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Letโ€™s go in the โ€˜way back machineโ€™, all the way to 2007.


I had just competed in a few shows after a couple of years hiatus due to a mysterious disease which Iโ€™ve talked about elsewhere.


I wrote an article which at the time, went viral, before that was a thing.


You see, I had started to piece together unconventional methods of training back in my junior year in highschool, which continued through my college years at the University of Delaware.


In fact, my theories would often leave the professors confused. They couldnโ€™t ignore my rationale but yet they couldnโ€™t break away from the cookie cutter fitness and nutrition that had been taught to them.


Anyhow, fast forward until I was interning with Rutgers Football Strength and Conditioning in the summer of 2003 and I saw how jacked, shredded and unbelievably fit the players were.


Of course, they were D1 athletes, but success does leave clues.


And for me, their level of development defied the norm of having to do hours upon hours of cardio.


Cardio as most people know it is slow, long distance, monotony. Think of things like walking on the treadmill, using the elliptical or going for a Sunday morning jog.


All the rage back then was to hit the weights but then spend a good hour doing cardio, of course, you had to be in the โ€˜fat burning zoneโ€™, which was a percentage of max heart rate.


Yet, I always fell back on pragmatic mind and used what I call โ€˜reality mathโ€™. A simple look around the gym I belonged to at that time showed me that it did nothing for weight loss.


So, the other morning, I was out running for my Sunday morning jog and I was having thoughts about sharing this knowledge with my friends again.


And to be clear, I run for mental reasons, not for fat loss, as it is useless for that.


Exercise by and large in general is not directly good for weight loss. It falls under the simultaneous model of weight loss which goes something like this; โ€˜cut calories, burn calories, lose weightโ€™.


Even some of the most popular fitness influencers still spout this nonsense.


Exercise is for your brain as certain hormones and growth factors can only cross the blood brain barrier through physical movement.


It is for your joints and for your muscles.


And it will help through the indirect route of losing fat.


But, the majority of fat loss happens outside of the gym, with your daily habits such as fasting and sleep.


Now, to get back to how it could potentially be a boost for fat loss, we need to define what cardio is.


Cardio is anything that works the cardiovascular system, and by works, I mean puts a stressor on it so as to get a positive adaptation.


What drives the cardiovascular system? The muscular system.


The more muscle you work, the more cardiac output you get.


And while I was jogging on Sunday, I thought of two simple running examples to illustrate this point.


Run on a flat surface and then run up a long hill. Which one provides more of an oxygen debt? Going uphill of course.


You are working more muscle since you added a degree of difficulty.


Now, think about running a nice, easy, half mile at a comfortable (aerobic) pace versus running 10, 100-yard sprints with a minute rest in between. The sprints will create much more of an oxygen debt.


And itโ€™s the oxygen debt, created by working a lot of muscle with shorter rests that carries over to boosting the hormones and metabolism of the body to create more of a fat burning, insulin sensitive body.


But it doesnโ€™t happen during the workout, it happens after the workout, for up to 48 hours.


Just like muscle isnโ€™t grown in a workout, it is grown in the recovery phase.


The whole point is to make you aware of why you are doing what you are doing.


If you love running and the like, then have at it.


As I told you, I began running last year for mental reasons.


If you are still chasing the โ€˜cardio queenโ€™ line of thought for weight loss, you are the dog that is always going to be barking at all the cars that are passing you by.


Know why you are doing something and how it works on some level and you will be far ahead of the pack.


Be Unconventional - Kyle Newell


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