Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: Will these bootcamp workouts hinder my fat loss (is it 'chronic cardio'?) page

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    52

    Will these bootcamp workouts hinder my fat loss (is it 'chronic cardio'?)

    Shop Now
    Hi!

    So I've been doing Crossfit for a while but can't get there often enough, so I joined a local bootcamp that I can get to twice a week. I'm doing Crossfit once a week right now.

    The bootcamp is a more 'typical' workout - lots of cardio - last week we did obstacle courses and it was over 20 minutes of very intense cardio and then about 20 minutes of body weight exercises. At crossfit I'm never doing more than about 3-5 minutes of cardio at a time without some sort of break and the workouts are never longer than about 20 minutes. The bootcamp is 60 minutes, of which we spend about 45 minutes moving hard and fast.

    My goal is fat loss and toning (and, of course, strength). But in the short term the goal is to get 20 more pounds off of me quickly. I've been eating Primal for 4+ months and have had success but hit a plateau several weeks ago and am desperate to overcome the plateau...which is why I signed up for bootcamp.

    Thanks!

  2. #2
    BarbeyGirl's Avatar
    BarbeyGirl is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    SW Idaho farmland
    Posts
    928
    I'd do it.

    I think people on this forum are overly concerned about "chronic cardio." 45 total minutes of running among obstacles, followed by some bodyweight work, is a beautiful thing. Would I do it 4x weekly for the rest of my life? No. But I'd do it 2x weekly, or daily for a week straight 4x times a year.

    Chronic cardio is pounding out 30 miles on the bicycle on weekdays, plus another 150 on weekends, as a matter of course.
    Chronic cardio is running 5-20 miles 4 days a week for months at a time.
    Chronic cardio is even just wasting a hour on the elliptical every morning, when you could be doing something useful like sprinting and lifting weights.
    Chronic cardio is a lot more cardio than people here think it is.
    Nightlife ~ Chronicles of Less Urban Living, Fresh from In the Night Farm ~ Idaho's Primal Farm! http://inthenightlife.wordpress.com/

    Latest post: Stop Being Stupid

  3. #3
    Goldsmith's Avatar
    Goldsmith is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Farmers Branch TX
    Posts
    304
    I would do it too. It sounds like fun.

  4. #4
    Jen AlcesAlces's Avatar
    Jen AlcesAlces is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Somewhere in Wyoming
    Posts
    526
    I'd do it too. Obstacle course wooooo! The bootcamp at my gym was awesome, sprints & hill sprints, balance/agility work, strength, and cool random things thrown in (boxing, etc). Every class was different, and I learned a lot. Twice a week isn't bad, as long as you feel good and are not overtraining. Agree with BarbeyGirl on the definition of chronic cardio. Have fun!!!

  5. #5
    jens522's Avatar
    jens522 is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    565
    I would do it. Sounds a lot better than the average bootcamp class too.

  6. #6
    Al_Kavadlo's Avatar
    Al_Kavadlo is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    1,399
    Quote Originally Posted by BarbeyGirl View Post
    I'd do it.

    I think people on this forum are overly concerned about "chronic cardio." 45 total minutes of running among obstacles, followed by some bodyweight work, is a beautiful thing. Would I do it 4x weekly for the rest of my life? No. But I'd do it 2x weekly, or daily for a week straight 4x times a year.

    Chronic cardio is pounding out 30 miles on the bicycle on weekdays, plus another 150 on weekends, as a matter of course.
    Chronic cardio is running 5-20 miles 4 days a week for months at a time.
    Chronic cardio is even just wasting a hour on the elliptical every morning, when you could be doing something useful like sprinting and lifting weights.
    Chronic cardio is a lot more cardio than people here think it is.
    +1
    "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

    "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

    My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com


  7. #7
    bookstorecowboy's Avatar
    bookstorecowboy is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Phoenix, Arizona USA
    Posts
    255
    If I remember correctly, Mr. Sissons defines chronic cardio as aerobic exercise that raises your heart rate to 80% of max or above for a long time and keeps it in about the same range and that is done frequently (several times a week). It sounds like there would be a lot of variety in your routine and that your heart-rate would therefore vary considerably. But I don't know. On the other hand, you are primarily concerned with fat loss, and it does not sound like what you describe is likely to yield fat loss. My own experience and what I have read indicates that plateaus are perfectly normal events in any aspect of life, be it learning to play the drums, memorizing poetry, or getting fit. Why not just accept the plateau for a while, stop being desperate, and wait for the next stage to kick in by itself? It has worked so far. It will probably start working again. If you are particularly concerned about now (summer draweth nigh), however, you could reduce total calories. PB has not repealed the laws of thermodynamics.

  8. #8
    TigerLily's Avatar
    TigerLily is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    metro Portland
    Posts
    3,250
    Quote Originally Posted by BarbeyGirl View Post
    I'd do it.

    I think people on this forum are overly concerned about "chronic cardio." 45 total minutes of running among obstacles, followed by some bodyweight work, is a beautiful thing. Would I do it 4x weekly for the rest of my life? No. But I'd do it 2x weekly, or daily for a week straight 4x times a year.

    Chronic cardio is pounding out 30 miles on the bicycle on weekdays, plus another 150 on weekends, as a matter of course.
    Chronic cardio is running 5-20 miles 4 days a week for months at a time.
    Chronic cardio is even just wasting a hour on the elliptical every morning, when you could be doing something useful like sprinting and lifting weights.
    Chronic cardio is a lot more cardio than people here think it is.
    ^
    Yes, yes, and yes.


    I think some people here use the chronic cardio excuse as a reason not to exercise.

    I would do it. In fact, I am planning on it (probably starting in July, 3x week). Adventure Bootcamp for Women -- all outside fun.
    "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

  9. #9
    IcarianVX's Avatar
    IcarianVX is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Posts
    1,275
    Quote Originally Posted by TigerLily View Post
    ^

    I think some people here use the chronic cardio excuse as a reason not to exercise.
    I, unfortunately, would have to agree.
    I built a tread desk (treadmill at a standing desk) and started a discussion on it and a few people proclaimed it to be chronic cardio. WTF? How big of a slackass do you have to be to think that walking an extra 2 - 7 miles per day is "cardio"

    To the OP, look at my signature. Not ONE of the responses on this thread falls into that category. We have some kickass peeps on here, IMHO.
    People too weak to follow their own dreams will always try to discourage others.

  10. #10
    Nick the Destroyer's Avatar
    Nick the Destroyer is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    676
    Quote Originally Posted by TigerLily View Post
    ^
    Yes, yes, and yes.


    I think some people here use the chronic cardio excuse as a reason not to exercise.

    I would do it. In fact, I am planning on it (probably starting in July, 3x week). Adventure Bootcamp for Women -- all outside fun.
    Agree as well. Sounds no different than doing P90x. Sounds like you have variety and high intesity, which is good for you and necessary to shed pounds, along with a reduction of kcal.
    "Suffer no guilt yee who wield this in the name of Crom"
    Quote on the Father's Sword

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •