Here in the Burn The Fat Cardio Training department, you will find real answers to real questions submitted from Inner Circle members on the topics of exercise questions and general training program questions.
Nearly all of these columns are Inner Circle members-only exclusives which cannot be found on any other website. Almost every column is written by Tom personally. Tom is well-known for the way he answers questions and writes articles with more specifics and details than any other diet or fitness column in the world. You will not find more thorough answers to your most pressing questions - anywhere!
Should You Do Your Cardio Before Or After Weight Training?
What should come first, the cardio or the weights? This one makes the list of the most frequently asked training questions of all time. But when it comes to cardio, is timing really everything or are there more important things to worry about first? Read on to discover the 5 most vital factors for cardio timing...
Body Weight Burn: 7-Minute Circuit Fat Loss Cardio
Some people simply do not enjoy doing cardio on machines like treadmills, bicycles, ellipticals and stairmasters. Others don't own any cardio equipment at home and they do not want to join a gym. In either case, this is where bodyweight cardio comes to the rescue...
A New Model for Practical and Effective Interval Training: All-Out Sprints vs Hard Intervals (The 10 X 10 HIIT Method)
High intensity interval training (HIIT), has become immensely popular in the last decade. HIIT involves alternating brief bursts of very high intensity exercise (work intervals) with brief segments of lower intensity exercise (recovery intervals). One problem with some types of HIIT is that they call for extremely intense bursts - literally all out sprints - that are not practical for everyone, and possibly not even safe for some individuals. A recent study has tested a protocol for HIIT that produces impressive results in a short period of time without the need for all-out exertion…
4 X 4 Norwegian High Intensity Interval Training
Most people already know that high intensity interval training (HITT) is a legitimate way to get more results from your cardio in less time. What most people don't know is how many different types of HIIT there are. Recent research revealed that the 4 X 4 "Norwegian" HIIT method can be just as effective as the standard 1 minute intervals... if you are up for a real challenge...
Should You Add Calories Burned From Cardio Back In To The Food You Eat?
After you've calculated your calories for the day, should you add the calories you burn from cardio back on top of that number? What if you do more cardio than usual? Does that allow you to eat more that day? Almost everyone pursuing fat loss goals has wondered about these things at one time or another and the answers are explained in today's Burn the Fat Q & A
The Truth About High-Intensity Interval Training: Does HIIT REALLY Burn 9X More Fat?
High Intensity Interval Training, (HIIT), has been promoted as one of the most effective training methods ever to come down the pike, both for fat loss and for cardiovascular fitness. One of the most popular claims for HIIT is that it burns "9 times more fat" than conventional (steady state) cardio. This figure was taken from a study performed by Angelo Tremblay at Laval University in 1994. But what if I told you that HIIT has never been proven 9 times more effective than regular cardio… What if I told you that the same study actually shows that HIIT is 5 times less effective than steady state cardio? Read on and see the proof for yourself.
The Great Cardio Debate: HIIT Versus LISS
Ah, the great cardio debate: longer sessions of low intensity steady state cardio (LISS) versus shorter sessions of high-intensity interval training (HITT). Which is better? The experts have been battling on this one for years and still are! When you want nothing but weight loss, that's one thing, but when you want to retain muscle or when your time is limited, the choice you make is important. When people want answers on cardio, they call on Tom Venuto as they did again here...
A Seat at the Cardio Roundtable
The Alan Aragon Research Review (AARR) has become the premier publication for "science nerds" and other fitness fanatics who are dedicated to the evidence-based approach to fitness, fat loss, bodybuilding and athletic performance. Ocasionally, the AARR includes a special feature such as a guest article or a "roundtable" article featuring several experts. I was recently invited to the AARR "cardio roundtable" as a participant who could discuss the science behind his recommendations, as well as bring personal experience from years of bodybuilding... To find out the science-based bottom line on cardio, read on...
Intensity or Insanity? How Much Training Effort is Enough?
Is the intensity of your workout is"THE THING" that gives you results or is it more about being consistent with your workouts? Many of the hottest new workout trends and home exercise DVD's advertise themselves as "super intense" even to the point of calling them "insanity." Some users however, have discovered that they're feeling exhausted and downright beat up trying to keep up with these kinds of workouts every day. They wonder if the "brings you to your knees" intensity is worth the torture. Is it? Find out in the latest Burn the Fat Q & A..
Is It Good To Do BOTH: Long steady state AND Brief High Intensity Interval Cardio (HIIT)?
The never-ending cardio debate! It's unfortunate that there's so much dissension about cardio among trainers because in trying to prove or advocate their personal ideology (or use it for marketing), they do an injustice to their clients and readers. You end up confused because you listen to different sources and you end up short-changed because "my way is the only way" approach is limiting your options. I believe in "the law of requisite variety" which is a principle from the field of cybernetics: The person (or system) with the most choices or options has the most power." Read the latest Burn the Fat Q & A to find out why this is so true for cardio...
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