Hi guys, Kris from Custom Fitness here, your Amarillo personal trainer. Today we’re going to be wrapping up the two part series on how to burn more fat by avoiding cardio mistakes. Now be sure to read part one if you haven’t already at the link here: And as always, if you have any questions about today’s blog then please give us a call at (806)-322-3188
Welcome back to our two part series! I hope that you enjoyed the first part, and now in the second we are going to be talking more about ways to use cardio in a way that works.
Last time we were talking about switching it up. Going at one cardio machine for an hour straight isn’t doing you any favors. Not only are you going to be bored, but your body is going to get bored as well. And we also talked about variation in your speed. We talked about going through sprint training, where we speed up for a little bit, then we slow back down, then we speed back up, and slow back down.
Our short duration is all out max, and then we go for a short recovery. Maybe like a 30 second sprint, with a 10 second rest, something like that, will start to give the body a little more to adapt to. It’ll have to work a little harder to be able to get your body to do what it needs to do. That means that you’re going to be burning more fat as fuel, because it’s not as long. If you’re doing that, you’re not looking for an hour long session, you’re looking at maybe a 20 to 30 minute session max. It can even get down lower than that if you’re doing true sprint training.
Then number three is we always look to machines, right? Well, that can be a problem because there are plenty of exercises that we can involve the rest of our body in. It’s problematic because our body doesn’t move the way that those machines make us move, right? It feels like it does, like walking on a treadmill’s great, but it actually shortens your gait, it changes your speed, it changes how you walk. Same thing with an elliptical, it feels comfortable, because it takes out the impact. Now, I’m not saying that machines are bad, I’m just saying that sometimes we need to step outside the box.
If you’ve been doing machines for a while, and you’re not seeing the body change, you’re not feeling well from it, you’re not feeling that sense of health, or seeing those results on your blood labs, and things like that, then it’s time to change up what we’re doing here. We want to keep the heart healthy, that’s the goal. Cardio is not as much a focus on weight loss as it is on heart health. We have to have that heart healthy in order to achieve our weight loss goals. Hope that kind of makes sense.
Whenever we’re looking at cardio, we always think of machines, but there’s so many exercises. The exercises do not have to be high impact. The exercises do not have to be fast. The point of cardio is to get your heart rate elevated, not to make you feel like you are running a sprint. We can go with many different exercises, even your strength exercises, like a squat can become a cardio exercise if done a little bit faster. But the goal with cardio, again, is not the speed necessarily as much as it is the consistency and the continuance of it. Try not to take breaks, or take as small breaks as possible in between, and put several exercises together to make that happen.
Number four is again that we go to old school with this. It’s kind of the theme of this whole deal here. The old school mentality was that you did 30 minutes of cardio, then you did your weights, then you might do another 30 minutes of cardio afterwards, but you always broke it up in that. Well, a great way to burn more fat, and to get your cardio in at the same time is to actually do more of a circuit-style, or a metabolic-style of a workout, and just to mix it up. So you’re mixing up strength, and cardio, back and forth. You’re going to be reap bigger benefits all around on that, and you’re going to be able to burn more fat.
So, if you need any help burning fat, or learning how to make the body be a little bit healthier, we would be happy to help you out with that, health and wellness is kind of our focus. If you hadn’t already noticed. We really strive to change the body from the inside out, because we know that when you make the healthy changes to the inside of the body, the outside starts to show you the things that you’re wanting to see.
That is going to wrap up our series on how to burn more fat by avoiding these cardio mistakes. I hope that you all enjoyed this series as much as I enjoyed writing it. There is a lot of misconceptions and old thoughts on cardio and how you are supposed to do it, so I hope that I was able to shed some light on the subject and you will be able to better utilize your time and see the results that you want through this new information.
So, if you are wanting the accountability and help with creating an action plan to see results, or are wanting to someone to help create a workout plan to push you to your greatest potential, then that’s what we’re here for. We work with our clients not just on fitness, but also nutrition. What we do is we will ensure that you are supported throughout every aspect of your health and wellness journey, and that includes making those eating changes. We have an entire team of dedicated professionals to help you with your health and fitness goals. To get your consultation set up, give us a call at 806-322-3188 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org At Custom Fitness, we are YOUR personal trainers in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day.