Monday, July 18, 2011

A little cardio

Today was my first day back to doing cardio in 5 weeks, and WOW I thought I was going to have a heart attack! I have been focusing on building muscle and lifting heavy, and now that my vacation is getting pretty close I decided it was time to throw cardio back into my routine. I will continue my same lifting splits, and will continue lifting heavy in the 6-8 reps range to continue building, but will add in HIIT 3x per week for the next couple weeks. Not familiar with HIIT? Here's some background info:

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training- so you're basically doing short bursts of cardio followed by recovery, then another burst and so on.  After lots of research, I have found this is one of the better ways to perform your cardio, and it usually yields the most fat burn. In addition to increasing your aerobic and anaerobic endurance, HIIT also speeds up your metabolism, which ultimately causes you to burn more calories throughout the day. Another benefit is by doing HIIT instead of a steady pace for a longer time, you are preserving your hard earned muscle! Make sure especially on days you do cardio, you are drinking your BCAA's... I like to do them before, during and after-- this will help preserve your muslce as well. There are tons of different ways to do HIIT- treadmill, bike, stairs, etc. After abs today, I jumped on one of the spin bikes and did 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off for 12 minutes. Although I felt like my heart was about to jump out of my chest, it felt great to accomplish- not to mention 12 minutes and you're done! I have admitted before, I used to be stuck on the cardio machines for miles upon miles, and let me tell you that is BORING and does not yield the same results as HIIT. You have to do what works for you, but I really encourage you to try this out and see how you like it! Oh, and if you haven't already, make sure you like my facebook page.. just click here :)

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