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Broly 12-22-2006 08:18 PM

What Cardio Exercises burn the most fat?
I heard that swimming burns a lot and so does jump roping. How's running and riding a speed bike? If anyone else knows any other exercises that burn a lot of fat fill free to share.


Broly 12-23-2006 12:26 PM


TALO 12-23-2006 12:35 PM

anything will burn calories if you do it with a proper diet. Try out all the equipment and see for yourself what you like

_Wolf_ 12-23-2006 05:01 PM

i heard that swimming does NOT burn fat? :(

Broly 12-23-2006 06:24 PM

I heard it does, my brother swims and he is skinny as a rail :wtf:

Frontline 12-24-2006 07:44 AM

Here's a good article on swimming and why it may not be the best for fat loss when compared to other aerobic activities:

Of course you can make any type of cardiovascular activity work for fatloss as its all about calories in verses calories out. Swimming will add some lean muscle to your frame as well, so if you enjoy it then go for it.

EricT 12-24-2006 11:00 AM

I've heard and have actually observed the same things about swimming. When you do a head to head comparison, swimming just doesn't cut the mustard in terms of fat loss. And you have to make sure not to consider elite swimmers in this. If you tend to have a lot of extra body will never be an elite swimmer, most likely.

I've actually seen a couple of articles touting swimming as the IDEAL way to lose fat. And then I discover their reasoning is because Olympic swimmers have low bodyfat levels. LOL. Of course they do. You can't have a big belly dragging through the water and be an olympic swimmer. Skill level may be a factor also. I know swimming would suck for me cuz it would take me too long just to become proficient let alone burn a ton of calories. Then you have the cool water bringing on fat as an insulater but I don't think as yet that theory holds water :biglaugh: .

There are all types of theories as to why but to me the most compelling is just the studies comparing swimming to other things where swimming always comes out at the bottom and just observing overweight or slightly overweight people who swim a lot of laps.

I agree with Sleazy. Do some swimming if you like it. But I wouldn't choose it as the preffered cardio activity. In any case variety is good.

verbatimreturned 12-24-2006 01:13 PM

Treadmill walking on an incline at a moderate pace is usually what I do...mix things up (Bike, elliptical, stepper, etc.) If you enjoy swimming and it gets you to go the gym on a consistant basis to do your cardio then swim

Broly 12-24-2006 03:51 PM

Thank you
I also am wondering If jumping roping is a good fat burner?

EricT 12-24-2006 04:12 PM

Jumping rope, for the most part, falls under high intensity type cardio. So it would best be used as part of interval training. Definitely good. Depending on how long you keep it up it may not burn a lot of fat during a session. It will certainly burn a lot of calories. However, most of the fat buring effect will be post exercise.

You can look at the HIIT sticky to get an idea about high intensity cardio. You'll want to decide if you want to do steady state low intensity cardio, HIIT, or some of both. I'm a HIIT believer but it all has it's use and appropriateness.

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