I have always been a cardio queen. I mean, I Loved it, with a capital L. I swam, I danced, I ran — anything to get me sweating. But in college, I also learned how much I liked weights and how they made me look and feel. Up until now though, weights have still sort of been a distant second to my beloved cardio, despite me knowing the benefits of strength training.
Lately though? I have HATED cardio. Why? Because it’s been boring. For my training, I’m doing 5 1/2 hours per week of it. And none of it is supposed to be running, since it’s too catabolic and will break down the muscle I am trying so hard to build (or just keep, since my legs are powerhouses already, thanks). I keep wanting to swim, but then forget how long it actually takes to change, yank and pull a cap on, get the workout in, and then wrestle out of a wet Speedo before I can even shower. So by the time I decide I want to do it, I realize I don’t have enough time before work (pre-planning — gotta work on that). My other options at the gym are the elliptical, the bike, the treadmill (walking on an incline) and the stair climber, which, surprisingly makes the time go by the fastest even though I’m counting every second until I can get off that thing.
I know it was my choice to do this competition, and I’m still going for it, but a girl just needs to whine every once in a while, you know? A girl also needs some input from her readers every now and again, too! Do any of you have ideas on how I can shake up my cardio routine? I’m thinking about taking an all-cardio class (none of this toning stuff mixed in — I already do enough resistance training) at one of the studios I work at or one of the gyms I belong to (so much gym-ness in my life!), but I don’t know where to start, so suggest away! I was also considering getting TurboFire for interval cardio, but I’m not sure if this would cause the same issues running does (any figure competitors want to chime in on this one?).
I’m just soooo booooored with cardio right now that I want to scream! Strength training keeps me on my toes because I really have to focus, and I’m constantly going from one thing to another. Not so when I’m biking for an hour. Cardio also makes me really hungry, but I don’t think there’s anything I can do about that one aside from cutting back, which isn’t really an option. So, like I was asking before, can you help a sister out? How can I change up my cardio while sticking to my plan? And are you a cardio queen or a dumbbell diva? Which is your fave lately? Spill!