Cycling cardio

Discussion in 'General Training' started by Heavy Duty dude, Jul 7, 2005.

  1. Heavy Duty dude

    Heavy Duty dude New Member

    It is said that the body gets accostumed to a certain level of cardio intensity and burns less and less fat.

    So would it make sense to cycle cardio, something like 4 weeks on 2 weeks off?

  2. Bryan Haycock

    Bryan Haycock Administrator

    I don't mean to come across contrary, but the body doesn't burn less fat as it adapts to cardio. Although it may seem easier to complete the cardio session, as long as the intensity is the same, the same amount of fuel will be required to perform the muscular work.

    In fact, as you adapt to cardio, the body will decrease the amount of time it takes to mobilize stored fat and the muscel tissue will increase its ability to burn fat, thus sparing carbs and muscle glycogen. In essence, you because a more efficient fat burning machine.

    Would it make sense to cycle cardio? I guess it depends on why you are doing it. If you are doing it to burnf at, it would not be a good idea. If you are wanting to cycle your cardio because it is interfering with performance (muscle power and quickness) then I would say yes, you should gefinately cycle your cardio based on the competative season.
  3. Heavy Duty dude

    Heavy Duty dude New Member

    Ok, I see. [​IMG]

    About this adaptation that you talked about, do you think it happens also with HIIT? I mean, since HIIT burns primarily glycogen, do muscles become more accustomed at using fat?

    Thanks :)

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