May 4th, 2008, 05:49 PM #11
Hook the bike up to the TV so the TV works on peddle power.
Save $ on electricity and get a workout.
May 4th, 2008, 06:00 PM #12
The bike has more pointy surfaces to hang damp towels and clothes your too lazy to fold on... because, that's what'll happen. You'll eventually use it as a coat rack and you know it.
Join a spinning class.
A really hard one in a spinning studio taught by a nut job with weird name.
I have firm belief that if you turn yourself over to something expensive and hard, your pride will keep you going and the quick results will have you stay... until you get bored after 3-6 months.
At that point you can move on to something else without having to sell the $1200 bike cum hat rack.
May 4th, 2008, 07:19 PM #13
Gotta go with a treadmill that will hold yer beer.
May 4th, 2008, 07:49 PM #14
Eat your heart out Greg Lamond and Lance Armstrong...
I bought this bike back in 2000 for my Tour De France training.
8 more payments and this baby is all mine!
May 5th, 2008, 10:20 AM #15
I like this. Motivation.
Originally Posted by Bogey Man
May 5th, 2008, 10:42 AM #16
Suffering through back problems. All the docs, and the chiropractor have said an elliptical is the best option. Low impact and uses more muscle groups than an exercise bike.
May 5th, 2008, 10:56 AM #17
Ugh, hearing all these responses makes me remember the 'not so good ol days' of working in a gym and trying to train the general population (non-athletes, or persons without disabilities... in other words, the mad slackers at the gym who are wasting their money more often than not), and I'm probably wasting my time by typing this, but here I go.
If you want the straight goods, listen up. Training is specific, meaning that if you ride a bike, you will be in shape for riding a bike. If you run, you will be in shape for running. Yes, there is crossover, and both will help you lose weight and get in better general shape, but if you really want to train for hockey, dry land training needs to be aggressive and intense if you're not already in shape. I suggest doing most of your training on the ice.
Dany Heatley used to frequent the gym that I worked at, and all he ever did was play basketball and ride the stationary bike. I was surprised that's all he ever did, but he's already in great shape. By the sounds of things, you're not, at least if you're expecting something 'low impact to raise your heart rate and give you a sweat' to make a difference in playing hockey.
So here's what you should do if you insist on casual dry land training. AVOID THE ELLIPTICAL AT ALL COSTS!! It is such a popular machine for a reason, and that reason aint good. Everyone loves it because it's easy, and it makes them think that they are getting a workout by lying about how many calories they are burning. Next time you're in a gym, look at how many fat people are on the elliptical compared to who's going hard on the step machine. Case closed. Ellipticals should only be used when rehabbing serious injury and treadmills and bikes are deemed 'too high impact'. Other than that, don't waste your time.
If your training needs to be low impact, the bike is the best choice. Treadmills are low impact, but they are easier than running on land because they help you along. The exception is using them on an incline and going hard, but I doubt you're game for that. Anyway, regardless of what you do, don't pay attention to any calorie counters. You should know by how you feel, and your heart rate if you are working hard enough.
May 6th, 2008, 01:16 AM #18
elliptical is the way to go if you have access to one
May 6th, 2008, 11:51 PM #19
Is this what I will be talking about when I get old too?
Haha, I kid I kid.
I can't do the bike, it is so damn boring. I just stick to the treadmill and the stairs.
May 7th, 2008, 08:23 AM #20
Don't use either. Get your ass out in the street and run or ride a bike.