Whenever we hear the word “cardio”, we tend to immediately associate it with weight loss and body fat reduction. But what if the right amount and right type of cardio could actually aid you in your muscle building gains? You would most likely be more willing to do it, even when not in a traditional “cutting” phase.
Most exercise programs designed to promote fat loss use low or moderate intensity walking and jogging workouts. Unfortunately, they seldom work. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) may be the answer.
Running – whether it be outside or on a treadmill – is one of the most effective forms of cardio for dropping body fat. Here are eight common problems – and how to fix them – to help you get the most out of your next HIIT or steady state session.
While we can’t do anything lessen the demands of work and family obligations, we can save you hours each week by dramatically decreasing the amount of time you’re spending on cardio conditioning. With our methods, not only will you spend less time working your cardio, you’ll actually burn more calories and fat and build muscle to boot.
These five “Extreme Makeovers” to your traditional approach to cardio will frighten the squeamish. You are about to challenge yourself to achieve your goals by taking on exercises few are willing to try.
Don’t go by someone else’s book of what maximum intensity should be, and don’t define it by some arbitrary speed limit set on a treadmill. It does not matter if you are 20 years old or 50 years old. We all have our own level of maximum intensity.
Four minutes isn’t a long enough time to experience any meaningful results for a well-conditioned athlete, bodybuilder or weightlifter, let alone develop the aerobic system and result in anaerobic strength gains. Right? Not exactly.
The treadmill is a valuable training tool and can be a very enjoyable way to exercise, but how a person perceives exercise does have an effect on both the mental and physical aspects of his workouts.
Over the last few years much has been written about various forms of interval cardio and the overall effectiveness of HIIT training, and one thing has become abundantly clear: HIIT cardio is the most efficient and effective form of cardio for fat loss, and it should be a part of any well-rounded training program for those who are able to perform it.
We will happily push ourselves through gut-wrenching weight-training workouts, but the thought of cardio sends many scurrying for cover like cockroaches in a lit room. Most cardio is about as fun as watching clothes dry and - more importantly – we’re often told that cardio can cause muscle loss. This has led many people to suggest completely abolishing cardio from the weight-trainer’s arsenal.