Recently, I was asked what exactly I have my clients do for cardio, and to be honest, I think my answer came as a surprise. Let’s chat about ‘cardio’ vs ‘conditioning’.
Conditioning is task-specific. One needs a different level of conditioning to go for a bike ride than they need for football; and yet another level to play soccer.
With that thought in mind, when I want my clients to improve their cardiovascular output we simply lift weights faster.
The same movements such as the following:
Suspension Trainer Rows
But instead of taking sixty to ninety-second breaks between exercises, we do them as fast as possible.
Now, that could be performing a given number of reps every minute on the minute, setting a timer for ten minutes and doing as many rounds as possible in that ten minutes, or picking a silly number like 1,000 and trying to perform all the reps as fast as possible.
These methods will improve heart strength along with preserving muscle mass and going through movement patterns that limit the risk of injury today, allowing to feel great in the future.
But, if one has a specific goal that needs to be ‘conditioned’ THEN we can have a program designed specifically for that. For example, if a client wants to run a marathon; then we better start running!
And, if a client wanted to get better at jumping rope; we would jump rope.
And, if a client wants to get better at burpees; we would do burpees ☺
BUT, if one simply wanted a stronger heart, the best way to get there is simply lifting weights faster.
And for fat loss?
We would still lift weights faster, but that is a topic for a different day.
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