Archive for the ‘Cardio Training’ Category

July 31st, 2014

8 Reasons Your Cardio Workouts Aren’t Working

So, you’ve started doing cardio to burn fat and get in shape. Perhaps you’ve started running every morning or taking a walk on your lunch break. Or maybe you began using the elliptical, stairclimber, or rower at the gym. Maybe you’ve joined a class. But no matter what kind of cardio you do, you’re not seeing the results you want, and you’re not sure why. Well, here are eight of the most common reasons why your cardio workouts may not be working and what you should do about it.

June 16th, 2013

The Doctor Says, Running Will KILL You

Running can kill you! Or so say the latest round of anti cardio articles. It started (again) late last year with the much-publicized mainstream reports of a study which warned about possible heart damage from too much prolonged endurance training (such as hours of running at a time).  Since, then, I’ve seen the blog-o-sphere ramp up with more and more anti-running and anti-cardio articles. A diet guru says running is bad for you and you should never do it. A medical doctor (another one) says marathon runners are going to drop dead of heart attacks, and a strength coach slams cardio, saying lifting weights and a little bit of sprint or burst training is all anyone should ever do. What a bunch of clowns….

March 1st, 2013

Eat More, Burn More: The Physique Athlete’s Method To Maximum Fat Loss

Physique athletes (bodybuilding, fitness, fitness model, figure and bikini competitors) eat and train differently. In fact, a lot of what they do to develop the leanest, most muscular, most aesthetically pleasing bodies in the world is the exact opposite of how most people do it.  For more than 20 years (more than 10 years online), I’ve been teaching men and women the physique athlete (bodybuilder’s) method to fat loss. I often sum it up as “eat more, burn more.”  The “burn more” part includes cardio, and in today’s post, I take a reader question that clears up the misconceptions about the role of cardio, what this philosophy means and how it’s possible that you can eat more and get leaner and more muscular doing it…

December 25th, 2012

Aerobic vs Weight Training: Which is Better For Fat Loss (The Duke Study – Was it Wrong?)

A recent study from Duke University comparing aerobic versus weight training to see which is better for fat loss was one of the most publicized studies of the year. My in-box was bursting with emails from Burn the Fat readers sending me links from news websites, and asking me, “What do you think of this Tom? Should I stop lifting weights and focus on aerobics until I get the fat off?”  I think the researchers missed the mark when they concluded that “Aerobic exercise is better” … Read on to find out why and see what the top trainers, best bodybuilders and hottest fitness models in the world really say is the  best way to burn fat the fastest…

August 9th, 2012

Move a Little, Lose a Lot (My NEAT Step Experiment, Part 3)

Is burning fat and keeping it off as simple as moving more? Is the solution to the entire obesity crisis getting off our butts? Well, yes and no. Yes, moving more is part of the answer. But no, moving more is not “the one magic thing” by itself. Burning more is only one side of the energy balance  equation. More exercise will help, but it will never be a crutch for poor nutrition. For guaranteed results, we need to work on both sides of the equation – eat right AND move more.  But there’s one huge part of burning more that most people ignore…

August 3rd, 2012

Fit Bit Pedometer Review (My NEAT Step Experiment Pt 2) Update June 2013

“Sitting too much  could kill you!” Alarming headlines this past month once again scared health conscious readers as journalists reported another new study showing a correlation between sitting time and mortality. Of course, just because you work a desk job doesn’t mean you are going to keel over dead tomorrow if you don’t change careers to something on your feet and more physical… say, lumberjack… or postal delivery person, for example. However, the data is real – and it’s clear: For people who continue with their desk potato ways and do not at least counterbalance it with more walking and physical activity, their risk of getting sick, weak and fat in the coming years really does go up. Fortunately, as I mentioned in part 1 and in previous articles, there are some neat little gadgets that might help motivate you to get off your butt and walk more. Today I review the Fit Bit…

June 30th, 2012

ME? A Couch Potato? (My N.E.A.T. Step Experiment Part 1)

Finally, I bought a Fitbit. I say finally because I’d been hearing about the FitBit (and similar activitiy tracking devices like the BodyBugg) from my friends, readers and Inner Circle members for the past few years. My curiosity was eventually piqued enough to spring for the $99 bucks and try it out myself.

July 1st, 2011

Why Cardio Doesn’t Work For Some People: A NEAT Explanation

At the Burn the Fat Inner Circle member forums earlier this week, I got a question which comes up with alarming frequency: “Why isn’t my cardio working?”  Despite not only doing regular cardio for weeks, but actually increasing the duration of her workouts, she still saw no added fat loss and started wondering what she was doing wrong… or what was wrong with her!  I gave her the surprisingly simple answer, which I’ve printed for you as well in today’s blog and new research has added even more to the answer – it’s a NEAT explanation…

April 11th, 2011

Can Too Much Cardio Decrease Your Metabolism?

Adding more cardio to your exercise regimen will only help increase your fat loss right? If all else remains equal, the answer is usually yes: more calories burned = bigger calorie deficit = more fat loss. However, if you go overboard with your cardio, could the excessive training volume actually backfire on you and decrease your metabolism? If so, how do you avoid this? How much cardio is too much? What is the ideal way to balance between calories eaten and calories burned? Find out in today’s post!

June 4th, 2010

How to Get a Body Like a Movie Star This Summer

Summer is here in the New Jersey / New York City Metro area. It has been a hot one so far, since Memorial Day through this first week of June – beautiful sunny skies and temps from 80 to the low 90’s. That of course, means a lot less clothes… People are baring their bodies everywhere here, at least most people. Some folks didn’t quite achieve that “summer bod” in time for summer… but it’s never too late. In fact, our Burn the Fat summer body transformation challenge just kicked off last week with thousands of people vying for the Burn the Fat champion title, and a movie star / fitness model body before the end of the summer…