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Get Shredded With Interval Cardio Training

The only six-pack you'll see will be the one in your cooler if you don't also strip the body fat around your midsection. We'd love to give you a magical strategy to strip body fat that doesn't involve straight cardio, but if you're pinching an inch or more, there really is no shortcut.

However, that doesn't mean that there aren't shortcuts, when it comes to cardio itself.

That's why you should be doing interval training. If you're not familiar with intervals, their easily explained as alternating periods of high and low intensity, resulting in burning more calories from fat, then other cardio strategies.

So, instead of jumping on a treadmill and going for a leisurely walk, like you may be accustomed to, you'll have to push yourself. After warming up for 5 minutes, you'll go near full speed for 1-2 minutes, followed by another minute or so of recovery time at a slower pace.

After a minute of recovery, kick it back up again, to near full speed for another 1-2 minutes. Continue this pattern until you've finished up a 30 minute session and begin to warm back down. Using interval training forces your body to work harder and burn a higher amount of calories, in less time.

Plus, if the treadmill is not your machine-of-choice, you can always transfer this strategy to any type of other cardio, whether it's running outside, pedaling on a stationary bike, or using the elliptical trainer.

The timing of your cardio session is also a very important factor in how effective it is. If you've eaten recently, your muscles will burn glycogen (stored carbohydrate fuel), circulating glucose and fatty acids for energy, but if you plan to hit up cardio right after a lifting session, during your lift, you've already used those sources of energy.

This will allow you to tap into your stored body fat much faster. Burning through those fat stores is vital in leaning out.

After your workout, especially if you've lifted weights, it would be a good idea to drink a MonaVie fruit drink, or something similar. This will help your body start the recovery process faster. Make sure to get a solid food meal, too!

A good example of a cardio schedule would be 3-5 sessions a week, depending on your body type, for no less then 30 minutes. Although, it also depends on your diet and how much you lift, so you'll have to adjust accordingly.

 

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