The topic for this week is the importance of cardio. It’s easy to go to the gym slang plates around, drop dumbbells, and lift heavy shit. I actually agree with all of the previously mentioned activities, but cardio does happen. It’s like the cute girl’s ugly best friend at club, you have to buy her a drink too.
In 2014, I lost 45lbs in order to become a Men’s Physique competitor. I was often asked what kind of cardio I did. Although this was a legit question, it was more about the dedication to cardio that made a change. You have to condition your body to doing cardio. Personally, I like destination running. That’s running outside around neighborhoods and down main streets. It’s vein, but I do it because I like to run with my shirt off and get the, “I saw you out there running” text. Hey, you have to find motivation from somewhere. I found it helpful to switch up the things I listened to. I mean more than just changing songs, but I started listening to audiobooks, speeches, and podcasts. A person can get tired by running, just from not having anything left to think about.
When building your cardio up, be dedicated to doing some form of cardio everyday (7-days) in some kind of quantifiable manner. Meaning, if you run, you know how far you ran. If you did the stairmaster, you know how long it took to get to a certain number of steps. This is important, because it creates a baseline for your work. When it came to running, once you run 2 miles, you have to run 2 miles at the least every time after that. Anything less means that you cheated yourself. There’s a mental fortitude that comes with this. Once you start breaking those mental doubts when you feel tired, that confidence spills over into other aspects of your workout.
If you are trying to become a bodybuilder and are concerned with the thickness of your quads, then you should focus on a more low impact form of cardio for a modest amount of time. Something like the stairmaster or stair stepper (yes, there’s a difference). You have to gauge your cardio by your own goals and body response. I have to do cardio for at least 30 minutes to get a good sweat.
It’s hot outside. Take the shirt off, grab your favorite shades, and hit a couple of laps around the apartment complex or downtown area. Women love running. Don’t believe me, start paying attention to the Saturday morning run groups. I might just start my own. “Mancave Marathons” or something like that. I’ll figure it out.