Can A Weight Lifter Burn Muscle Mass With Aerobics?

By: Francesco A. Castano

A large number of bodybuilders are confused regarding aerobic activity, with some believing that such effort is helpful in controlling body fat, while others embracing the concept that aerobic exercise can burn muscle mass, or prevent further muscle building. The latter group's concern has forced many bodybuilders to abandon cardiovascular activity during muscle building periods, and even shy away from aerobic exercise when fat loss is the primary focus, but for many, the question remains as to whether the cardiovascular activity hysteria is well founded, or if this notion is rather a part of weight lifting mythology.

Most bodybuilders understand the positive impact of aerobic activity in fat burning, but the concern mounts when contemplating the impact on muscle mass, and this idea has forced certain bodybuilders to replace moderately intense cardiovascular sessions with power walking, believing that this type of activity is sufficiently intense to burn fat, but beneath the output necessary for muscle loss. I occasionally try to determine exactly where these notions originate, and a collection of weight lifters may have potentially felt so attracted to the concept of adopting less effort (which is the case when comparing power walking to more intense forms of cardiovascular exercise), that they began promoting this rather foolish concept, or, alternatively, a collection of advertisers may have felt that they could design a particular physical fitness plan filled with attractive information, namely an easy to follow routine that will encourage readers to sign up due to amazingly effortless promises. Of course, such ideas have repeatedly proven themselves to be abysmal failures, offering horrid results. Yet, what bodybuilder does not enjoy the thought of suppressing effort and achieving improved progress? Taking this idea one step further, do you know of any bodybuilder who would reject an excuse to eliminate cardiovascular exercise completely if he or she were convinced that doing so was helpful to muscle gains?

Yes, evil aerobics sounds appealing to a bodybuilder who is searching for less effort, and advertising is an industry where the senses are attacked to the point of emotional purchase, but the virtues taught decades ago are never replaced by modern advertising slogans, despite the effort of many exercise entrepreneurs. The truth is, making aerobics seem wasteful is an excellent method at encouraging a bodybuilder to purchase a particular fat loss and muscle building system, because every one of us feels a sense of curiosity towards the idea of more couch time producing superior progress, but this particular gimmick does not translate into real world results. Wherever the concept originated, advertisers have used the "cardio risks muscle" notion to market their own products, despite the fact that cardiovascular activity is not only effective in reducing body fat when executed correctly and consistently, but is not a hindrance to muscle gain.

All bodybuilders realize that a physique will deteriorate in overall impressiveness as body fat levels begin to increase, and conversely, will improve extraordinarily as body fat percentage declines. Therefore, any body fat control concept should be integrated consistently in order for the most dramatic weight lifting results, and if cardiovascular activity is in fact a potent fat control mechanism, then it behooves all who search for the best possible bodybuilding results to implement cardiovascular activity into their daily workout plan.

The only exception to this rule is if a bodybuilder is primarily seeking muscle gain, and due to a hectic schedule or an emotional inability to accept additional workout time, he or she feels simply unable to maintain maximum intensity during weight training workouts when cardiovascular activity is an added inconvenience; in such a situation, aerobics can be saved for fat loss periods only, when weight training workout volume decreases. But for those who have the time to perform consistent cardiovascular activity, integrating aerobics throughout the week is prudent, even during muscle building phases, as the less fat that is produced during muscle gain, the more focus can be sustained on achieving new muscle growth, and the greater definition a bodybuilder will display throughout the year.

So, despite the skeptics and advertising mavins who may claim differing theories, cardiovascular activity is helpful in controlling body fat percentage, will not risk muscle when following a potent diet plan and weight training workout routine, and will enhance metabolic rate so that body fat percentage can remain reasonable at all times. If you are seeking maximum bodybuilding results, then consider cardiovascular exercise to be your trusty fat burning companion.

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