SLVi3: Cardio makes you fat..
Sunday, May 12, 2013
My programme (see my (Staying Power team where it outlined) has been devised using years of experience and actually does a pretty good job. it is easy to do, time limited and returns results in strength and speed over a sensible time period (months/years). It is sustainable, measurable targeted and generally SMART.
A thread on the message boards here and a few casual observations in the gym led me to this blog.
I got accused of being a body builder (by a serious power lifter). I'm not. I aim to get athletic - the natural consequence of this is that I have leaned out and built well defined muscle slowly. My lifts are not as large as they could be. I don't eat enough for that to happen and I do about 40 minutes of intense cardio a week. Established wisdom is that this will suppress muscle gains. I don't care. i want good CV capacity.
The power lifter was traing with an old student of mine who has gone down the bulking route. A very male thing to do. He is now strong ( stronger than me!) but.. he does no cardio. I challenged him to get on the treadmill for a VO2 test - her refused- he can't run at all.
Today a young women joined me at the next treadmill. She had a good layer of fat ( actually well proportioned) What stood out was that her speed over a period of time easily matched mine. Watching her after I assume she must have been a good runner at school..her movement was spot on. However, she finished the run and then did a few small bicep curls on a machine.
Both have the benefit of age over me. Both can beat me at their chosen discipline. Neither have balance.
If form follows its path.. both will gather weight as they age. The male power lifter will find himself in a "bulk" cycle gone wrong and the women will find time is too short for her long runs. So few people find the right balance..
The SLvi3 programme is working. I'm halfway through the third card since August. I am stronger faster and in control This August will see the one year anniversary of my "maintenance"..