Embarking on a fitness journey is an evolving process, and there may be a need to rethink the strategies used to achieve your fitness goals along the way. . In this article, we’ll delve into common misconceptions about cardio and fat loss, shedding light on two key mistakes that can hinder progress. Let’s uncover the insights that can lead to more effective results and a smarter fitness regimen.
Mistake #1: Always performing “steady-state” low intensity cardio
This is a classic among gym goers whereby hours of low intensity cardiovascular work are done on machines such as the treadmill, cross trainer and stationary bike. With this type of cardiovascular work, your body reaches its maximum potential for adaptation within six to eight weeks.! Therefore, logic would dictate that if further results are desired, then something needs to change. At this stage, gym goers are recommended to move on to High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for more rapid fat loss results. If it isn’t working, fix it!
Mistake #2: Performing cardiovascular work before weight training
This is often a bone of contention amongst coaches however performing cardiovascular work before weight training is not optimal and in fact, it may be outright counter-productive. By emptying your glycogen stores via weight training, you are essentially priming the fat burning process in the cardio program that follows. In addition, performing cardio before strength training actually makes you weaker due to the drop in blood pH, therefore hampering your ability to recruit high threshold fibers. If in doubt, always question a trainer’s methodologies and even if not in doubt, ask yourself: “Is what I’m doing moving me closer to my goals?” If the answer is no, then something needs to change. It may be the style of training; it may be your diet. More often than not it’s a combination of the two. But don’t waste time plugging away at something that is not pushing you towards success. Train smart!