I flunked cardio. Back when I was kid in P.E. I had a recurring real life nightmare. Every day when we got to class, we all had to run a mile. Every day I would come in dead last. The worst part was that I was doing everything I could think of to keep up.
I pushed my self as hard as I could. I carried a stopwatch to see if I could improve my time even if I stayed in last place. I tried to pace myself at the beginning of the run to see if I could last longer before resorting to the humiliation of walking. To this day, I am still burned up about the fact that none of my P.E. teachers ever had any advice for how I could get better at running than, “Keep going,” and , “Push harder.”
That probably explains why I get so upset when I hear group exercise leaders shouting the same words at their students today. The truth is that many training professionals now know better than to ask people to just keep going. Rest pause, interval training, and tempo training are now accepted techniques for improving stamina and speed, but when it comes to weight loss, many trainers and group exercise leaders are still using steady state discomfort level cardio because it burns more calories during the session than weight lifting or rest based training.
The trouble with this kind of exercise is that it can burn muscle and increase appetite in susceptible individuals like me. Many of my clients agree that their weight struggles worsened when they tried to do more treadmill, elliptical, or aerobic dance workouts. Here is my challenge to you: if you have truly committed to a cardio based program for one full year without getting the results you want, contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a sample 2 week training program with what I call the “Big Five.” These are the essential lifts for women who are starting weight training.
If you want a personalized six week program, the cost is just $50. Simply put “Personalized Program,” in the subject line, and we swill set up a consultation by phone, Skype, or Face Time.
If cardio isn’t working for you, it’s time to learn something new in the world of training for personal development.
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