Don’t believe the ‘no cardio’ hype

I woke up not really wanting to run. I’ve recently shifted my workouts to M,W,F with an added workout in the week. I’m doing circuit training. Very intensive, short duration workouts. No more than 25 minutes.

This works well for me. After last year’s TRT experiment, I was getting bigger and my sex drive peaked the week I went to the max dosage but I didn’t feel a difference in the following weeks. The dosage could have been too low. I liked the look but I didn’t need the size. I’m 6’2″ and 203. I want to get under 200 and get BF to under 10%.

So I’m circuit training. Doing some sprints after the workout. I’ve dropped 6 lbs and look better but I have more to go. The best I’ve ever looked was when I was running 3 times a week. 2-3 miles each session, in addition to doing a SEAL inspired bodyweight workout from Mark De Lisle.

So I’m back to running. A 5K three times a week. Today I threw in some HIIT in the run. Felt great, sweated a bunch and burned 718 calories. Waited an hour before eating six egg whites with a couple yolks and some spinach. That’s how you are supposed to do it. The thing is, so many people in the ‘sphere are parroting this no cardio bullshit. Tim Ferris, Max Tucker and others are preaching that one doesn’t have to do cardio.

Does this make sense to you? The whole point of the ‘sphere is to give another angle on how one can GTOW. Obviously we see the same people at the gym doing the same routine and getting nowhere. But to throw out cardio just doesn’t make sense to me. My whole focus is dropping BF, not getting bigger. I run. I don’t do elliptical, spin or stairclimber. I run. Like I did when I was a kid.

I had a paper route growing up. Back east, people got their papers delivered to the house. I had about 32 houses and it was around 4 miles the entire route. I did it on a bike until my mother found out I was faster than she thought and chunked out some time to fuck around with the neighborhood kids. So she had me run it instead. And she timed me. I had 40 minutes to complete it or I got the ‘switch’.

So I ran it. As fast as I could. I was a lean kid. Probably 160 lbs. I was the second fastest kid in my grade behind Andy Hassler. He knew the concept of pacing and the final kick. He ran track. I ran a paper route.

The thing is that running comes naturally. When I’m peaking and feel great, I have to fight the inclination to run when I’m walking somewhere in the city. Now people are saying don’t do that. That doesn’t make sense. I would advice not to listen to them. Judge for yourself. Run for three months and see how you feel and look. But don’t take their word for it. Make YOUR OWN path.

Who would you think would have a better chance at completing a mission? A bunch of crossfitters or SPECOPS ?

Operators run all the time in training. It builds up durability, endurance, opens up the lungs, strengthens the tendons and ligaments in the knees and ankles and raises HGH levels. It burns the two types of fat in the body. When you run on an empty stomach first thing in the morning, your body burns through the glycogen left in the blood from the previous night’s meal and goes into the fat stores for energy.

There is a caveat though. I’m not recommending marathon training. Studies show that the wear and tear on the body from marathons is actually more damaging than helpful. Running a 20k would be the limit if you want to maintain mass. Ever see Matt McConaughey? That dude would do a 2 hour run after his BW exercises. Doesn’t look like he lost any mass. Look at SPECOPS guys. Same thing.

Don’t listen to the “no cardio” crowd. They’re misinformed. Do your own experiments and see for yourself.

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8 comments on “Don’t believe the ‘no cardio’ hype

  1. Hey man, good article but listen. With all do respect the best way to incorporate your hit or sprint training should be in with some basic multi compound excersize. Squats,rows,deadlitfs,Bench and overhead press. With 1-2 sprint sesh here and there. I’d like to here your feed back.


  2. How long does it take for your bones and tendons to get used to running? I’ve been inactive for about 6 years and just starting running and I’m getting shin pain and pulls under my arch.

    • The guideline I’ve always gone by was handed down from specops and it it this. When beginning a running program, start small. 1 mile 3 times a week. Start slow and pick up speed as you can. AFTER the first two weeks, take the third week off. This is to prevent shin splints (which it sounds like you are experiencing now) and allow bones in the feet to settle to the new activity. I have fallen arches so I can attest to this. Starting the third week, increase your run by a half mile every third run. Again, don’t push to hard in the beginning. Let your lower body adjust to this new action. Once you can run 3 miles ( or 5k), I would suggest you stay at that mileage up to the 90 day mark of when you started and work on increasing your pace of run and adding an additional run in the week for fun (possibly a walk/run routine).
      I am myself in a program that requires some running and lower body exercise that I will write about in three weeks after I’m done. Stay in touch and good luck on the running. After 90 days, get back to me and I’ll recommend the next phase!

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