Alright, let's get back to the basics.
You've heard before that we have to get our heart rate in a
certain 'zone' so we can burn fat at its highest rate, right?
When you look at it from a percentage way, it makes total sense.
Fat is your primary source of energy right now as you read this
email. So, theoretically, you should be losing some fat right now.
I understand that jogging will burn calories and therefore will
burn a little fat but the after effects of it are pretty much
What I mean is you aren't burning an optimal amount of fat
at rest, AFTER your workouts.
Now, when you compare the bodies of sprinters and marathon runners
you can see that sprinters have a lot of lean muscle and minimal fat
and when you look at the body of the majority of marathon runners
you can see that they are skinny by barely any muscle.
Most people I train want the sprinters body. So we don't do any
long cardio. It just hasn't proved to me to be totally effective
with fat loss, so I rarely do it. I have my clients do bike
sprints, hill sprints, treadmill sprints. Not at the level that
elite sprinters do, of course, but it's consistently shown to give
my clients superior results then regular cardio does.
Am I against regular cardio?
Not really. It's proven to help a lot of people lose weight.
I've also seen it cause a lot of ankle, knee, and hip problems
due to the constant pounding when you run for a long time over
and over again.
I've never seen anyone have an injury while doing interval training
or have interval training cause a nagging injury like jogging does.
That makes it even better because that means I'm dealing with a
healthier person when I train them and they don't have to suffer
from these nagging pains all the time.
Long cardio has proven to be good for your heart, but research is
proving that interval training is even BETTER for your heart and
lungs then long cardio, which brings into play the overall vitality
of my clients.
If you're getting this then you have looked at my e-course
describing an interval session to you. If you haven't or this
was forwarded to you then shoot me a line and I'll send you the
Monday I'm going to talk a little bit about rep ranges and the
effects they could have on building lean muscle.
Have a happy and healthy day,
PS - Don't get me wrong. I'm not anti-running, I just feel that
the overall benefits of interval training out weight the benefits
of long cardio by a fair margin. Cheers.