Importance of Variability in Cardiovascular Workouts

The most common cardiovascular workout consists of a 30 minute steady rate run on a treadmill, riding a stationary bike, or coasting on a elliptical machine while watching the television at their $35 per month state of the art gym.  While it is good that the individual is actively elevating their heart rate for 30 minutes and religiously doing this three to four days per week, the truth is that the value to an individual's cardiovascular system is greatly reduced after the first couple of weeks as the body becomes condition to operating in this steady state.  That is what our bodies do ...  they quickly adapt to new environments and conditions and then efficiently operate in that situation.  This is why it is important to vary the activity rate to keep the body under stress and tax the cardiovascular system. More...

Benefits of Sprint Training

If you are looking to improve your physical conditioning, sprint training is one of the best cardiovascular and muscle building exercises.  Many individuals prefer sprint training because it takes less time than traditional cardio exercises that have you running on a treadmill for thirty to sixty minutes, still consumes a large amount of calories, and utilizes energy burst training that has shown to provide better cardiovascular health. More...

What Exactly is a Cardio Workout?

I had an interesting discussion yesterday with a certified professional training about what is a cardio workout and do you really need cardiovascular training to get in great shape.  Most fitness buffs and weekend warriors consider it a fact that you need cardio exercises to get in shape, lose body fat, and develop lung capacity.  You may be surprised to know that some of the leanest and meanest people never do any type of traditional cardiovascular training. More...