The Cardio Strategy That Will Help You Get Lean
I know you’ve heard these types of statements.
“Interval training is 9 times better for burning body fat than cardio”!
“Cardio is a waste of time, getting lean is all about diet”.
“Intense exercise burns the majority of the calories after you get done exercising”.
These statement are all false or at best, extremely misleading. There aren’t many of us who defend cardio these days. We stick out among the majority who believe cardio is a waste of time.
Let me ask you a question? It is more of a scenario actually.
If you are training as intensely as possible, if your calories are as low as they can go and you are stuck with 5-10 more pounds of fat to lose?
What do you do? What is the solution? How will you hit your goal?
More intense exercise – you can only add so much intense exercise before you become seriously over-trained.
Lower Calories – at some point you really can’t get any lower…it becomes starvation.
This is where cardio becomes an extremely valuable tool. I’m not saying it has to be your #1 priority when getting lean.
Get your diet dialed in, do HIIT style workouts, try to burn a lot of calories in your workouts, then when you hit a sticking point add in cardio for 6-8 weeks to burn off that last bit of stubborn body fat.
It is true that some people don’t need cardio to get lean. There are always exceptions to the rule. Some people are just gifted “freaks of nature”.
The irony about the whole cardio debate is that people have used it for years to get ripped. True, there are legions of people who use cardio improperly, but that doesn’t mean it is a bad tool for getting lean. There are always people who mess things up.