If you have ever been in a debate against someone regarding cardio while bulking, then you likely can relate to this post.
Cardio is an important aspect and comes with many benefits, but does it affect your ability to gain and keep your muscle?
This article is going to share some thoughts that might just change your mind regarding aerobic exercise. Also, be sure to download the complimentary cardio report to learn the exact amount of cardio to do while you are bulking, and the right types.Click Here to Download the Free Report
So the question is, does cardio help your muscle gains, or hinder? Well it depends.
First we need to define Cardio, as it can come in many shape and forms. Cardio exercise by definition simply means to do exercise to get your heart rate up.
Weight training gets your heart rate up, so lifting weights can be considered a form of cardio exercise.
So the real question you should be asking yourself is, does endurance training help or gain muscle? Not does cardio help or hinder you ability to gain mass.
“The answer is simple “extended amounts off endurance training hinders your ability to gain size and mass.”
Since the 60’s aerobic exercises have been sold, marketed, and pushed as the single best way to be physically fit. But what body type are you going for?
Do you want to look like a marathon runner? If you do, that’s great (for you not me, I hate running). However, you likely would not be reading this if you were a marathon runner.
You are reading this because you want to gain mass. You take your bulking diet serious, and want to get the most muscle possible out of your time and money. Right?
Well then listen up, and listen close. Endurance based cardio is not only useless for building muscle, but it can actually become counterproductive when you’re trying to build mass.
- Here is why you need to be careful.
- Excessive cardio:
- Utilizes calories needed for building muscle
- Depletes glycogen stores
- Increases physical stress
- Reduces total and free testosterone levels
- Increases oxidative stress and free radical production
- Oxidizes amino acids needed for muscle growth
- Increases risk of injury
- Impairs recovery from strength training
- Can reduce power output
- Can lead to overtraining
- Can induce conversion of fast twitch muscle fibers to slow twitch
Did I just give you a free pass on not having to do cardio? Well kind of.
Do not take this message the wrong way. There are benefits to doing cardio, so I don’t want to come off as a cardio basher (although I kind of am). Here is what you can gain by doing cardio:
- Increase VO2 max (ventilatory oxygen update)
- Increase blood flow to exercising muscles
- Enhance insulin sensitivity
- Reduce fat mass and improve fat distribution
- Improve exercise capacity and endurance
- Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reduce blood pressure
As you can see, these are very significant. However, what’s not on this list? You guessed it, building muscle.
In the end, we want to do enough cardio to receive the benefits, while minimizing the drawbacks. Some cardiovascular training can be useful to athletes looking to add mass and strength, but it needs to be kept within limits to avoid compromising gains.
So how do you do that? Well, to keep this post short, we have included a cardio while bulking report that you can download for free.Click Here to Download the Free Report
In this report, you will get all the exercises you need to ensure that you reap the benefits of cardio training, while not screwing up your bulking diet.
If others around you seem to be bigger or more cut than you, it might be a good idea to flip through this free report. It’s a quick, step by step guide to cardio while bulking.
Now it’s your turn. What cardio do you do during your bulking diets, and how much is too much?
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