Is Cardio Necessary To Burn Stomach Fat?
If you want to lose
weight, and I'm guessing you do, is it necessary to do cardio? Do you have to do cardio to lose stubborn
weight? I say no. Here are my reasons for you to stop doing cardio and still lose
by Ed Scow, NSCA-CPT (aka The Fit Dad) - Fitness and Nutrition Expert to the true
superheroes - busy Moms and Dads! and Author of Fat Loss To Go
If you want
fat, especially if you want
to lose stomach fat, you
have to do long, mind-numbingly boring, monotonous cardio in your “fat burning zone” in order to achieve your
That’s what you’ve always been told by the “fat loss
They’ve always said, “If you
want to lose fat, do lots of
cardio.” But is that
true? Do you really have to
pin your fat loss hopes and dreams on doing 60 minutes of cardio every stinking day of the
Absolutely not! And if you do want to do cardio, you sure
as heck don’t have to do it for that long.
There is a better way…a far better way to lose fat, especially
You need to focus on doing
resistance training if you really want to lose stomach fat. And if you do it correctly, you won’t even need to do a traditional cardio session
When I say “do it correctly”, I mean that you need to focus on
doing full body workouts that focus on working large muscle groups, rather than attempting to split your body
into sections and working one thing at a time.
All too often I hear guys say that they’re going to spend today’s
workout session on Back and Biceps or Chest and Abs, etc. I’ve got news for you, the body just
doesn’t work that way. You can’t just split the body up into pieces and expect to get superior results,
especially if you don’t have much time to spend working out.
The ladies are not immune to
this phenomenon either. I
always hear ladies saying they want to work their triceps and “inner thighs” or “saddle bags” in an effort to
Sorry ladies, but that’s just not going to happen if you train
that way. Especially if
you finish that workout up by hopping on the treadmill for 60 minutes (or more) of fast walking because you
don’t want to leave your “fat burning zone.” A zone that doesn’t exist by the way.
So now that I’ve told you what
doesn’t work, let’s get to what does work. As I said earlier, what works, and works very well, is full body workouts that focus on
working lots of muscle because muscle is what burns fat.
Did you know
that? Muscle is the ONLY
tissue in your body that burns fat.
So doesn’t it make sense that to burn fat you work your
Anyway, here’s a typical workout that I prescribe to my
Warm-up for 5 minutes by doing a circuit of medicine ball wood
chops, push-ups and bodyweight squats.
Then perform the following supersets (2-4 sets
1A) “T” Push-up – 10
1B) Dumbbell Bent Over Row – 8
2A) Reverse Lunge – 10 reps per
2B) Incline Dumbbell Chest Press – 8
3A) Dumbbell Rear Flies – 8
3B) 1-Leg Stability Ball Leg Curl – 10 reps
4A) Mt. Climbers – 30
4B) Stability Ball Rollout –
Then I have my clients perform interval training for their
cardio. This comes in
many different types, but at its root, all interval training consists of is mixing bouts of intense activity
with bouts of lower intensity activity.
This could mean mixing running fast (but not sprinting) for 20
seconds with walking for 90 seconds for 10 minutes or it could mean doing bodyweight circuits for 15
minutes. The sky really is the limit with this type of
The point is that you need to get out of the cardio mentality that
so many of the so-called experts have you trapped in and break free and try something new. Something that will work and is proven to
work. I’ve been using
this style of training with my training clients for years with fantastic results.
Give it a try today, follow it for a couple months and I guarantee
you’ll be leaner and stronger.
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