Article and video by Jeff Cavaliere MSPT, CSCS
Mention the word cardio and immediately you think of traditional, long distance walking on a treadmill or pounding away on the elliptical machine. The problem is, these are far from the best cardio for fat loss. In fact, I call this type of cardio training the road to nowhere.
Cardio machines aren’t even the most effective way for total calorie burn when trying to lose fat. When your goal is losing fat you need to try to involve as many muscles together as you can in your workouts. This has the effect of achieving more total work which leads to more total calories burned. Not to mention, you can preserve muscle mass that you normally sacrifice with nothing but long distance cardio.
As you will see in this video, while running on a treadmill at a steady pace for 40, 50 or even 60 minutes may burn the highest percentage of fat for fuel, it will not burn the highest amount of fat (especially when compared to higher intensity training)!
For example, 40 minutes of walking on a treadmill will burn approximately 250 calories. 50% of these calories will be from fat...or 125. On the other hand, if you were to perform ATHLEAN BURST training (High Intensity Training) for just half the time, you would be able to burn about 380 calories, of which 35% of them would be from fat. Do the math and you wind up burning 133 calories from fat energy sources.
So you can burn more overall fat calories in half the amount of time by switching to the right form of cardio!
This is just one part of what makes the ATHLEAN-X program so successful! When you combine efficient athletic based strength training with just the right amount of conditioning to spark fat loss while still preserving muscle you get the ultimate benefits of both! It's time to start your ATHLEAN body transformation today. You can get started HERE
For more strength and conditioning workouts to get you training like an athlete check out Jeff's youtube channel HERE
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