Long hours in the gym are most often times coupled with a few sessions of cardio. Your body and mind are all ready conditioned and strong. Workouts are fun and exciting. But every week you dread doing cardio. Sometimes you skip it all together.
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“Stay away from cardio, its gonna eat away at your muscles!” I think we have all heard that before.”
Is it really as scary as they say. Can it eat away at your hard earned muscle. Or can it benefit you in your training as well as other areas of your life.
Lets take a closer look at cardio.
Cardio Training and Fat Loss
There is as much confusion about cardio as there is about whether or not aliens really exist. Some say don’t some say do! Oy vey I say. Cardio training for fat loss is something I include in my arsenal of awesomeness.
What really makes cardio super beneficial is its effects on fat loss combined with a solid training regimen and a sound nutrition plan. Combining all these lovely little diddys together is what’s going to zap the fat and zip you down the road to building a super duper rocking hot body!
What just a second, there is a slight problem. With the frequency of cardio the body will eventually hit a brick wall and your fat burning progress may just stall. Totally not cool. Keep it interesting, jazz things up a bit.
Super Powered Cardio, High Interval Intensity Training aka HIIT
A great way to shake things up a bit is to partake in a little fun we here at Barbell Academy call High Intensity Interval Training or commonly known around fitness addicts and gym rats alike HIIT.
HIIT is a great way to put a little pep in your step when it comes to the fat burning process. Some benefits to HIIT training are a higher VO2 max which is good because with a higher VO2 max you can burn more fat. Your endurance will increase greatly which will enable you to train harder and longer. Also means you can make love to your lady like you did when you were in high school. Know what I mean cuz.
A combination of steady state cardio training and some high intensity training will help to increase the usage of fat fatty cells for energy thus nearly doubling your efforts. Sweet right.
Along with the immediate benefits of fat loss and increased cardiovascular capacity, implementing cardiovascular training into your life is a great way to increase its overall quality. Playing with the dog or outdoor activities with loved ones all becomes a lot easier.
Don’t be a sissy. Do your cardio and eat your fruits and veggies.