Whhhhhaaaatttttt…………. A workout plan with NO cardio??? Once again this clip from extra seems to tell all. To view the clip click on this link to Extra. Here are some of the Celebrities using this routine…
” Stop using treadmills, stair masters and elliptical machines.
Celebrity personal trainer Jim Karas, who has helped Diane Sawyer and Hugh Jackman whip into shape, is revealing to “Extra” that cardio is actually an enemy!
“Cardio kills your body and most importantly, it kills your weight loss goals,” Karas said. “We’d go, go, go hitting the strength training, and never touched a piece of cardiovascular exercise.”
Jim explained that is because cardio exercise decreases your metabolism, while weight training gives it a boost.
“Let’s get that metabolism up, that’s the key to weight loss,” he insisted.
Now the trainer is whipping singer and “American Idol” alum Kimberly Locke into shape.
“I just lost a significant amount of weight, but I hit a wall,” Kim admitted. “I’m saying, and probably everyone else out there is saying, ‘What do we do?’”
The answer is interval base strength training or exercises that engage more than one body part, according to Jim in his new book, “The Cardio-Free Diet.”
The trainer also said you do not have to work out more than one hour a week, never do more than 10 repetitions of a single exercise and always eat something before you hit the gym.
If you don’t follow these steps, Jim said, “You could burn muscle for energy; you never want to do that.”
Like most people, Kimberly is ecstatic about this new workout plan!
“You just made my day! No cardio! I’m the happiest girl in the world,” Kimberly gushed.
OK people before you start jumping for joy and ditching your cardio routine… lets clear some things up!
The main use of cardio is to burn calories and strengthen your heart. Cardio also increases your endurance.
While I DO believe that there is such a thing as TOO MUCH cardio; I wouldn’t cut it out completely. I never let my clients exceed 45 mins of cardio. This can lead to muscle loss.
If you are ONLY going to do 10 repetitions like he is saying then you better get some really difficult exercises and challenging weight. Otherwise you aren’t going to burn as many calories as you might by doing increased repetitions.
Nutrition is KEY. If you cut out the calorie burning that you were getting from the cardio machine then you MUST eat clean, healthy, low fat meals. OR you run the risk of gaining weight because you aren’t necessarily burning as many calories. Over time you WILL gain muscle mass and speed up your metabolism (I agree with that). However, that doesn’t happen over night. There should be a gradual rise in your calories as you gain muscle mass. That should be based on you muscle mass (which can be checked by any personal trainer).
I disagree completely with working out no more then 1 hour per week. How in the world are you suppose to acheive gaining muscle mass in less then 1 hour a week (this part just screams SCAM).
The moral of the story is… if it sounds TOO good to be true then it probably IS! However, the best thing to do when you read about the (ever changing) fitness fads is to take a little bit of each fad with you. Take the good points, the logical points with you. This way you are always learning changing and staying fit! Here’s a hint…. if you don’t really know what the “good, logical points” are; KEEP READING MY SITE… I will keep you informed. If you have questions, please write in and let me know. I’ll be happy to help!