Yeah, you read that correctly. Get off the treadmill. No matter what your goal is, the absolute last thing you need is the treadmill. Now, before you get ready to meltdown, hear me out.
Everything you want to accomplish comes down to lean muscle mass.
You want to get stronger? You need denser lean muscle.
You want to tone and firm up? You need denser lean muscle.
You want to burn lots of fat? You need denser lean muscle.
You want to speed up your metabolism? You need denser lean muscle.
You want to improve your longevity? You need more lean muscle.
EVERYTHING comes down to your lean muscle mass.
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Most people do not realize this about traditional cardio activities. Just going to the gym and getting on the treadmill does not cut it for your workout.
"Okay Mitchell, then what should I be doing?"
Do I have the answer for you.
It is like night and day, right?
Knowing what you do now, it BEHOOVES you to do resistance training.
This all being said does traditional cardio have its purpose and place in a regimented training program? Certainly. However, so many people put it as the centerpiece.
If you do traditional cardio, as I tell all of my clients, it comes second to the resistance training you do. Also, do not do cardio immediately before your resistance workout. I see so many people doing cardio for 30 minutes or an hour before they try and do resistance workouts. This is improper for two reasons.
First of all, you are depleting your energy reserves and then cannot do as much in your resistance portion. A warmup should not last more than 10 minutes on traditional cardio. You can do 30 minutes or longer after you complete your resistance workout and have used as much energy as you can to build your muscle mass.
The second reason goes off of building your lean muscle. Remember that prolonged traditional cardio breaks down the muscle. If you do that before you try and build your muscle, you are effectively spinning your wheels and not progressing your lean muscle mass. If you do resistance training before traditional cardio, you can initiate building the muscle then achieve a larger metabolic burn on top of what you build.
Thus, for both of those reasons, resistance training is top priority to traditional cardio.
By implementing just the bit I have detailed above, you are going to be LIGHT YEARS ahead of millions of people. It is not incredibly difficult either. I feel that people are intimidated to workout properly because it seems daunting, But in actuality, once you understand the basics, it is almost too simple.
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