May 26, 2011
Cardio doesn’t work. It’s something I’ve been talking about A LOT on this website. When I say cardio, I’m talking about slow, steady cardio like jogging for miles. Then what DOES work? INTERVALS!
Steady state cardio only works for a small group of people. The rest of us need to push it harder with Intervals. Most people don’t do intervals because it’s so hard to do. But it is this hard work that is going to help you in the long run.
If you want a skinny, weak physique, then steady state cardio is the way to go. But if you want to be lean and muscular, then intervals is the way to go! Even for girls, a lean, muscular physique looks super sexy!
If you’re someone who has a lot of time on their hands, then perhaps steady state cardio will work for you. But for the large majority of people, intervals will save you time and give you the greatest fat burning benefit in the shortest period of time.
But, you can do Interval training for years to come, but you will not get REAL results if you do not focus on nutrition. Nutrition is at least 80% of the equation. It is SUPER difficult to out-train a bad diet.
With weight training and high intensity exercise, the law of diminishing returns applies. So, you want to go hard and fast. Training longer is not necessarily better. What you need to do is focus on what works.
After a session of high intensity exercise, you will experience muscle/protein breakdown and gylcogen depletion. This increased cellular metabolic activity burns more calories after your workouts.
The simple way of explaining it is that it boosts your metabolic rate. So you burn more calories throughout the day. So, you may burn more calories during a cardio workout, you will burn more calories AFTER a high intensity interval or strength training routine.
Yes, I said strength training. That’s the third piece to the puzzle. Strength training does burn calories and boost metabolic rate. But it also helps you build more lean muscle mass. The more muscle you build, the higher your resting metabolic rate.
So an intense workout only temporarily boosts your metabolic rate. Building muscle mass, on the other hand, boosts your overall metabolic rate. Hence, it is much easier to maintain or even lose more weight in the future!
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