I harp on this topic a lot and I apologize if it gets old! But this is one of my BIG points regarding exercise that I want to ingrain into your head about cardio. You DON’T and SHOULDN’T do long distance cardio if your goal is fat loss. If you want to run a marathon for the challenge, the endorphins and the goal, by all means do it! I am also not saying that everyone who runs long distance is overweight, there are many thin runners as well. As a society that doesn’t exercise enough I have a hard time telling people not to do standard cardio, don’t get me wrong any movement is better than NO movement!
But there are millions of people out there, pounding the pavement in misery because they have been led to believe that this is THE BEST way to lose fat. Unfortunately the research and evidence that I have seen by countless clients is that they are actually running into more fat! Even if long distance runners aren’t overweight, many (who don’t do some weight training and core training) are very frail and weak because the body eats the muscle away to use for energy.
I have talked a few times about a far more effective type of training that burns fat up to 9 times faster than the steady state cardio. I attribute this type of training as one of the biggest factors in getting the results and reputation I have gotten the past couple years. Keep in mind, most people coming to my Fit Fun Bootcamps and MamaTone are people who already exercise and are frustrated with their results or lack there of. I also get a lot of clients who are just looking for something different that is fun and new! Just think how much more challenging it is to get someone results who is already extremely active compared to someone who has been sedentary, but these are the results that we get!
A guy that I follow and have lots of respect for is Dr. Pompa out of Philadelphia. He specializes in helping those who are weight loss resistant. I have found that about 80% of those who come to see me who are overweight or obese, I am able to help. Another 5% don’t listen to what I say, and the other 15% seem to be doing everything right and still not getting results. It is very frustrating for me as well as the client. These types of challenges keep me up at night. Dr. Pompa has some interesting things that he does and he believes many of the problems are due to poor hormonal communication or too many toxins, both biotoxins and metallic toxins. I encourage you to check his research out.
Anyways back to the topic. In this 10 minute video Dr. Pompa explains very well the point I was just making about why you should do interval training over standard cardio.
Besides the great weight loss effects, this style of training will greatly improve your 5K run times. I have never met a bootcamper who hasn’t shattered their records from months or years prior by adding this type of training. It will blow you away!