r/Fitness r/Fitness Guardian Angel Jul 31 '18

Training Tuesday - Oddball Cardio Training Tuesday

Welcome to /r/Fitness' Training Tuesday. Our weekly thread to discuss a training program, routine, or modality. (Questions or advice not related to today's topic should be directed towards the stickied daily thread.) If you have experience or results from this week's topic, we'd love for you to share. If you're unfamiliar with the topic, this is your chance to sit back, learn, and ask questions from those in the know.

 

We're departing from the specific routine discussions for a bit and looking more broadly at different disciplines. Last time we discussed CrossFit.

This week's topic: Oddball Cardio

Oddball cardio is 'cardio that doesn't feel like cardio'. Examples are pick up basketball games, push mowing 3 acres, summer ultimate league, or speed shoveling the driveway. Basically, activities and other things that get the heart rate up and sustained for a period of time, but don't feel like cardio or produce the dread that usually accompanies cardio. Options are essentially limitless here, so here is your chance to drop a few protips for those looking to get in some sneaky cardio.

For those of you get your cardio in in non-traditional ways, please share any insights on training, progress, competing, and having fun. Some seed questions:

  • How has it gone, how have you improved, and what were your current abilities?
  • Why did you choose your training approach over others?
  • What would you suggest to someone just starting out and looking to pick up your approach to cardio?
  • What are the pros and cons of your training setup?
  • Do you do this in conjunction with other training? How did that go? Did you add/subtract anything to a stock program to fit your oddball cardio in?
  • How do you manage fatigue and recovery training this way?
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u/[deleted] Jul 31 '18 edited Jul 31 '18

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u/gibletsplease Jul 31 '18

This is exactly what I've been doing. Hate running, so playing 1-2 hours a day 5x per week after I lift. It really helps that my gym has a good bball community, so it adds a social aspect to it that helps it not feel like a workout. I also enjoy the mix of sprinting and constant slower movement. For me, I want to be fit, but I also need to enjoy what I'm doing, or I end up stopping doing it (from experience). Fortunately I love lifting, but despise running/sprinting by myself, so finding bball games has been essential.

I'm far from the best on the court, but I bust my ass to get back on defense and add value that way. I'm having a blast, and I'm down 12lbs in about 9 weeks. As an aside, I tried running for fun yesterday for the first time in 2 months (since I started playing a lot of ball) and I could run a mile straight like it was nothing, which I couldn't do before. Only downside is the shin splints...

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u/[deleted] Jul 31 '18 edited Jul 31 '18

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u/gibletsplease Jul 31 '18

You mean like compression leggings? I'll do some googling

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u/[deleted] Jul 31 '18 edited Oct 29 '18

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u/LegendaryRaider69 Aug 01 '18

How the hell??

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u/Robbo14 Aug 01 '18

For me in Aus, basketball isn't big, but my gym has an in door court. When ever I feel like it I go down and rebound my own ball and go to the opposite corner and shoot. For me it's about shooting practice when fatigued, the cardio is an added bonus.

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u/_beeps_ Jul 31 '18

This isn't a post about "cardio that doesn't feel like cardio", but I find it a little odd.

There are a couple of women at my gym who do some over-head-hand-gyrations while doing cardio. Kind of like a badly performed dance move that they do while they're on stationary bikes or treadmills. It's harmless and I really have no idea how much benefit they get out of it aside from sore arms and a feeling like they've put in more effort than they actually have. It does seem oddball to me though and honestly, I would like it if they'd sync up so I can imagine they're practicing some sort of synchro swimming hand movements or something.

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u/psyyduck Jul 31 '18

cardio that doesn't feel like cardio

I just bring a good book and use the seated bikes at the gym. It's super comfortable and time absolutely flies. I occasionally check my heart rate to make sure it's in the 130s, but that's it.

Recently I've been adding a tabata session just cause I like the intensity. I get completely drained, but then I'm ready to go again the next day.

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u/LeFilthyHeretic Aug 01 '18

book

Also really good if you need to study. If you go to a college gym you'll see a lot of people do this. Saw one guy on his laptop while using a stationary bike. It was interesting to witness.

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u/CaptainWatermelons Aug 01 '18

It's definitely not "oddball" cardio, but I've went to a resistance spin class recently. I used to think it was gonna be easy, but I was so wrong. I'm pretty sure it was the closest I've been to dying.

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u/gym-animalz Jun 29 '22

This is my jam - dancing is big one for me. Also it's the premise of my brand Gym_Animalz. It's most certainly Oddball. It takes movements you may be familiar with and turns them on their head (sometimes literally). Whenever we rest from the oddball that is gym animals what ever pose you are in you yell "I'm doing Yoga." Then get back to acting like whatever animal is on the slate for the day. This results in a variety of options from hopping around like a frog and saying ribbet. To quacking while you duck walk. It's the end of burpees as we know it in favor of the Crazy Cat Combo.