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Old 10-25-2007, 12:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Aight so I havent done any physical activity since rugby season finished in may.... hahaha
that and ive been smoking quite a bit....
ANYHOW the best time of the year is coming soon and i just wanted to know what can i do for cardio and what other stuff should i do to be in good shape to shred!?
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Old 10-25-2007, 02:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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dude, im wondering the same thing...im sooooo out of shape. def need some help on this one
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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try looking into plyometrics...that's the best type of leg work out for ski/snowboard activities and movements
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Old 10-25-2007, 09:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Plyometrics are hard on the body if you aren't in decent shape already. The walking is good advice for a ramp up. Try to start alternating jogging and running.
Depending on your existing condition try something like walk for 5 minutes, then alternate a jog for 30 seconds, walk for 30 secs over a 10 minute period, then walk for 5 minutes. Gradually increase the duration of the jog/walk period and also start lengthening the jog intervals and shortening the walk intervals.

Once you have a decent foundation HIIT training will really crank both your aerobic and anaerobic fitness. It also carries over a lot better for sport fitness than just general aerobic endurance training.
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Old 10-25-2007, 09:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Also maybe try some light weight lifting that works more on muscular endurance (many reps of lighter weights) first, then build up your muscular strength...
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Old 10-25-2007, 11:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Skateboarding and riding my bike have always worked for me.
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Old 10-25-2007, 12:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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For cardio I concentrate on the stairmaster, it gets my legs and butt ready for the pounding I put them through during the season. I also started doing some cardio-boxing which actually does a lot for my legs as well as upper body. I'm always of the belief that the whole body needs to be in shape, not just the legs, and especially your core (lower back, abs, obliques).
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Old 10-25-2007, 06:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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When it comes to cardio I'm screwed haha. I really only do a couple exercises but they seem to help, because I notice the difference if I don't. I dont know what theyre called, I think leg lifts. You stand up straight flat on your feet and lift your heels until you are standing on the balls of your feet. Then back down to the ground and repeat until legs burn. I also do it on our bottom step sometimes because you can dip your heels down below the stair and then you have to lift up higher from the bottom, using more of your muscle. I just do it until my legs get tired, and never really keep count of the reps. If you do it until it burns a little bit, it's helping, overdoing is worse than not doing it at all. I also stretch my muscles twice a day. Nothing too big just about 5 minutes of your basic stretches when I wake up and when I go to bed. I am also relatively poor so I don't over eat lol.
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Old 10-25-2007, 06:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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IMO the most important thing would be to stretch. stretch as much as you can, every day.
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Old 10-25-2007, 06:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yup I learned that the hard way at the beginning of last summer, I tore a muscle in my forearm. It's still not completely healed but almost. The doctor told me the best way to avoid that is to regularily stretch you muscles.
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