Cardio for Cardio? Or Fat Loss?

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DATE › January 19, 2010
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One of the questions we often get at IFAST is, “what do you do for cardio?”

It’s a great question, and it really depends on what the goals of the client are.

If your goal is to lose body fat, long duration, low-intensity cardio may not be the best option.  It can be used at certain times throughout the year, but it’s probably not optimal.  Especially if your goal is to lose weight or body fat fast.

However, this leads us to another question – what are you doing “cardio” for anyway?  Are you doing it for fat/weight loss?  Or do you actually need cardiovascular training/development?

Several clients who have come into the gym lately quite simply aren’t prepared for high-intensity interval workouts.  It could be due to low work capacity, high blood pressure, a high resting heart rate, etc., but all of these factors let us know that they need some cardiac development work first and foremost, before we get into the high-intensity methods.

The bottom line here is this:  When you say cardio, you need to clearly define what your goal of said cardio is.  From there, it’s much easier to develop a plan that will help you achieve that goal.

We look forward to hearing from you!