So in my never-ending quest to balance diet, strength training, and cardio, I came upon an interesting fitness realization.
I've been doing variations of HIIT (Hi-Intensity Interval Training) for a while now, but somehow in the back of my mind, I've felt guilty about not doing longer, slower cardio to burn off more calories.
But the other day, reading some articles by Mark Rippetoe (most famous for his well-written "Starting Strength" book) it hit me.....sprinters have more muscle than marathoners
Now I've done my fair share of marathons and enjoyed the experience of training on long, slow runs, getting ready for the big 26.2. And believe me, even though I slimmed down in my running days, I was never an ectomorph.
Since switching to cycling and getting serious about strength training, I've seen the value of adding muscle while losing fat. Now, as I look to drop these last pesky 10 lbs, I want them all to be fat pounds, not muscle pounds.
As I planned out my February/March riding (I just ordered new tires and will be dropping my bike to the shop for a well-deserved tune-up and re-cabling), I debated about training for a century (100 mile ride) this spring, figuring it would do nothing but help me drop those 10 lbs of fat.
Well not so fast, or rather, yes, I need to train fast....and hard.....but for shorter durations.
Maybe I need to train for some time trials!
(Not really....when I priced out a time trial bike, that idea went out the window!)
Intensity matters.....it just makes for a much tougher workout, albeit for a shorter period of time....but those short periods of time do seem like an eternity.
But what better way to prepare for the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse! Would you rather be fast & strong, or lean with lots of endurance/
Who do you want to be when the undead rise, hungry and looking for brains?!?!?!
(Hint, you'll need some upper body strength to wield that 9-iron into the soft spot of their frontal lobes!)
Have a great night Spark friends!