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    Discussion in 'Training' started by Editor, Oct 19, 2016.

    1. Editor

      Editor Administrator

      Oct 2016
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      It’s no secret that cardio workouts burn fat, but did you know they burn just as much muscle? When your body ignites the cardiovascular system, the natural outcome is the burning of fat AND muscle in your body. This would explain why most long distance runners look like skeletons. They have effectively removed most of their muscle with the intense cardio workouts used to prepare for a long distance race. So should you stop doing cardio because of this?

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    2. Tom White @gymtoto

      Tom White @gymtoto Moderator

      Sep 2016
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      Doing cardio has mainly one meaning for most people. Weightloss. But cardiovascular training is different for everyone and is goal depending.
      If your training to do a race of course you have to do cardio but the high intensity routines you will do will be different from doing cardio if you wanted to lose weight.
      Remember runners won't be doing bodybuilding routines and eating the way they do so they will physically look different. Its all goal dependent.
      Also if you dont want to lose muscle during cardio and fatloss is your goal then low intesity cardi can help.

      So to conclude cardio will not make you look skeletal unless your diet and training is not in order.

      Good luck.
    3. MarkB

      MarkB Administrator Staff Member

      Aug 2016
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      Thanks Tom - I think many of us forget that our diets are as important as our exercise regime.

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