What's the least punishing cardio on your body/knees?

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  1. greenarrow

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    I train judo 3x a week, and 2 days a week I lift weights following Rippetoe's SS program. So essentially I'm doing some sort of backwork/legwork every day for 5 days straight. I was just wondering what type of cardio is the least punishing - especially on your knees?
     
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    Swimming. But stick to freestyle or backstroke. Your knees will actually 'slide' and have pressure on them from strokes like butterfly and breast-stroke.
     
  3. flowerbeast

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    rowing machines, ellipticals, swimming, running on grass, etc.

    been doing barbell/dumbbell complexes lately and they seem pretty easy on the knees
     
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  5. Lug's Spear

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    I'm no expert, but I would go with swimming. Maybe I should start doing that since running has been death on my knees.
     
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    swimming is a good way to go. if you want to something with adjustable resistance for HIIT then try versa climbers or rowing machines.
     
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    You train Judo 3 times per week, you lift weights twice per week. Extra training on top of this would wear you down. Besides, I would think that Judo itself gives you all the cardio fitness you require. Pick out a decent Judo fighter in your club at randori time. Wrestle hard with him for 5 mins straight. Stop and rest for 1 min. Then wrestle hard again for 5 mins. Aim for takedowns, submissions, just keep driving untill the other guy gives up. Now do a few rounds of that and then tell me how you feel.
     
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    I was going to say:

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    If you are worried about stress on your joints than it's a stationary bike. Just make sure the seat is adjusted correctly or it will do more damage than good.
     
  11. JRT6

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    Swimming is good unless you have arthritis under your knee caps then it is the worst because the water pushes on it hard. I think the best thing is to take everyones' suggestions and mix it up.
     
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    Maybe I'm just lazy but Judo 3x a week should be a good amount of cardio. I conisder BJJ 2x a week my cardio. Why not just spar a little longer in class, keep your heart rate up
     
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  14. FyouKantCme

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    Bouldering
     
  15. flak

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    Hitting the heavy bag, 3 minute rounds with 1 minute rest.

    You sure you need more cardio training?
     
  16. flak

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    This also seems like really good advice.
     
  17. youngsteinel

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    swimming isn't too hard on your body. tough word out too
     
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    Tire sled pulling is easy on my joints.
     
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    I use to be a runner 30+ miles a week. Last year I got diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both of my knees, it SUCKS. I can't run, do a treadmill or do anything active unless I want my knees to crap out

    I have tried everything to get my cardio in. The best things are swimming and elliptical. I have no access to a pool so I bought an elliptical and it doesnt hurt my knees as much, eventhough it still hurts. I just do 40-50 mins on the elliptical 4 times a week so I dont turn into a lard ass.

    also i sprained my wrist boxing, and it has never been the same so I cant even lift weights

    my life sucks
     
  20. Alacrity

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    Swimming. Cardio and good for overall body workout. And just like running, you can do interval swimming -- mix fast laps with slow resting laps. Don't burn yourself out though.
     

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