Archive for the ‘Cardio Training’ Category

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…

April 16th, 2010

Practical High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

High intensity interval training, also known as HIIT, has become immensely popular in the last decade. HIIT involves alternating brief bursts of very high intensity exercise (work intervals) with brief segments of lower intensity exercise (recovery intervals). One problem with some types of HIIT is that they call for such high intensity bursts – literally all out sprints – that they’re not practical for everyone, and possibly not even safe for older or overweight individuals. A study out of McMaster University has tested a protocol for HIIT that produces impressive results in a short period of time without the need for “all-out” sprints…

April 6th, 2010

An Insanely Effective Type of Interval Training

High intensity interval training (aka, HIIT),  can be done in a variety of different ways. Here’s a wickedly-effective type of interval training: it requires no machines or fancy equipment, you can do it outside in the sunshine and fresh air, it develops killer conditioning, carves out legs like a sprinter, and burns calories at an accelerated rate…

March 28th, 2010

The Doctor Says,”Aerobics Will Kill You!”

I got an email today from a reader who was told by a fairly prominent doctor/author that aerobics and running will “kill you” (that was more or less the gist of it). As a result, you should avoid aerobics like the plague, says this MD. Since I’ve tolerated enough “steady state cardio is dead” and “aerobics doesn’t work” nonsense over the last few years, despite the success stories I keep churning out that clearly show otherwise, (not to mention my own bodybuilding success, which includes regular cardio), I thought I should not only answer my reader, but also make this the topic for today’s blog to share with all of our readers. Here’s the “killer cardio” question and my response:

August 13th, 2009

“Exercise Won’t Make You Thin” (Why Time Magazine Owes the Fitness Industry a Big Fat Apology)

At first I was tempted to title this article, “why John Cloud and the editors of Time magazine are idiots.” But then I thought that might be a bit harsh and decided to simply call for an apology and a correction for all the errors they made in last week’s article, Why exercise won’t make you thin.

September 5th, 2008

Basketball For Fat Loss?

QUESTION: Hi Tom. I have asked several other experts about thisand so far no one seems to give me an EXACT answer. Some trainers tell me I have to go steady and nonstop for 30 minutes straight or more to burn fat. Others tell me I have to do intervals and they have to be in a certain ratio of sprint to recovery. I’m getting tired of my cardio ritual and would like a change. I love basketball. I could play for an hour and enjoy everyminute of it, and I FEEL like i’m getting a good workout doing it. But is it really the same as something like a good run? Thank you,Dan

May 9th, 2008

Will They Recognize You In Your New Body?

You’ve probably seen your share of before and after success stories and fat loss transformations lately. In my position, I get to see a lot of them. Every once in a while though, a “before and after” success story really reaches out and grabs me by the eyeballs because a person transforms their body and there is a unique and inspiring twist to the story. This is one of them. This one you’ve gotta see and read… “From Fat to Fit to IRONFIT”…

April 25th, 2008

2 Cardio Mistakes You’re Probably STILL Making

Last week’s post about high intensity interval training versus steady state training produced more emails, blog comments and web hits than any newsletter so far this year. Obviously, there is a lot of interest in cardio training and how to do it right. Sadly, most people are still doing 2 things terribly wrong and it’s killing their results…

April 12th, 2008

Burn 9 Times More Fat With This Cardio Workout?

High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT for short, has been promoted as one of the most effective training methods ever to come down the pike, both for fat loss and for cardiovascular fitness. One of the most popular claims for HIIT is that it burns “9 times more fat” than conventional (steady state) cardio. This figure was extracted from a study performed by Angelo Tremblay at Laval University in 1994. But what if I told you that HIIT has never been proven to be 9 times more effective than regular cardio… What if I told you that the same study actually shows that HIIT is 5 times less effective than steady state cardio??? Read on and see the proof for yourself.