Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Why cardio is a complete waste of your time

I received this email from a personal trainer who has a unique approach to cardio fitness. His name is Shin Ohtake. He is not the only person with this view, but he is unique when it comes to implementing this approach. Let me know what you think.

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It's not that all cardio is bad. There is a right and a wrong way to do cardio. Long, moderate paced cardio is a waste of time if you're trying to shed those extra pounds or improve your athletic performance. It's like pushing your car to work instead of driving it. But why?

The right way to do cardio for fat-burning and better conditioning is to do high intensity interval cardio. My favorite type of HIIT cardio workouts include sprinting (running). You don't need any equipment (or even a track for that matter). To change it up, find a hill or maybe some stairs.

Here's a sample:

Do a 15 second sprint, followed by 45 seconds of rest. Repeat this
8 times.

If you want something even more challenging, try the "Tabata"
interval (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off) for 8 rounds.

Remember, these are ALL OUT sprints. That means you sprint as fast as you can. 100% intensity.

If you don't have outdoor access (or if you're snowed in!) try intervals on the stationary bike. I always suggest the bike because it's easier to adjust the resistance and you're able to give it 100% effort. It's hard to sprint at your maximum speed on the treadmill, which is why I recommend the bike for indoor interval cardio.

One of the many benefits of doing interval cardio as opposed to longer, moderate cardio is it's positive effects on your metabolism. You'll boost your metabolic rate for a longer period of time. That means you'll improve your conditioning and burn more fat at the same time. How's that for efficient?

Sincerely,

Shin Ohtake
Author, MAX Workouts
www.MaxWorkouts.com

George Pragovich
Cancer Recovery and Fitness Specialist
Trainer of Personal Trainers
931-378-7850: Home
206-202-0944: Fax
gkp@charter.net
http://gkprenttoown.blogspot.com/
Skype: georgefitnesstrainer
http://cancerrecoveryandfitnessspecialist.blogspot.com/
http://cancerrecoveryandfitnessspecialist.wufoo.com/forms/please-contact-me/
http://georgefitnesstrainer.wordpress.com/
http://freedomtheconstitutionandpatriotism.blogspot.com/

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