X-iser?
X-iser? , 06-22-2008 11:57 PM


Junior Low-Carber


Has anyone tried this thing? It's recommended on Jonny Bowden's site. Here is the product site:

http://www.xiser.com/

$385 seems like a lot, but it make some big promises. I wasn't able to find many reviews on it.

Thanks,
B.
RE: X-iser? , 06-23-2008 11:41 AM


Senior Low-Carber


What are you looking for it to do?

Cardio has been shown to not be very effective for helping people lose weight. It makes you hungrier and eat more. Actually, you should eat more if you are exercising.
RE: X-iser? , 06-23-2008 04:00 PM


Junior Low-Carber


As always, I'm looking for the simplest, fastest, easiest way to exercise! LOL! I have complete ADD when it comes to exercising. All of it bores me.

I just finished Jonny Bowden's book (Living the Low Carb Life), so I was checking out his web site and saw this. There are a few YouTube clips about it, but most of it looks like infomercial stuff.

B.
RE: X-iser? , 06-23-2008 04:02 PM


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Hey Breeze, I'm happy to ask Jonny for more information about it for you. I'll let you know what he says.

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RE: X-iser? , 06-24-2008 08:40 PM


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Okay, Breeze, here's what Jonny had to say about X-ciser:

Hi Jimmy,

X-ciser is really unique in a couple of ways. It is based on the recent compelling research on the benefits of short burst training for both weight loss and cardio benefits. For years I've been saying that high intensity short workouts are highly effective. You can do that kind of training without a machine, (i.e. wind sprints, intervals, etc) but this makes it super-convenient. It's a really well designed, durable machine that lets you adjust intensity and resistance, and the whole program also allows you to do weights and resistance.

I do one-minute bursts on it and they leave you weak--4 of 'em a day and you're good to go. That's a pretty efficient use of exercise time (think Rocky running the stadium steps--only 45 seconds, but WOW!). This is like that. You can lose weight and firm up in a very efficient way.

Let me know if that answers your questions.

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS

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RE: X-iser? , 06-24-2008 11:31 PM


Expert Low-Carber


Hi,


If anyone has one of these, let me know how you like it. I will let a month pass before I make a final decision about plunking down $500.00 for it (shipping to Canada is $80.00). I was looking at a $2000.00 elliptical so I do not want to make a hasty purchase. Whatever I buy, I will have to be committed to using.

Thanks for posting this Breeze and thanks to Jimmy for digging up some further information from Jonny.

Val

RE: X-iser? , 06-24-2008 11:51 PM


Expert Low-Carber



Everything I have read about interval training or HIIT is that you should get a lot of rest between workouts. Seven days a week may be too much. As to timing just count the old fashioned way, one-thousand one, one-thousand two,etc.


It is ALL about the insulin. Everyone knows that but 'can't we all get along' Ornish. Atkins got it. Ornish doesn't have a clue.
RE: X-iser? , 06-25-2008 12:03 AM


Expert Low-Carber


Hi Mac,

Thanks for the advice, I started to do some more HIIT reading and I think I am starting to understand now. Do you do HIIT? If so, what do you do?

Val

RE: X-iser? , 06-25-2008 12:35 AM


Expert Low-Carber


Valcan Wrote:Hi Mac,

Thanks for the advice, I started to do some more HIIT reading and I think I am starting to understand now. Do you do HIIT? If so, what do you do?

Val

I haven't done any in awhile. Find my posts in the link to the thread I posted to Cardio for Fat Loss I & II. I pretty much used a variation of that. I have a treadmill that has the ability to program for intervals but the minimum duration for the interval is a minute. Since it has a built in heart rate monitor I can gauge how well I am succeeding. I used to vary my interval length between sessions. I only did one interval session a day. Maybe two in an entire week. I worked my way from 4 intervals to 6 intervals. The best thing I liked about HIIT or interval training is that it is more focused than long slow boring cardio on a treadmill.

It is ALL about the insulin. Everyone knows that but 'can't we all get along' Ornish. Atkins got it. Ornish doesn't have a clue.
RE: X-iser? , 06-25-2008 12:43 AM


Expert Low-Carber


Hi,

Thanks Mac! I have been reading about the Tabata Method. I figure that if I can commit to do a tabata workout 2 - 3 times a week for the month of July, then I will go ahead and order the X-iser. If I can't stick with it for a month without it, then the machine will be a waste of money.

Any suggestions on what to do on the off days. Would strength training be okay?

Val

RE: X-iser? , 06-25-2008 01:14 AM


Expert Low-Carber


Valcan Wrote:Hi,

Thanks Mac! I have been reading about the Tabata Method. I figure that if I can commit to do a tabata workout 2 - 3 times a week for the month of July, then I will go ahead and order the X-iser. If I can't stick with it for a month without it, then the machine will be a waste of money.

Any suggestions on what to do on the off days. Would strength training be okay?

Val

Yep. I used to alternate cardio with weights. All you really need IMO is a good set of dumbbells. I used to do deumbell exercises with whole body exercises like squats (where initially I did them w/o the dumbbells). I have a cage so I used to do barbells as well. The cage with barbells had a catch where I would not have the barbells on my chest if they happened to slip. So I didn't need a spotter. The cage has a bar for dips and chin-ups. There are a lot of whole body exercises you can do where you get the equivalent of a weight workout. You can buy the dumbbells individually in set weights but I got mine a long time ago from an exercise shop where the weights come off and there is a quick tightening device.

It is ALL about the insulin. Everyone knows that but 'can't we all get along' Ornish. Atkins got it. Ornish doesn't have a clue.
RE: X-iser? , 06-25-2008 07:52 PM


Junior Low-Carber


Jimmy - thanks for asking Jonny the question.

Val - I bought a pretty expensive elliptical, but I never liked it as much as the one in the gym. Got bored. Sold it and got another treadmill. I'm like you - I want to make sure I'm going to use it before I spend a good chunk of money. Again. (Remembering the Total Gym, the ski machine, the HealthRider...oh, man. I don't even want to think about it!) LOL!

B.
RE: X-iser? , 06-25-2008 10:18 PM


Expert Low-Carber


Hi Breeze,

You know EXACTLY where I am coming from. If you go to You Tube and search "tabata" you will see several examples of a hiit workout without the expensive equipment. I liked this video and I may even try a workout by following the women on it:

Tabata Squats

This is a great instructional video:

Tabata Demonstration or Tabata Workout

The squats look like a place I could start to see if hiit is something I can stick to. If I love it, I will buy the X-iser. If I hate it, I will have saved myself some money. I also have a fitness GPS that I can set to beep for intervals of 20 and 10 seconds.

Anyone out there ever try Tabata 1 minute at a time 4 times a day? Would it be as effective as 4 straight minutes?

Val

RE: X-iser? , 06-26-2008 06:27 PM


Junior Low-Carber


Val,
Thanks for the links. Good grief. My legs hurt *watching* that first video. I did a search on YouTube for some more Tabata clips and I like what I see. I'm going to try this out and see what happens.

B.
RE: X-iser? , 06-28-2008 04:33 PM


Expert Low-Carber


Hi,

Yesterday I intentionally went off plan (only because I wanted to before I started summer holidays and increased attention to weight loss, not for any cycling or dietary reason). Today I am back on plan and ready to go. Breakfast was very low carb. Today is the first day for me to try a Tabata. I thought I should warm up first so I went outside and cut the front lawn (it is on a small hill so it was a good warm up). When I came in, I set my fitness GPS to beep at 20 and 10 second intervals and I went for it. I alternated between squats and jumping jacks. The time went by so fast but I hung in there to the end with a Tabata score of 21 on my jumping jacks. I was concentrating so hard on listening to the timer that when I was done, I was a bit surprised and how heavily I was breathing.

Final verdict after my first Tabata - I LOVED IT! I don't see any need right now to spend the $500.00 on the X-iser to use it 4 minutes 3 times a week when there are so many other full body exercises that are just as effective and are free!

Tomorrow I will strength train and then a cardio warm up followed by a Tabata the day after. I want to try this rotation for as long as I can.

This is an X-iser thread so I think I will go and start a new Tabata thread to track my progress.

Val

RE: X-iser? , 06-29-2008 02:21 AM


Junior Low-Carber


Wendyoh Wrote:What are you looking for it to do?

Cardio has been shown to not be very effective for helping people lose weight. It makes you hungrier and eat more. Actually, you should eat more if you are exercising.

Actually I believe the statement relates to significant weight loss. For many of us down to the last 10 -15 lbs, cardio and weight training in conjunction with LC of course, can make the difference. Also if you get hungry,you just eat to appetite as always.