cardio-workout

Mark Sisson, over at one of my favorite sites, recently wrote a post called Grok Tag.

It is so well written because his description of recess is “spot on”. I lived for recess back in Elementary School! It was a blast. I remember basically doing all activities full throttle and having fun no matter what we were doing. This article is not a tip or anything like that.

I just wanted to back Mark’s message from his recent post.

rope-swing

[I will never be too old to enjoy a great rope swing! I need to find a great one this summer…and a good place for cliff diving. This stuff never gets old!]

I Have a Love-Hate Relationship With Technology!

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I have been guilty in the past of not giving steady state aerobics any respect. I am a big believer in high intensity interval training because it is extremely effective at burning body fat. I LOVE high intensity interval training.

It is quick and gets results, but obviously steady state aerobics have great advantages as well. In this article I will talk about combining the two to maximize fat loss.

Steady State Aerobics
[“Drop That Zero and Get With the Hero!”…Quote from Vanilla Ice in the movie “Cool As Ice”. I am embarrassed that I know that…LOL!]

A Quick Background on Steady State Aerobics

Throughout the 70’s and 80’s steady state cardio was THE way to burn body fat. Everybody was pushing the idea of spending a long period of time on a cardio machine at a walking pace, to reach a target heart rate that supposedly used “fat for fuel”. This did work for people who put in the time and who ate strictly. It was particularly effective for bodybuilders, since they would burn more calories walking due to their high lean body mass.

Steady State Aerobics Worked, But Had Flaws [click to continue…]

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Have you ever heard the saying “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you will keep getting what you’ve always got”. Well this saying holds true for cardio to some extent. No matter what type of cardio you are doing, you will most likely reach a fat burning sticking point. The way to blast through this sticking point, is to increase the performance a bit.

Performanced Based Cardio
(A picture of a spinning class in Viareggio, Italy)

People Measure Their Performance in Weight Lifting, But Rarely When It Comes To Cardio.

If you were to ask any gym member how much weight they could handle for 6 reps in a basic lift, they could probably give you an accurate answer. If you were to ask them similar questions about cardio, they probably wouldn’t have an answer for you. [click to continue…]

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I was working out today, thinking about how I spend too much time in my gym! I see the same people every day, the same trainers, the same girls, etc. I like my gym, because it is in my comfort zone. I’ve trained there for over a year and I know where everything is. I get a great workout, but somehow I feel like I’m missing out on something.

Girl Running Outside

Do You Want to Look Back on Your Life and Think of all The Time You Spent in a Gym?

In my golden years, I guess I don’t want the majority of my memories to be telling some muscle-head to put his weights away. [click to continue…]

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Is Gaining Muscle Mass a Good Strategy for Fat Loss?

There is a huge myth going around that gaining muscle is the best way to burn body fat and stay lean in the long run. This is a really trendy thing to say right now. Go into almost any gym and you will hear a personal trainer tell their client “You have to work on building more muscle, because then your body will burn more calories each day…leading to fat loss”.

attractive body

(Just two attractive people to “draw you into” the article…”Read more so you can look like us!”…LOL!)
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Have You Ever Actually Tried to Workout by Jumping Rope?

Seriously…most people have just played around with a jump rope back in Elementary School. A lot of people think of jumping rope as more of a game or a kid’s toy…the ironic thing is that it is actually an extremely effective form of exercise.

Almost every person I know could easily walk at a brisk pace for 15 minutes, but I bet less than 1% of the population could jump rope for that long. [click to continue…]

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So…do I know David Beckham’s exact workout routine? No I don’t…but I’m convinced that he is very lean due to his sport. How many chubby football (soccer) players do you know? Well…every time I have watched the World Cup I have looked for someone out of shape, but I’ve never found anybody.

You can’t say the same for other sports. There are quite a few pudgy guys in professional baseball as well as American Football. [click to continue…]

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Many guys dread aerobic exercise. It isn’t as fun as lifting weights…plus many guys are afraid it is going to make them look like a marathon runner. I don’t want to blast marathon runners, but many of those guys are seriously lacking in muscle! I don’t like the bulky look, but the skeleton look isn’t so good either! Note: I’m not saying that marathon runners are sissies either…that is seriously a tough form of exercise!

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If you want to get ripped, you will lose SOME muscle…it really isn’t a big deal because 90% of men have plenty of muscle…they just need to get rid of a lot of fat. Don’t worry about losing a bit of muscle when you are in the fat burning mode. It is really easy to gain back once you burn off that excess body fat.

So How Do You Burn Off Fat Without Becoming a Complete Sissy in the Process?
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Finally a great video demonstration of the best way to get six pack abs! In this video Craig Ballantyne, author of Turbulence Training, demonstrates exercises known as “planks”. He explains why doing crunches is a waste of time.

I completely agree with Craig…I have done nothing but planks for over 5 years for my abs and they have never looked better! [click to continue…]

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Yep…your personal trainer is wrong. Seriously, you will experience a new level of muscle definition if you take the time to understand what causes muscle tone.

So What is The Cause of Muscle Tone? [click to continue…]

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