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    I work out every day in the mornings and I have been doing that for the last 6 years. I wake up early but I have little time for cardio after lifting, and I am not willing to wake up even earlier. Thing is, I want/need to lose some fat as well. To hit the gym twice a day is something I am not considering, especially as I live in a large city where traffic is very bad.

    A solution I am thinking of is to buy a machine for my apartment, so I can watch TV while I do cardio at evenings after I get back from work. My apartment is not small, but I donít have much room to store the machine, so it must be small. In addition, I plan to use it on the living room, but to move it to another room after I work out. The thing is, the door is narrow, roughly 24 inches, and the machine must pass through there.

    So, these are the options:

    Bike: Seems to be a little too big. It does not consume too many calories nor it is very good for fat burning. So I decided not to consider it.

    Treadmill: This is the one I am used to do whenever I do cardio, so it has this advantage. In addition, the treadmill moves by its own and I just have to follow it. The problem is, only small treadmills can go through my narrow door. A treadmill which is 23-24 inches wide has a 13-inch wide running surface and is usually more fragile than the larger models. And it is not recommended to use it for more than one hour. Iíve read somewhere that treadmills should have at least a 16-inch wide surface for walking and a 20-inch wide surface for running. So, I wonder whether a small treadmill, which would fit my room, would be too fragile and too impractical and would become useless in the end. Should I go with it? A larger model would hardly fit my room.

    Elliptical: I am not very used to it, but Iíve heard good things about it. Seems to not burn as many calories as the treadmill, but people say it also help work out the upper body parts. However, I have some concerns about this. I am not used to it, but every time I did the elliptical, it was not half as comfortable as the treadmill; will I be able to do one hour of it every day, especially considering that it does not move by its own? Also, does it significantly improve the muscle training of the upper/lower body, considering that I have been lifting for the last 6 years and that I still do? Does it make any difference if I do the elliptical at evenings? Does it help with resistance or toning, does it tire my muscles, or does it make no difference at all? There are some small elliptical machines, which cannot be folded, but I think I could find some place for one that can pass through my door if this is the case.

    Can someone help me? Thanks a lot!

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    Have you just considered modifying your diet? You don't NEED to do cardio to lose weight.
    Donít chase the 1%, there is no magic training routine or diet thatís going to provide any measurable results over the basic principles for getting huge and strong: Train heavy, eat and sleep more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EKnight View Post
    Have you just considered modifying your diet? You don't NEED to do cardio to lose weight.
    Already done that.

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    So you're eating 0 calories???
    Donít chase the 1%, there is no magic training routine or diet thatís going to provide any measurable results over the basic principles for getting huge and strong: Train heavy, eat and sleep more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EKnight View Post
    So you're eating 0 calories???
    Of course not. I am following a diet prepared by a nutritionist.

    Still, I do no cardio when I hit the gym.

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    If you're following a diet prepared by a nutritionist- at least a competent one- fat loss should be no problem. Have you talked to him/her about this?

    My point is- there's more than one way to skin a cat. If you want to do cardio for improved endurance or conditioning, great! But if it's strictly fat loss, cardio isn't your only option.
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    Donít chase the 1%, there is no magic training routine or diet thatís going to provide any measurable results over the basic principles for getting huge and strong: Train heavy, eat and sleep more.

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    Look up Cardio Acceleration- Jim Stoppani


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    Quote Originally Posted by skaertus View Post
    Of course not. I am following a diet prepared by a nutritionist.

    Still, I do no cardio when I hit the gym.
    remember that calories expended through cardio also have to be taken into account with your total daily calorie expenditure, before calculation of a small calorie deficit
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    You can't do cardio at home.

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    So many cardio machines get bought with good intentions - but they mostly get used as clothes racks.

    Buy a pair of trainers and go out for a run.
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    I know you eliminated a bike, have you considered a Pelaton? My father in law just bought one and the whole family is using it. I do my own thing but four people using it and loving it can't be wrong. It's basically a spin bike with a monitor attached that provides live streaming spin classes


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    Jumping jacks is the best cardio I do at home.

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    I think that buying a treadmill or any expensive cardio machine for home use is a waste of money.You can do cardio workouts at home with minimum or no equipment.Cardio workouts are great not only for the fat loss,but for your hearth health and stamina.When you have high stamina,your gym/strength workouts are much better,and you feel better overall.But for strictly fat loss,you need a proper diet,not only just cardio.
    I will give you a few examples of cardio workouts at home,that lasts from 10 to 20 minutes.Buy a jump rope,it is very cheap(around 5 bucks)
    Workout1:
    Rope jump:start with a 5 sets of 30 seconds jumping and 15 seconds rest.Gradually increase the sets over time.
    Workout2:
    10 jumping jacks,10 jumping squats,10 russian twists (each side),rest 30 seconds,repeat 3 times,then increase over time.
    There are tons of home cardio workouts on youtube,just search 'home cardio workouts' and you are good to go.

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    I suggest you should calculate your calorie needs using a TDEE Calulator or better consult a better nutritionist.

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    Hello All, new here from the UK. So, If you take a proper diet no need to do cardio and don't have to do cardio every day. Actually, performing too much cardio will put your body in a catabolic state and burn hard-earned muscle. Yes, you can lose weight with diet alone and Follow a High-Protein Diet.
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