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Cardio talk.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

March
14
2007

Starting today my cardio duration is increasing to 40 minutes per session. I’ll still be doing fasted LISS (Low Intensity Steady State) cardio three times per week on non-training days. In the past all of my fat loss programs have utilized far more cardio: almost without exception I would do cardio 7 days per week right from the start. One thing I’ve learned over the past couple of months is that all that cardio was, at best, completely unnecessary and perhaps even counter-productive. I’ve come to realize that slowly ramping up my cardio as I lose fat is every bit as effective – if not more effective – as doing tons of cardio right out of the gate.

Let’s take a look at the hard data. Over the past ~11 weeks I’ve lost 22 pounds, I’ve actually gained strength and I’ve retained the muscle I added during my last bulk. Normally at this point in my cut I would have spent close to 60 hours on the bike, but instead I’ve only invested 14 hours. That’s a heck of a lot of time I’ve reclaimed, and I couldn’t ask for better results.

I really believe that a proper diet and careful supplementation (and I’m not talking about thermogenics or so-called “fat burners”) are by far the most important factors when it comes to losing fat. Strength training is also critical, and should be a part of every dieter’s fat loss program. Cardio can help, but I believe it is by far the least important component. I’m not saying cardio doesn’t have it’s place – it can be very helpful if utilized correctly – but many people (especially beginners) seem to believe that cardio is the #1 key to fat loss and I completely disagree with that.

As I progress in my cut and get closer to 6% body fat more cardio will certainly be introduced into my fat loss program, and the nice thing is I’ll still be able to shock my body because I didn’t overuse cardio earlier in my program.

I’ll just throw one more thing out there before I go. The whole HIIT vs. fasted LISS debate is unbelievably silly to me. Both forms of cardio can be utilized very effectively. I’d love to see Mastover add some afternoon HIIT sessions to my fat loss program further down the road, and I suspect that he will. My advice is to keep your mind open, don’t get caught up in the hysterics that seem to surround this tired, never-ending debate and don’t be afraid to try new things. That’s how you’re going to learn what’s best for YOUR body – not by arguing on the Internet.

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