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Heart rate? Sweat? Soreness?<br><br>
I ask because when I work out at so-called "optimal" heart rate (which I'm not sure I believe---I'm quite sure my max is higher than 220 minus my age), I don't break a sweat, and don't feel like I've gotten much of a workout. However, heart rate is supposed to be how you determine the intensity of a workout, right?
 

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I never do the heart rate thing. I don't know why, I just never did. A good workout to me is dependant on what my watch says (if I'm running) and the number of reps/pounds (if I'm lifting).
 

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It depends (for me) on what the goal of the workout is, and whether it's bike, run or swim.<br><br>
In the pool......I have a good workout if I make all my intervals handily; if I swim "fast", breathe hard, and am just on this side of not having anything left (for those types of sets); When I make my SPL goals; stuff like that. And, on those days when I'm feeling like crap, when I still make it to the pool, and work through it.....THAT's a good workout.<br><br>
On the roads...running......when I feel steady...... when I finish strong..... when it's hard but I still complete the tasks I've been given.... When my gadget says my pace is faster than it feels to me like I"m running...... when I run in the rain....<br><br>
On the bike..... haven't been doing it long enough to have a good handle on it yet. But, so far..... same sort of thing, finishing what my goal is.... Not getting hit by a car (lol)..... keeping up with the group on group rides.....or, not getting dropped too badly on the climbs (I still don't climb well yet).
 

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You doing any type of sprints Lintu? Any type of increase in your heart rate like sprints should get you feeling more sore. I remember hitting a plateau, sprints like fartlek and intervals seemed to make it feel like a workout.<br><br>
Oh, And I go by feel when I'm running. I used a HR monitor for a little bit, and I know when I'm going over my "suggested HR"
 

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Lintu,<br>
When I tried heart rate training, I had to go so slow to keep in that "zone" that I felt I wasn't getting any real benefit from it either.<br><br>
To get what I feel is a good workout, I need to be breathing hard and sweating. I use the RPE scale, and that usually means I was up around a 6-7, with intervals (if I'm doing them that day) higher than that. This morning I ran and DAMN do I feel good. I haven't been doing the early morning thing lately because I've been lazy. But it's so worth it.
 

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That's my experience, too. I can't run that much because of my knees (I need to do some exercises to try to fix that), so I do a lot of other exercises. Very few of them do that. Actually, DDR is one of the ones that actually does! Elliptical, even on a very heavy setting, does not.
 

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Yeah, elliptical is a poor sub for running and getting that really good workout.<br><br>
Can you ride a bike or do spin? Spinning always makes me work hard.
 

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I get out of work too late for spin class anymore, but it's just now getting to the point I can ride outdoors again <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> Woohoo!
 

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I like to feel right on the brink of nearing going overboard ...sweating like a monster (which isn't that hard for me to do), elevated & sustained HR, testing & pushing my limits.<br><br><b>Lintu</b> - anyway you can do some deep water running? Great stuff!
 

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Sweat. For me, if I'm not soaking by the time I'm done, it wasn't all that great.<br><br><br>
That could TOTALLY be misconstrued...<br><br><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Gotcha. I put my bike on a trainer inside so I can "spin" at home. I have a hard time working those classes into my schedule sometimes too.
 

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Ooh, I should try that! I'll be riding to the beach soon...so excited. Of course, it's downhill there, and uphill back!<br><br>
Honestly though that silly dance game really does boost my heart rate more than most exercise...it's so funny.
 

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Oh totally, especially if you're playing another person or a more "experienced" computer guy. Takes forever to knock 'em out!
 

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Yeah, it's because you are jumping up and down the whole time. Jumping rope is one of the most intense calorie burners there is, and DDR is like that except way more fun.<br><br>
Wii boxing is great. We need to do that some more!!<br><br>
The trainer is nice, Lintu, because you can get that same heart pumping workout inside. I have Spinerval dvds which take you thru kick ass workouts.
 
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