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You go as fast as you can for 30 seconds, then recover for 90 seconds- repeat for 7 times only (for me it will be on the Ellitical)
Do this twice a week.

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This was recommended by Dr. Mercola as a way to burn many more calories than regular speed workouts.
- Submitted by HAPPYMOM8 7/27/2010 in Exercise | 3 Comments
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STORMY724 7/28/2010 6:06:00 AM

    I do something similar on the elliptical 3X/wk. I start slowly at low resistance, gradually increasing resistance for 4 min, then I go for one min as fast as I can, which ends my first 5 min. Then I do one min at my normal comfortable pace. Then I do 30 seconds pushing as hard as I can with my arms but at my normal pace, back to normal for 1 min, then I pull as hard as I can with my arms for 30 seconds, then normal for 1 min, then I do 1 min without using my arms, but pumping as fast as I can. That ends a second 5 min cycle. I continue with this last 5-minute cycle until 30 minutes are up ---then I gradually slow down & decrease resistance for a 5-min cool down. I'm a senior with some knee & back problems & I need to lose about 30% of my weight, so I can't do your 90sec/30sec cycle ---yet. When I started on the elliptical 4.5 mo ago, I didn't last 4 min on the lowest resistance so I feel like I have made progress. My goal is to be able to do what you are doing.
CHAOS-MOOSIE 7/27/2010 10:01:00 PM

    If it works on the elliptical, does it also work on ski machines? Just wondering
STORMY724 7/28/2010 6:10:00 AM

    Choas-Moosie--- I would think you could do this with almost any workout. A recent issue of Prevention talks about "interval" walking, using three different paces. I don't have the article here now, & I can't remember the exact pacing. I think the theory is that some of us can't keep up that super fast pace for long periods, but if you get your heart rate up for short bursts, it stays up through the recovery period, then just about the time it goes down you are pumping it up again. You are supposed to be able to burn more calories and/or workout for less time. Sometimes when I walk at a local park, I see runners who walk for short periods, then run slowly, then sprint, so they seem to be doing this, too.

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