Monday, February 21, 2011

Cardio SUCKS-Time for you and the treadmill to breakup

Yes I said it! Cardio just sucks. I don't like to do it, and I don't think its the best thing to do with your time and I am not alone. When you ask someone who wants to drop weight what they plan to do it almost always involves doing endless amounts of cardio. This is WRONG! Sure doing cardio will help you lose weight, just not much of it will be fat. Recently there has been strong research based evidence that doing metabolic resistance training is the best. I currently train all my clients who are trying to tone and lose weight with this method. What am I talking about when I say metabolic resistance training? This just means doing resistance training at a high tempo in which you combine both the benefits of weight training and cardio . Think of it as a two in one. Below are some of the benefits of training like this:

  • Higher calorie burn

  • Stimulate more muscle, therefore helping to hold onto lean muscle mass

  • Increased EPOC-which means you will keep burning calories hours after you exercise

So an example set up might be doing a chest exercise followed by a back exercise. You could also do a leg exercise followed by a upper body exercise. This way you can work one area of the body while another rests. This setup allows you to move quicker, rest less and get better results. The best thing is you can do this type of training with any equipment. Bands, TRX, Barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells and much more.

There is no reason why you shouldn't be setting up your workouts like this. If you want the best way to reach your goal of losing weight and toning up then why wouldn't you be doing this! I am not here to tell you to never do cardio but I am simply telling you there are other m0re effective methods. Down with cardio...... Go Dominate!

1 comment:

  1. I liked this post and I think you are completely right for those that can get a good strength training routine done in a relatively short period of time - 45 minutes with little or no rest. For me, I know I am a bit slower on the weights - I usually take 60-70 minutes to complete (but with heavy weights) so I never get the heart rate that elevated. But I found that when I added 30 min of pretty intense cardio at the end of my workouts (running, eliptical and recombinant bike, etc), I really started to slim down. when I started this 2 years ago (after ten years of mostly weights only) I lost nearly 50 lbs and have never felt better. My next area of challenge: flexibility.