When you do cardio, the process doesn’t have to be hard and excruciating. If you familiarize yourself with how your body works, you can have a much more effective cardio workout. I know that when you read about cardio you’re not really enjoying it as it tends to be a long and dull process. So, in order to get you to do more effective cardio while at the same time lessening the effort you need to put in it, I have come up with two challenges.
First, to give you the necessary information about cardio, which we all know is vital to your fitness schedule, and second, to keep your attention throughout the presentation so that you may benefit from it. It usually doesn’t go down this way, but let’s give it a shot.
When you step inside any gym, you will realize one thing really quickly – nobody actually likes doing cardio. People like the last few seconds when they know they’re about to finish doing it, but not the entire thing. Can you blame them? Cardio is a long, dull process and it’s always done on the machine in the gym or even worse, on a machine at home – meaning you’re stuck there, you’re doing one repetitive but exhausting task over and over and it gets boring really soon.
However, people know that it’s the one thing keeping them lean, or the one thing they need to do to get lean, so they keep doing it. In order to lessen the pressure on everyone doing cardio, here is how to do the least amount of cardio while getting the best possible results.
Doing cardio finds its base on the presumption that as bodybuilders, we cycle everything such as carbohydrates, supplements, calories and even our training, cardio included. It’s an even more basic premise that when you do any activity, including cardio, for a longer amount of time, and you don’t change anything in the way you’re doing this activity, your body will build up to the level that it needs to have no trouble performing that activity and then it will stop improving. If your body is not presented with a challenge, it will no longer change and improve, meaning that if you train a lot, but you don’t change anything in your training, your body will not grow and simply will not get stronger. This is also true for cardio. When your entire body adapts to a certain degree of cardio, with a certain intensity, it will stop getting leaner and your progress will halt immediately.
To counter this effect, what most gym-goers will do is devise a primary amount of cardio workout to do per week, and then raise that amount of time as the number of calories they burn decreases. This is far from the most efficient way to remove excess fat but almost everyone uses it. When you work out with this philosophy in mind, your body will tend to adapt and become comfortable with a certain time, calorie limit, pattern or intensity of cardio and when it does that, it will stop progressing through to the next levels of those parameters. When you do anything concerning your body, whether it’s training or calorie consumption, you want to keep it under sufficient pressure that it constantly improves. You can do this by simply not doing anything for too long – keep your body guessing and it will get better over time!
When you cycle your cardio you are supposed to be rotating or switching up your cardio workout schedule after a careful consideration of how your body performed during the previous week. When you cycle your caloric output you have to take your weight changes into consideration as well as your energy levels and the performance of your legs while actually doing the cardio. Most people do caloric intake cycles almost constantly, so why wouldn’t you do caloric output cycles as well?
The approach to doing effective cardio is very simple, but let’s set an example to see how it would go in practicality. Say that you plan on doing 45 minutes of cardio on six out of seven days in the week. You do the cardio for the first two days and you realize that you’ve already taken off two pounds of weight and that you feel more energetic than ever. You aren’t tired and you’re not experiencing any hunger pangs. That week you would want to drop three pounds so you decide to do cardio once more and then take a day off to see how the progress is going. After that one day and the pause, your weight is reduced by three pounds from your starting weight. In four days you have achieved your goal for the week!
When you get to that point, you just switch up your cardio plan for the rest of the week, doing just one more session of cardio to maintain your weight loss. You really don’t need to do any more. When you do cardio, you want to do it for the shortest possible amount of time with the greatest possible effect. The less you work out the smaller the toll it takes on your body will be, but you will also have a lessened chance of overtraining and a smaller chance of negative effect on your leg condition and size. There is absolutely nothing more disappointing than doing all that work, getting lean and finding out that your legs now look like you never put any effort in them.
When you do this cardio cycling approach, you have to monitor how your body is reacting to your stimuli and make sure that you’re adapting your plan accordingly and with the achieved results in mind. I bet you’ve seen people who ignore this approach and just keep pounding away on the bike after losing the initial three pounds for that week by the middle of it. Those people are continuously disappointed with the way their legs look, but they find some relief in the fact that instead of three, they have now lost five pounds. What I’m saying is, set a plan, but don’t set it in stone – you should be able to alter your plan at any time so that it will go hand in hand with your goals.
When you don’t do cardio for a while and then start doing it again, your body will take that fresh new stimulus and it turns it into a more effective use of time and effort, making your calorie burn much greater, which means you get leaner much faster. The entire point of working out is to present a change to your body, to keep it guessing and make it respond by growing and getting better to complete the challenge you present it. When you want to get lean, you want to keep in mind that your body won’t follow your instructions if you force it to, such as the example that we talked about when the people lose five instead of three pounds, but also have their legs look exhausted afterwards. Your body will only become better if you manipulate it into being better and losing excess fat. You can’t force your body, you can only coerce it into doing what you want.
Nobody enjoys cardio, we know that. However, it’s very important if you want to progress and achieve your goals. Cycling your cardio will let you reach all your goals and fulfill your dreams without working incredibly hard throughout the week. It will help you become leaner when you do it at the same time as a well-planned diet, but it will also help you recover and grow when you’re in the off season too.
When you keep the amount of performed cardio down, you will boost the effectiveness of the cardio that you actually do, and your body will not feel constantly tired. If your body is constantly overworked, it will start having a look that says you’re over-dieted. You do need to work hard, but working hard without working smart will have devastating results 100% of the time. All you have to do is modify your plan and monitor your body’s activity as the week goes by. Make sure that you’re traversing a steady course, and the minute that changes, alter your plan and make your body adapt to a completely new situation.