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Which Mode Do You Choose?

I have been watching people at the gym and doing this I have realized that a lot of people simply hop on a piece of cardio equipment and press "quick start" and go. I am guessing this is because they don't want to mess with all the other functions. So I am curious which mode you usually choose...

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GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
I usually do a cross-training or hill-climbing program. On the elliptical that's one that cycles through the different crossramps and on the bike it cycles through different resistances.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
I mix it up, but I never use quick start. It doesn't get your age or weight that way.
Kate14909563 Kate14909563 9 years
It depends on the machine. I like manual for the treadmill since I speed up and slowdown on my own, intervals on the arc trainer, hills on the elliptical, and either the new virtual trail rides or a distance race on the bike.
aflower aflower 9 years
random..takes away the thinking.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 9 years
i used to do fatburn but it got kind of annoying because it will yell at you if you dont do what it wants. My pace is always dictated by the beat of the song im listening to. So if suddenly a reallly fast song comes on, like salsa or merengue, then Ill start going fast and the machine will start beeping at me to slow down. And I really can't . . it's kind of weird. So now I just quickstart and now and then change the incline and resistance.
Meekie53 Meekie53 9 years
I do manual to reach my calorie target in the alloted time.
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 9 years
I do manual because I like to be in control of the machine.
emmy-doo emmy-doo 9 years
I usually do interval b/c I've read so many articles about the benefits of this type of exercise. Quicker fat burn, higher metabolism boost, and quicker results for cardiovascular fitness. Besides, I'm a goal-oriented person, and basically every 2 minutes I'm working toward another goal - to make it through the current level. Sometimes, however, I'll set my machine to 10K which takes me about an hour and has built in hils. (I use an Octane Fitness Elliptical) Either program burns similar amounts of calories for me.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I always use manual. All of my instructors told me to use this function so I haven't ever really strayed from it! I did try Personal Trainer on the Cross Trainer, once. It was OK but I can control the level and resistance much better when using manual. I don't even understand why somebody would press quick start, what kind of a workout is that going to be?
millarci millarci 9 years
I agree with Sweet Potato. I use manual function, because I can control the speed, incline, weight, age, and time.
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
I rotate between interval, cardio and fat burn. I often manually adjust the levels so incline and speed are challenging. Fat burn is hard for me as it seems too slow (and yes I've entered weight, age, time) and I kinda go crazy as I generally am bursting with too much energy to maintain this slow pace.
Feesje Feesje 9 years
Always manual. I don't even know what the other buttons stand for.
sweet_potato sweet_potato 9 years
manual I enter my weight, age, workout time, then speed and incline.
tiabia tiabia 9 years
I choose Manual and then do my own "interval" workout on the treadmill. This allows me to increase and decrease the speed and incline at my own pace...although it does take a lot of initiative to actually push myself to keep with the faster pace!!
darcyrue darcyrue 9 years
I go outside to jog, walk, or run... all seasons all weather. And I live in Minnesota! It's all about layers!
popularsugar popularsugar 9 years
It depends, I like to do interval for hills or manual to monitor my calorie count, but i used to always hit quick start because i didn't want to spend the extra minute typing in my weight/time/program.
rubialala rubialala 9 years
manual or interval.
nikolem2 nikolem2 9 years
My first choice is always random, but if it's not there I'll do intervals. Treadmills are another story--always manual.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 9 years
Any of the pre-programed modes never seem to have enough speed or resistance for me so I go with manual, do a five minute warm-up then put it at a speed I am comfortable with and don't feel like I am "dragging" along.
alibella alibella 9 years
Quick start, random, level 8, enter weight. i could do it in my sleep.
krampalicious krampalicious 9 years
i do the gluteal functions when available and then jack the resistance up. otherwise, i do the fat burn.
blackjade blackjade 9 years
I use random or one of the hill settings (around the world is pretty fun)
eaker eaker 9 years
I switch between cardio and interval on the arc trainer. I usually pick manual on the lifecycle and elliptical, because I like to read while I work out, and the cardio mode requires you grip the handles the entire time.
mme-sky mme-sky 9 years
I do three rounds on the elliptical -- first one interval, second one cross country (big hills), third back to interval, but I pedal backwards on the higher level.
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 9 years
Quick start, then I manually increase the speed and incline.
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