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Bike Boredom Blaster Workout

January 8, 2014

A workout? On The Healthy Maven? No, you’re not in the wrong place…Believe it or not I still have an interest in fitness. Obviously my leg and back injury has been a major deterrent when it comes to exercise but despite dealing with this for almost a year now I’ve still managed to find ways to move my body. 

According to my masseuse, Raymond I have some serious trigger points in my back and hip, which is likely the cause of my chronic pain. Even though he almost made me cry from torture my man Raymond really is a god with his hands. After my first session I felt infinitely better. Of course being me I was an idiot and thought I was healed so I went to the gym and did a crazy Nike Training Club workout. It was either all of the jump-squats or my shameless twerking which caused most of the pain to come back…whomp whomp.

twerkRaymond explained to me that these things take time and even if I’m feeling better it doesn’t mean I should start whipping out my Miley Cyrus moves. He put me under strict orders to keep both feet planted at all times. No jumping and obviously no running for me. While I enjoy lifting weights and yoga, 6 months off of running has clearly taken it’s toll on my endurance. We’re talking breathless at the top of 3 flights of stairs. So despite my aversion to the stationary bike (or elliptical, or stair master, or most forms of cardio equipment) I sat myself down on that chair and worked up a sweat.

Since I have the attention span of a 3 year old I had to keep things interesting with some intervals. I’m not going to lie, I was dying at the end of this workout. But I did it and I finished the entire thing with no pain! For my 20 seconds fast I made sure to keep my pace over 100 RPM. I set my low resistance at 8, my medium resistance at 10 and my high resistance at 12. These are what worked for me but everyone is different. Have fun!

bike boredom blasterWhat’s your favourite piece of cardio equipment? Are you a fan of intervals?

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  • Reply
    Allana Williams
    August 18, 2018 at 7:32 am

    I love bikes! I prefer moving ones than stationary bikes. Great post!

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    Matt
    April 5, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Great article!
    I started getting fit 2 months ago (male 46 UK) and jogging about 7-8 km every other day now.
    I just wanted to tell your readers that if they are a little older or a little overweight (like me) that they should start SLOWLY!
    I started with short walks, building up to long walks before I started jogging.
    Keep up the great work!

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    Mary E. Copp
    April 18, 2016 at 12:52 am

    We love this workout because it is scalable to any fitness level. If you are beginning or advanced, listen to your body and go the speed that works for you in the sprint sections.

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    Jenny
    March 9, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Yes, I’m addicted to my spin bike. Cardio is my favorite and I love to play around with intervals :). Thanks for this Davida!

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    Eveline
    March 4, 2015 at 5:26 am

    Ah, this is awesome. Makes my training less boring and more productive. Thanks for sharing!

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    January 20, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Oh girl, I hear ya on the loss of endurance! I was on the elliptical a couple of weeks ago for the first time in forever and after only a couple of minutes at a somewhat “fast” pace, I had to stop because my chest was hurting…like STABBING pain! I was like DUDE! I know I’m getting older but I’m not THAT old! Haha!

    And you know, I’ve hated the bike for a while now (I get this weird hip pain after a couple of minutes), but I tried it out the other day and went 20 minutes without any pain! Granted 15 of those minutes were spent on the phone with my sister, but hey, at least I was moving right? Just FYI, the correct answer is RIGHT! 😉

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    [email protected]
    January 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I love Spinning. It’s my go to cardio, and since it makes me ridiculously happy and tones my glutes at the same time, I’d say it’s a win-win. I wouldn’t mind borrowing Raymond though.

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    Cassie
    January 9, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    I guess if I HAD to pick a favorite piece of cardio equipment it would be the pool, as a former swimmer. But if I had to pick real cardio, it would be treadmill, and I still would hate it because I get so bored and I like fresh air and looking at things and being outside.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 12, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      C has been trying to get me to swim for years! He was a swimmer and diver and I have an aversion to water. Gotta work on that…

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    [email protected], Fit, and Frugal
    January 9, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Glad you finished without pain! I love intervals, but hate cardio equipment (I love cardio over weights though). But I don’t belong to a gym so that’s not an issue. I have to get creative. We have a lot of hills in my area, and we also have a sand dune which is a great low impact cardio workout. Is there anything like that in your area? At least hills?

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 12, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Definitely no dunes but same pretty great hills. Unfortunately I can’t run but maybe walking up them will get my heart rate up!

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    Jessie
    January 9, 2014 at 2:21 am

    well hot damn – without a bike I’m thinking it may be hard to give this workout a shot.

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