Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Why cardio harms the heart

Today I have a guest article for you from fat loss expert Kate Vidulich… she talks about the dangers of too much cardio, and a training system she’s using with her private training clients in Manhattan that’s getting some pretty amazing results.



Why Cardio Harms the Heart

Kate Vidulich, BSc, ACSM, CTT

Author, Fat Loss Accelerators

How many hours per week do you spend doing cardio?

Everyday spinning classes? Boom, overuse injury.

Elliptical lover? Zero results.

Dreadmill intervals? Death by boredom.

Now we have a NEW problem with cardio. Scientific research has exposed the dangers of excessive cardio.

In late November 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported on the harmful effects of excessive cardio on your heart. According to the WSJ, research to be published in the British journal “Heart”:

Running 20-25 miles or more per week eliminates the benefit of the exercise as you grow older and causes excessive wear and tear on the heart.

Damn, that’s bad news if you’re an exercise ADDICT. The sad thing is, most of these folks will ignore this blatant fact and continue on their merry way.

But the truth about cardio is this:

  1. You can get more effective fat burning workout in less time
  2. Spending less time exercising means less wear and tear on your heart, joints and muscles
  3. You can free up a TON of time, at least 200-250 minutes/week if you’re running a 10 minute mile, and spend it doing more important things

Three strikes and you’re out. Game over.

Even Dr. Kenneth Cooper agrees. The father of ‘aerobics’ has said, “If you are running more than 15 miles a week, you are doing it for some reason other than health.

So is a grizzly bear chasing you? There’s a valid reason to get your run on. But in all seriousness, there are no bears where I live in New York City (just other scary people) and as you can see, the fat loss benefits of “cardio confessional time” are minimal.

As an avid marathon runner, plenty of my friends pointed out this fact to me. The thing is, my marathon training programs no longer involve running more than 12-15 miles/week, or even longer than 60 minutes continuously in a session.

Instead, the workouts include training with total body movements and lifting heavy to get stronger, metabolic resistance training and tortuous high intensity intervals. Each workout typically lasts no more than 20-35 minutes.

The shocking thing is this works! No overuse injuries, no carb loading and it helped me shave 54 minutes off my marathon time.

So listen, if you want to exercise for health, fat loss while increasing your energy and vitality, you need to train with bursts of intensity in shorter workouts.

That’s why I created Fat Loss Accelerators. <– Get 31 workouts here

In this program, you’ll get dozens of unique workouts that last 20 minutes or less, that you can add into your current training program.

Replace those boring dreadmill intervals with these workouts that give you faster fat burning than any type of long cardio EVER will.

Here are just some of the workouts you’ll get:

  • Barbell complexes: The most effective barbell complexes that only require an empty bar and small space
  • Unique hybrid metabolic mash ups: Intense, compounding movements that maximize fat burning to break through plateaus
  • “Time Bombs”: Density sets that push you to your limits in set amount of time. Perfect when you have a deadline.
  • DB/KB complexes: Some of the most popular circuits lie here… Fat burning fun is taken to a whole new level.
  • Bodyweight bonuses: No equipment? No worries. These circuits can be done anytime, anywhere from your living room to the hotel.

Plug these workouts into your program today and see the difference it makes to your level of conditioning.

Rock on,

Kate Vidulich, BSc, ACSM, CTT


Awesome article, Kate!  Thanks again for stopping by today.

Now, Kate has a brand new training system she has created, Fat Loss Accelerators that is based around this concept of eliminating excess cardio. These workouts are a fun, unique way to get a kick ass workout done with limited equipment in a small space.

The best part is, as an exclusive subscriber to my newsletters, you can get this very system at a 46% off discount for a very limited time! Click the link below to grab it now:

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To Your Health and Fitness,

Arthur M.

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