On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m answering the often asked question, how many times per week should I do cardio?
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How often should you do HIIT cardio workouts?
In Live Lean Sprint 2.0, we’ve provided you with various workout schedules based on your specific fitness level.
For example, someone with a primary goal to burn fat, would incorporate more cardio workouts, then someone with a goal of building muscle, while minimizing fat gain.
Also, someone who is looking to compete in a fitness show or get ready for a photoshoot, would also incorporate more cardio workouts, than someone just training for general fitness.
If you are training simply for everyday fitness, our program recommends 2-3 cardio sessions per week. These cardio workouts are comprised of HIIT cardio workouts, also known as high intensity interval training.
We’ve also included LISS cardio workouts, also known as low intensity steady state cardio.
If your goal is to grow muscle, while minimizing fat gain, we recommend 1 HIIT cardio workout per week.
Should I use the treadmill, elliptical, bike, or stair master?
In Live Lean Sprint 2.0, we’ve created cardio workouts using the most common pieces of cardio equipment, in most conventional gyms.
These cardio machines include the:
– upright cycle bike
As well as bonus cardio workouts that use the:
– outdoor stairs and/or home stairs
– swimming pool
Even if you don’t have access to one of the mentioned cardio machines, most of the cardio workouts in Live Lean Sprint 2.0 are adaptable to be used on any cardio machines.
We’ve also programmed lower impact cardio workouts using the elliptical machine, the bike, the rower, and the swimming pool.
Plus, cardio workouts outdoors at a track, on a field, or on the outdoor stairs.
The point is, what’s more important than the type of cardio machine, is that you actually do the workout.
I do recommend you try and stick to the workouts designed for each specific cardio machine.
However, the cardio workouts can pretty well be transferable to your favorite cardio machine.
When should you do HIIT cardio workouts?
I typically recommend completing your HIIT cardio workouts on non-weight lifting days.
Also, when possible, try to schedule your HIIT cardio workouts away from the day before and after your leg workouts.
This way the muscles in your legs are ready to lift, and have proper recovery time to repair and grow.
I also don’t recommend completing your HIIT cardio workouts before your resistance training workout.
If you have to combine your cardio workouts at the same time as your resistance training workouts, always do HIIT cardio after your weights.
However, it’s best to do cardio on non-weight lifting days or spaced out earlier, or later in the day.
After your resistance training workout, it’s best to grab your post workout shake, and start the recovery process.
Too much cardio can over stress the body, creating excessive production of the stress hormone called cortisol.
When produced in excess, cortisol can lead to belly fat storage.
Of course, this is the opposite results we are looking to accomplish with our workouts.
This is why is more important to follow a properly structured cardio workout program, so you can train smarter, rather than training more.
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