4 Ways To Cardio Train That DO NOT Involve The Dreadmill
Have you ever wondered why all the running that you do does not really give you the results that you want when it comes to burning fat, dropping inches, getting leaner whatever you want to call it!!
READ THIS SENTENCE A FEW TIMES:
You won't build muscle if you are doing hours upon hours of cardio every week. Got me?
Here's another reason:
Low intensity cardio uses muscle to fuel the exercises a lot of the time. So, you not only are stopping your body from making new muscle, but you are actually BURNING YOUR CURRENT MUSCLE.
Low - Medium intensity cardio is what you see everyone at the gym doing.
They go at a fairly hard pace, that’s above a walk but nowhere near a sprint, for 30-60 minutes.
Ever notice how their bodies never change?
That’s because that form of cardio is useless. Actually, it’s worse than useless. It’s detrimental.
It can cause muscle loss and actually cause you to get fatter. When doing medium intensity cardio your body produces too much cortisol (stress hormone) so you end up eating away at your hard earned muscle.
Excessive cortisol production can also lead to increased body fat storage in the abdominal region.
Think about your bum shrinking from cardio.
Yeah you might be getting better at running but what about your bodyshape, is that getting leaner? or are you still struggling to get rid of the wobbly bits?
Now i'm not going to put down anyone that runs. Running plays apart in my own training as it's specific to the obstacle race events that I do and so is muscular strength training.
So you want to get that low body fat and leaner looking body?
When you combine the two, then you have a winning formula where you'll not only improve your endurance but your entire body shape as well.
I'm going to show you 4 ways that you can cardio train without spending hours and hours jogging to knowhere on the dreadmill.
Way One: High Intensity Resistance Training
To put it bluntly, the more muscle you have the more metabolic currency you have and this is how you finally win the battle against fat loss.
Muscle makes everything look better. You want that round firm bum? it all starts with built glutes and hamstrings. You want defined shoulders? you need to develop your deltoids.
Muscle fills in all the areas that are supposed to be there and helps you burn off the things that aren't supposed to be there.
Training wise, put in a few effective resistance workouts per week (bodyweight, kettlebells, free weight, olympic lifts) and you add some serious metabolic active income that further enhances your stores of metabolic passive income over the long haul. This is one of the reasons that my 28 day online coaching clients are seeing such amazing results from following the plan.
You see, trying to reduce fat without some kind of lean muscle is a bit like putting in lots of billable hours. With billable hours you make money while you're working, once you punch out you're no longer making money.
The same thing goes for forms of training, take jogging on a treadmill in which you are simply burning calories. Once you stop jogging the calorie burning stops.
Contrast this with interval or resistance interval training in which you do an all out effort for thirty seconds or so and then you rest or work at a moderate pace for thirty seconds then go hard again.
15 - 20 minutes of this form of intense training is a metabolic powerhouse and the benefits last way longer after the workout is over. It also brings faster endurance gains in the short term.
Way Two - Three - Four: Sprinting For Killer Conditioning
I know what you're thinking....
"But Jason i'm not built like a sprinter"
Whenever I mention sprints to people, a sudden look of fear on their face says it all.
The thing is sprints can be adapted to all levels. If a short burst of jogging is all you can muster in the beginning then that's good enough. The more consistent you are the more you will be able to do over time. That jog will eventually be a run and that run will eventually be a sprint.
So let me give you the truth about sprints……
YES they are tough
YES they are hard work
YES they are tiring
YES you’ll be hanging out of your rear end after a sprint training session