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The Aerobic Conspiracy

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I have written many posts on why I feel anaerobic training (interval cardio and weight training) is much better for fat loss than traditional cardio. I was recently sent an article from one of my bootcampers Ashley Benson that really did an awesome job explaining things.  The article was written by Phil Stevens http://www.staleytraining.com  I thought he did a great job not going off the deep end saying that there is no purpose for cardio, or people who train for marathons are idiots, because that is certainly not what I believe.

In his article he uses the phrase “‘thinner’, but actually getting fatter.”  Another term you might hear used is “Skinny fat,” this refers to someone who is classified as “normal healthy weight,” but when their bodyfat is taken, is way too high.  I began my personal training career in college and trained well over 100 college girls.  Most of these girls didn’t have a weight problem, but did have high levels of body fat.  This was due to their 4-10 hours of cardio that they did each week without proper nutrition and weight training.  Their body was eating itself up and lost the muscle tone they were coming to see me for.  Can you see the problem here?

Here is Phil’s article!

I recently read a post on World Fitness Network by Darrin that pretty much sums up the twisted misconception of the average person of aerobic vs. anaerobic fitness in the world today.

“If I were to say to a room full of average Americans, “I’ve run 4 times a week, every week, for the past 10 years, without an exception, even when I was sick,” I’d get most of the audience nodding their heads in appreciation and admiration. I’d probably even get some spontaneous applause and a few people would be so impressed they’d be speechless.

If instead, I said to that same room full of average Americans, “I’ve lifted weights 4 times a week, every week, for the past 10 years, without an exception, even when I was sick,” I’d get

– Blank stares (confusion)

– Frowns (disappointment)

– Shaking heads (how could he waste so much of his time?)

– Scoffs (“he must be so vain to be that focused on how he looks”)

– Etc.

You get the picture.” Read More