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    HIIT on stationary bikes?

    Is this possible?

    Lately, I've been using my stationary bike for this. I go slow, then turn up the intensity and pedal as fast as I can for like 15 seconds. Wears me out. Heart races. But I don't feel as "drained" as I do when doing HIIT sprinting.

    I think more than anything, my legs exhaust before anything. Is anyone else trying HIIT on stationary bikes? Do you think what I'm doing is enough?
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    I think the stationary bike is one of the weakest forms of cardio in terms of calories burned. It's better than nothing though I guess.
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    I know, it is weak for long durations. But I am asking this question regarding HIIT. Not normal cardio..
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    Ha. People who think that HIIT cannot be done on a stationary bike aren't doing it hard enough.

    Today, this was my HIIT routine (after lifting) and I did it on a stationary bike.

    0:00 - 2:59 - Warm-up
    3:00 - 12:59 - HIIT (15 seconds @ 100%, 15 seconds @ 50% for 10 minutes.)
    13:00 - 15:00 - Cool-down

    Yeah, I almost puked. :) The stationary and recumbent bikes work great if you can increase the resistance levels.
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    try it 30 seconds fast 30 seconds "slow"

    dial the intesnity up all the way for the fast bit, then 1 notch below top for the slow bit.

    stationary bike is only weak if you have the resistance set too low.
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    Yes, HIT can be done on the bike, and it is just as effective if not more effective than sprinting. You just arnt setting the levels high enough. Like mentioned try 30 on 30 off, full intensity and half intensety. If thats not enough, try 1 min on 1 min off. I guarnetee you will be huffing and puffing by 7-8 minutes. Oh when you go to max intensity, keep the bars at peak levels, meaning stay at a constiant speed even though the level has increased.
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    I totally agree, HIIT can be done on a bike easily.. And anyone that says you're getting off easy on a bike, HA! get on a good one and actually turn the resistance up and I guarantee when you get off you won't have the same feelings about it.

    I do long durations of cardio, because honestly I've got too much fat on me and I know from experience what works for shedding the fat, as I've lost 130lbs since Nov.

    I pulled 21.50 miles today in 60mins, avg hr of 168. Although that isn't accurate because my hands aren't always on the bike.

    But I know for certain I was pulling 175-185HR for 30min then I dropped down to mid 160's then back up. I never seep below 160. This was on a StarTrak Recumbant.

    But anyway, yes... HIIT can be done on a bike.... I don't know why some people will argue with you on this... pick whatever piece of equipment you like the most, whatever is the most comfortable to you and do it. Don't baby around on it though, continously push yourself.

    And by all means, get some music that really drives you.
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    Originally posted by Nemmeh
    I totally agree, HIIT can be done on a bike easily.. And anyone that says you're getting off easy on a bike, HA! get on a good one and actually turn the resistance up and I guarantee when you get off you won't have the same feelings about it.

    I do long durations of cardio, because honestly I've got too much fat on me and I know from experience what works for shedding the fat, as I've lost 130lbs since Nov.

    I pulled 21.50 miles today in 60mins, avg hr of 168. Although that isn't accurate because my hands aren't always on the bike.

    But I know for certain I was pulling 175-185HR for 30min then I dropped down to mid 160's then back up. I never seep below 160. This was on a StarTrak Recumbant.

    But anyway, yes... HIIT can be done on a bike.... I don't know why some people will argue with you on this... pick whatever piece of equipment you like the most, whatever is the most comfortable to you and do it. Don't baby around on it though, continously push yourself.

    And by all means, get some music that really drives you.
    Exactly. I see people just pedal away easy as can be reading a freggin magazine. Then there like "the bike sucks" Dude get your ass off the seat, turn the resistance up and pedal!!! Same goes of the other aerobic machines, just put some effort for crying out loud.
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    Good points made by all.

    Yes HIIT can be done on a stationary bike, it's where I do the majority of it.

    30 seconds on 30 seconds off is what I typically do. I may do this for up to 15 cycles (15 minutes)

    Another trick I do is throw on an 80's hair metal band, and pedal quick everytime the shout out chorus comes on until it ends, or maybe a guitar solo. It's amusing, but true!
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    Originally posted by Nemmeh
    I totally agree, HIIT can be done on a bike easily.. And anyone that says you're getting off easy on a bike, HA! get on a good one and actually turn the resistance up and I guarantee when you get off you won't have the same feelings about it.

    I do long durations of cardio, because honestly I've got too much fat on me and I know from experience what works for shedding the fat, as I've lost 130lbs since Nov.

    I pulled 21.50 miles today in 60mins, avg hr of 168. Although that isn't accurate because my hands aren't always on the bike.

    But I know for certain I was pulling 175-185HR for 30min then I dropped down to mid 160's then back up. I never seep below 160. This was on a StarTrak Recumbant.

    But anyway, yes... HIIT can be done on a bike.... I don't know why some people will argue with you on this... pick whatever piece of equipment you like the most, whatever is the most comfortable to you and do it. Don't baby around on it though, continously push yourself.

    And by all means, get some music that really drives you.
    Bump I feel drained after doing HIIT ona bike. 30/30 intervals with it up tight notches. I feel it is good. I start it again on sunday.

    Also one question - is food 1/2hr b4 HIIT good er does it have to be an hour?
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    I can burn a little over 200 cals in 20 frickin minutes in the stationary bike and im not even doing HIIT. That **** is rough... especially for a dumb ass like me that smokes.
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    Originally posted by Jesin
    Bump I feel drained after doing HIIT ona bike. 30/30 intervals with it up tight notches. I feel it is good. I start it again on sunday.

    Also one question - is food 1/2hr b4 HIIT good er does it have to be an hour?
    I think if you can tolerate eating so soon without getting sick, no problem. If I ate a heavy meal (like the lunch I just had, a huge sandwich) it would be tough.

    This whole empty stomach in the morning thing, vs eating breakfast doesn't make a huge difference in my opinion. Since we are looking for the elevated metabolic rate post exercise, the difference between doing it in a fasted state or eating doesn't account for as much as stated.
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    Performing training techniques like the exercise bike HIIT workout are easier to do on a spin bike than on any other type of cardio machine including the treadmill and elliptical. In fact, spinners were built for just such intense exercise! They tough part is the HII's --no matter how (running, treadmill, biking, pylo) your metabolism is responding to the intensity you are investing. Biking on a stationary is perfect for this. Those that think it cannot be intense enough--are either not investing enough, or do not have enough resistance on their bike.
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