Cardio: How to Do It Right
One of the biggest misconceptions in the fitness industry that running, stairs, cycling, swimming, elliptical, and such is cardio.
There is some truth to it as if you dig deep enough in the body the sarcomeres (muscle fibers) do experience some aerobic stress. But I don’t like the term cardio, and for those who know me, you guys know that I am a stickler when it comes to terminology of defining movements and the true, medical term for cardio means heart, not running, or cycling, or stairs, or swimming. So, by this definition alone when your heart stops working then you go into anaerobic exercise. Guess what else happens when your heart stops?
So, for arguments sake and the purpose of this blog let’s just call this “cardio” and you’ll see why in a bit. The public has, as I had said earlier, associated cardio incorrectly and this misconception to the public solely falls on the trainer’s lap. No one else. In this blog post I am going to give you guys three of my favourite “cardio” alternatives that will give you the exact same result as hopping on the treadmill.
Tip #1. Escalating Density Training (EDT)
This is an intense workout that will leave you in a puddle of sweat and your muscles burning like crazy. It is based of finding one or two muscles per workout session and doing as many repetitions in 15 minutes without stopping, the next week your goal would be to increase the repetition by 20%, if you reach that the following week you keep that rep number and increase your time by 5%, and if you reach that, then increase your reps by 20%, and so on and so on for 8 weeks. This is an amazing way to increase the amount of endurance for your muscles and some amazing strength. It is not a fun or easy workout. Whenever I do this training, I am cursing myself for ever coming across it.
Tip #2: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
When done properly and with a qualified trainer this is an amazing tool to get soaking wet in sweat and get an amazing workout while doing so. The basis of this modality behind HIIT is simple you just go until the time (usually 30 sec to a minute) runs out, no counting, just go and there is a couple of other movements that are adjoined with the first one. Now a word of caution, this is a very effective way of training but you could hurt yourself very badly if you are not careful or you have a trainer that is too busy on their phone or socializing with other people than paying attention to the group. So use this with caution, but it is worth looking into.
Tip #3: Shameless plug: Kettle bell training
This low cost yet extremely tool can transform you in ways that you could never image. With a series of swing, cleans, presses, pulls, and snatches you can not only change your body but also the way you look at cardio training. Trust me this training can and will get your heart pumping. And the best part, here comes the shameless plug, we offer virtual kettlebell classes that push you to your most uncomfortable places when it comes to fitness. We do this in order so you can build the confidence in yourself and that you can beat that little voice in your head that is telling you that you can’t.
As you can see when you use the term cardio, it can and does mean a lot more than what the run of mill trainer says it can be. As proof I would like to end this blog post with a very quick, three sentence true story. I had a client that when she came to me, she weighed in at 250 lbs. she was 5’ 5”. In a year of training with my kettlebell class she dropped a whopping 100 lbs.!!! She gained a ton of confidence in herself and she found herself a boyfriend and saw the beauty that was truly herself. That is what we strive for. You have beauty inside yourself, a restless strength. You just need a small push to see it come out. So, let us help you, sign up for our virtual kettlebell class and start your amazing life as it was meant to be. On your own terms.
Do It Right