Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Cardio Junky Jones

"Cardio" Junky?  Jones? 
(We add "Jones" to the end of just about everything now... try it, its fun...)

  • If you're training for a specific endurance based event... awesome! Love when people train for something specific.  A few things to consider though.
    • Just like deadlifting... running can be the best exercise in the world, or the worst, depending on how you do it.   
    • Key take away
      • Find someone that will help you learn to run/move properly FIRST before performing thousands of plyometric reps with awful to semi-awful form.  Give those precious knees a rest, let the hips do their job.
  • If one of the main reasons for said endurance training/event is to lose weight/fat and get a better body... there are more efficient ways of doing so.  
    • Your time would be better spent...
    • THEN add in controlled increments of conditioning to enhance fat loss. 

Strength Glass Reference - Via Dan John via Bret Jones
"As I tell everyone, after I heard Brett Jones say it, absolute strength is the glass. Everything else is what you can put in the glass. If you have a thimble of strength, you can’t make a single bad nutritional choice to stay ahead of fat gain. If you have a barrel of strength, you can make a few more mistakes!"

Also, worth a reminder / re-read... Women Running Into Trouble

Teach/Train your body what you want it to do.

  • If you teach it to withstand extremely long bouts of cardio, its going to learn how to withstand extremely long bouts of cardio... 
  • The initial addition of "cardio" into your routine may result in a little bit of weight/fat loss, however over time the body will adapt and respond with hormonal/thyroid changes to prevent the weight/fat loss... so ultimately that cardio may be working against your goal!

UPDATE 10.11.12

I received a comment about the Marathoner/Sprinter picture included in this article, so I thought it warranted a clarification. The picture was meant to imply body type and efficiency to get to a desired body type only.  It shows that a sprinter running 100 meters at a time could have as lean as a frame as a marathoner running 80+ miles per week. This indicates that other factors are involved in the body type besides the sport (genetics, nutrition, stress, recovery, etc). You don't need to spend hours per day doing cardio to work toward a desired body type, but if you want to run hours because you enjoy competing in it or you get some type of release, that's a different story.

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