Cardio dogma; The war rages: muscle loss tweaks my ego; April “100 Challenge”.
Yesterday I decided to go ahead with a fasted 45-minute LISS cardio session, and had a great ride. I received an email yesterday that basically said, “I thought you liked HIIT cardio? Why are you doing LISS?” I do like HIIT cardio. In fact, I love it. But I have never understood the fierce debates that often take place arguing that one type of cardio or the other (usually HIIT or LISS) is “the best”. I think you should do what works best for you, and what you enjoy. Some people like to do HIIT exclusively, some people like LISS best and some people don’t do any formal cardio at all. Personally I enjoy cardio, but I don’t like locking myself into any particular style; I simply do whatever I’m in the mood for that day. Sometimes that’s a morning LISS session, sometimes it’s an afternoon HIIT workout and sometimes it’s just going for a bike ride. I find all these methods are effective when it comes to losing fat. Frankly I find the almost dogmatic arguments surrounding cardio methods exceptionally silly.
My scale weight this morning is a 2010 cutting low of 187.6 pounds. My abs are staring to show pretty good now, and I’ve noticed increased vascularity that only starts to show when I’m below 10% body fat. I have to admit that as much as I’d like to say it doesn’t bother me, I have indeed lost muscle, and on a certain level it does bother me. In 2007 when I cut down to 6% body fat I weighed 186.6 pounds. I think I’m right at 10% body fat right now, and that means I’ve lost about 6.5 pounds of muscle since then. I lost a lot of muscle after my highly successful 2008 bulk because I shifted my focus away from weight training, relaxed my diet quite a bit and started taking 20, 30 and even 40 mile bike rides on a regular basis.
Over the past year there has been a constant war raging in my head when it comes to muscle. Part of me is like, “Been there, done that. Focus on functional training for mountain biking and not just mass for the sake of being big”. Another part of me – admittedly 100% ego-driven – says, “Dude, you’re not as big as you were, you’ve got to get HUGE again!” I know that if I busted my ass on a 3 or 4 month all-out bulk I could as big (or bigger) than I’ve ever been in my life, but I don’t really want that. My ego does, no question about it, but I don’t. Who knows, my ego may win out on this one and I might wind up bulking again this winter. I do love bulking, you know… 🙂
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