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Thread: Cardio in SD period

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2012

    Default Cardio in SD period

    Can I do intense cardio during my Strategic Deconditioning week? By "intense" I mean explosive stuff like 40 yard dashes or "stations" for 30-50 minutes. I'll end up doing cardio for 4 of the 9 days of SD.

    Anyways, I just finished my first 2-month cycle of HST and had solid gains in mass and strength. It might not be much but I increased my squat by 20 pounds (300 pounds), bench press (155) and OHP by 15 pounds (105). Thanks everyone for your help.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2012


    SD is literally about doing nothing short of the things you need to do to live and make a living (walk, sleep, eat, run for the bus when need be, etc.). Explosive cardio might put a hamper on your SD for your lower body muscles. If you're required to do this stuff (sports practice to make a team), then there's no way around doing it. On the other hand, if you're doing it voluntarily, then I would refrain. You won't lose your cardiovascular edge in 9 days. Just as taking a short break from lifting can be beneficial, taking a short break from running can also be beneficial IF you get right back into it when the break ends.
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