Some people are afraid of cardio because they think that it will munch on their muscle and they will shrink! Done effectively this will not be the case. If you take a look at some of the people that do a lot of cardio, they are in fact still quite muscular. Eg Swimmers; Rowers, Body-builders and so on ..
People who lift weights as well as run regularly, have muscles that are 3% bigger than those who just focus on upper body exercises.
If you add a high intensity interval session to your training routine 3 times a week you will build more muscle than those who do steady pace endurance training.
Swimming non-stop increases your muscle mass by sticking to endurance laps where you breathe after every 8th stroke, which improves oxygen delivery to your muscles.
Plus have you seen the size on some rowers?! .. Set the rowing machine to the highest level and go fast for 40 seconds, then reduce the resistance by 50% and row for 1 minute. If you repeat this for half an hour, you will build muscle.
To warm down after a weights circuit, hop on the bike for 10 minutes. It will boost blood flow, which increases muscle repair and also makes next day’s training a bit easier. Winner.
Get past the myth and add cardio into the mix for added muscle growth!
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