Do You Actually Need "Cardio" Exercises?

By: Andrew L. Walker


Do you actually need cardiovascular exercises to get thin and in a fit condition? By the way, you can see in just a moment that I'm really not "anti-cardio", simply "anti conventional cardio exercise".

Many fitness buffs, weekend warriors, or anybody looking for ways to physically fit or drop excess body fat, consider this an undeniable fact that they will absolutely need "cardio" exercising to complete these objectives. These people would probably never even debate it.

However, I am not just questioning it, I am going to refute doing it! Actually, you might be surprised to discover that many of the leanest and meanest men and women I know NEVER execute any type of common or traditional cardiovascular exercises. Not to mention I've spent around 10 years working out in several fitness centers, and hanging out with athletes of all kinds, therefore I have seen everything.

Let me say that there can be a place for low-moderate level cardio for extremely heavy persons, but even in all those cases, there are more effective strategies.

But what on earth is "cardio"?

Most people would think about cardio to be pumping away mindlessly on a fitness treadmill machine, riding a fixed bicycle, or coasting on an elliptical exercise machine, and paying attention to the TV monitor at their state of the art gym. This is what I consider "conventional cardio". Well, not surprising the majority of people get bored utilizing their workouts and give up right after a few months without noticing final results.

But if you look closer, "cardio" exercise can be regarded as any kind of physical exercise or actions that tones up the cardio system. I'm not really getting straight into something complex much like improving your VO2 max or anything like that. To maintain it rather simple, whether it can get your heart pumpin, and gets you huffin and puffin, it is cardio workout. I don't really care if you are holding weight loads or perhaps a barbell and everyone names it a weight training workout...it is still strengthening your cardiovascular system.

Let us take a short look at a few examples. Take a barbell (or dumbbell, or kettlebell) clean & press as an example, that requires raising a barbell from the ground up to shoulders, next push pressing overhead. And also hear this girls, because although this is normally looked at being a manly exercise, it doesn't matter if you are not raising 250 pounds; if 45 pounds can be challenging to you, then you will still benefit equally as much.

In the beginning, the majority of people consider the barbell C&P only as a weight training workout or strength exercise. Even so, I challenge you to perform a difficult set of around 10-15 reps on the C&P. When you used a difficult enough mass, what you may see is your heart beat is probably up to close to 80-90% of the recommended maximum, and you will be huffing and puffing like you just ran a 100-meter sprint (which that brings to mind, running kicks the crap out of jogging any day if you wish the simplest way of burning the flab).

Experiment the exact same thing for a group of 20 repetitions of one-arm snatches or swings using each arm with a kettlebell or dumbbell, and say to me your legs aren't burning up, heart beating faster, and you're gasping for air. How about trying out 5 minutes straight of body-weight squats, lunges, and pushups with hardly any rest. Again, notice your heart fast beating, perspiration flowing off of you, and chest heaving for breaths! Now you have an effective strategy on how to get six pack abs and strengthen the body and cardiovascular system.

Try and tell me you are not conditioning your heart with this particular kind of training! Typical thinking suggests that these are usually weight training or strength training physical exercises. Still, they're fulfilling your cardiovascular workout requirements as well helping you save time!.

Not only you are saving time, but you strengthen and condition just about every muscle in your entire body with these complete workouts if you are doing them with the right amount of severity...something that cannot be stated for that dull and boring fixed bicycle ride or even home treadmill jaunt while studying or watching television.

Reading or watching television when you workout is a joke!

Most certainly, if you can read or watch TV while executing any workout, you just aren't concentrating enough on whatever you might be carrying out, in addition you are most probably not working out hard enough to experience any realistic final results.

I encourage you to give the "common cardio" a rest for one month or 2, and begin working out the right way and discover how you will start getting slimmer, more defined, along with your hard six pack beginning to show through what was previously stubborn belly fat stores.

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