Archive for the ‘Cardio Training’ Category

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.

July 26th, 2009

Intensity or Insanity? How Much Training Effort is Enough?

QUESTION: Tom, do you think that the intensity of your workout is”THE THING” that gives you results or is it more about being consistent with your workouts?The reason I ask is because I’m following your Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle nutrition program and I also just got a new high-intensity workout program called the Insanity series. I like doing these workouts, but I’m having a hard time pushing myself that hard every day and I’m finding now that I’m starting to dread doing them. I have been doing these workouts only 2-3 times per week instead of the 5 times per week that is recommended in the program. This workout brings me to my knees. I’ve started questioning myself and wondering if it’s even worth the torture. – Paul

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.

April 16th, 2007

“STOP DOING CARDIO???”

Stop doing cardio??? Yup… That’s what “the experts”are telling us now – on national TV no less. Can you believe this drivel? Who would have ever thought the day would come when “exercise professionals” would tell us to stop exercising? First was the down sizing of exercise… 8 minutes in the a.m., the 4 minute circuit, 30 second abs, 6 SECOND abs… heck, what else was left? STOP EXERCISING! But of course…