Although most of us tend to freak out at the first mention of the word cardio training, the truth is that it’s more than recommendable if you’re serious about building an impressive physique. Cardio exercises provide your body with a number of different benefits. In addition to strengthening your heart muscle and helping the fat burning process, it improves your overall stamina.
So what makes cardio training so appalling for so many different people. For some, it might be that the traditional cardio workouts can become extremely boring. Others say that they are time consuming, and time is, admittedly, a commodity that not many of us can afford. And there are those who avoid it because of fear that it’ll drain the energy needed for weight training and destroy their gains. Whatever the reason, that’s all just giving excuse for not doing something that is extremely beneficial for you.
Now, what if we can prove you that there is a way to increase the volume of your cardio workout, while simultaneously building muscle mass. That it is possible to improve your athletic abilities, and save time while we’re at it. Will you still look for some excuse to skip your cardio sessions, or will you start sweating your a*s ?
Take a look at our five recommendations listed below, and you’ll find that cardio training doesn’t have to be tedious. Some of these recommendations will help you increase the volume of your workout, or reduce the time you spend in the gym. Use them whichever way they suit you.
Add Explosiveness to The Movements
It is no secret that compound lifts involve more muscles than the simple isolation movements. And some of them, like the clean and press or clean and jerk, also involve greater speeds for their execution. Even when performed with lighter loads, you need to activate almost all muscles in your body to clean a bar off the floor and press it up. At the same time the fast pace makes your cardiovascular system work twice as hard, providing both cardio exercise and muscle building movement.
Reduce the Rest Periods Between Sets
Performing the bench press, or any other exercise for that matter will do you no good in improving your cardio if you let yourself take long resting period before every set. Taking those 2 minutes of rest will also increase the time you spend in a gym. Time that can be put to better use for improving your lagging areas. Try shortening the rest periods to no more than 40-45 seconds. This will save you both time and boost your heart rate.
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