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Masters Cardio: Is it a Waste of Time?

by: Troy Mork and Chris Bonk

Troy Mork over 50 fitness author

Author and Trainer Troy Mork, explains the honest truth about cardio for masters athletes

Does this scenario seem familiar?

You wake up Sunday morning and think “I’ll go to the gym, (excuse me, health club) do some cardio before noon and then I’ll have the rest of the day to chill or do whatever”.  You get to the health club, hop on the elliptical, grab the iPod… through the song list (I love Warren Zevon, but that’s not upbeat enough….Morrissey and The Cure are too depressing….Ahh!! New Order!  I wonder what they are doing now?) set your weight and time and set off chugging away for about 30 minutes or 300 calories.  The NFL pre-game shows are on the flat screens and you’re tooling away.

You suddenly get a text. “wanna wtch game? pck up beer and chips? wtch on my new 80”  HD scrn with sonic surrnd sound? C U L8R”

Hmm, inviting. You rationalize that the cardio and the beer will be a wash.  Or maybe your significant other calls and suggests that it might be cozy to have a brunch of “bangers & mash” at that new British GastroPub in the city. Never mind the blizzard. You have AWD!

And if its summer you aren’t even doing cardio, you are on your way to a friend’s boat to be on the water and in the “play pen” before it gets too crowded.

Let’s look at the reasons you’re doing Cardio. Are you trying to lose weight? Be healthier? Are  you trying to tone up flabby muscles? Well guess what? Cardio workouts are an ineffective way to reduce body fat. If your goal is to lose body fat…..then diet. If your goal is to have a harder body, that’s weight training. No amount of cardio will build muscle.

Ever see the same person at the same gym at the same time of day on the same cardio machine 5 days a week for the past 5 years? Do they look Continue reading

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