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Monday, October 7, 2013

Ask Ashley SportsnFitness: Cardio - How Much? When?

One of the most common questions I am asked is how much cardio do I do or how much should my clients do. Ladies approach me saying they do an hour or even two hours of aerobics or cardio and aren't seeing results. I am asked questions like this by current clients, potential clients, people in the gym and even people in the grocery store. The majority of people asking this question have somehow assumed since I look fit or in shape that I must spend hours in the gym doing cardio. (*Please note: this question is geared towards individuals who are beginner or intermediate levels with no experience weight training. Those individuals who are advanced and familiar with HIIT most likely are familiar with the information I am providing.)

This question is the most frustrating and yet the most exciting one because 1.) It's posed to me A LOT and 2.) It is a great opportunity to help educate people

For whatever reason society has created a correlation between fit and healthy with hours of cardio in the gym. For females in particular the thought process seems to be, "...a healthy, fit looking body is synonomous with hours of cardio. I'm here to get in your face and tell you to get off the treadmill or elliptical and go lift some weight!

Sure hopping on the treadmill or elliptical and knocking out an hour of steady state cardio is super easy; especially with the TVs and cable most gyms offer for all cardio equipment. But you are doing yourself and your body a disservice to just go in the gym day after day doing an hour of cardio.

In terms of caloric expenditure, yes an hour on the treadmill will burn a significant amount of calories, but weight training not only will burn more calories it will also elevate your metabolism so that even after you leave the gym, go home and watch TV or go to bed you will continue to burn additional calories.

Weight training should be everyone's main focus; but especially the females because this type of training is what helps to mold and shape your body. Cardio will only help make you a slightly smaller version of what you already are.

So ladies, please get off the treadmills and ellipticals, grab your GripOns and go pump some iron!
You will be amazed at how your body responds and takes shape so much faster than those monotonous hour long cardio sessions.








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