Jan 6, 2023
What does conditioning for lifters look like? Do you need to do "cardio"? We examine conditioning & cardio for strength athletes. This is a re-release of episode 396.
"Cardio" is a nebulous and negative term, like diet.
I need to go do some "cardio." What's the best "cardio" for fat loss?
The term "cardio" comes from the word cardiovascular as in the cardiovascular system of the heart, lunges, and blood vessels that pumps oxygen and nutrients to your organs.
Conditioning for lifters comes with the implication of a goal. You need to complete conditioning for health, or for your sport, or for general physical preparedness.
Why would a strength athlete include conditioning in his program?
There's generally 3 reasons why someone would consider doing "cardio" or conditioning:
Lots of people think they need to do cardio for the first reason, and it's really the worst reason to "do cardio."
Why? Because cleaning up nutrition habits far surpasses the impact of conditioning. Often times, people increase their food intake after cardio, as their appetite increases as well.
This doesn't mean that conditioning cannot help in the calorie burning side of the calorie equation. But it's not the first MED step to take.
People have an intuitive sense of being in or out of shape, and they're not wrong.
This often comes from a suddenly more rigorous physical event, such as a hike or sporting event.
You find yourself out of breath and hating life, and feel out of shape.
This is really recognizing the inefficiency of your energy systems, and that you're cardiovascular systems is delivering oxygen poorly.
Life can throw us unexpected challenges, and being prepared for them is a good thing.
As the previous reason started to lead into, conditioning helps improve the efficiency of the body's energy systems: phosphagen, glycolytic, and aerobic.
Training these systems improve your cardiovascular health and is correlated with longevity and overall health.
Just as stressing the muscles helps improve strength and effects hypertrophy, and these are correlated with health, stressing these energy systems is good for them and for your health.
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