. I'd rather sprint outside.

I have done HIIT running up and down the stairs and this is very effective. I have also done it on the elliptical or on the bike.

Cool, thanks. I can only jog comfortably at 4.3 right now, so I'll see what 8 or 9 feels like to get the 20-30 second mark! I'm excited to try this!

Eliana
01-13-2011, 12:30 PM
I should clarify that the 90 second "rest" should be a comfortable jog, like the 4.3 you mentioned. It could also be a brisk walk. It's not standing on the sides of the machine huffing and puffing. :D

Emme
01-13-2011, 12:34 PM
I should clarify that the 90 second "rest" should be a comfortable jog, like the 4.3 you mentioned. It could also be a brisk walk. It's not standing on the sides of the machine huffing and puffing. :D

Darn!! (just kidding) :)

nelie
01-13-2011, 12:44 PM
Here is a good visual and description of HIIT
http://bodyforlife.com/library/exercise/cardio

Also Tabata's can kick your butt.

In term's of weight training, body weight exercises are very effective.