All posts tagged: #NoToCardio

TEAM STRONG GIRLS Biweekly Progress

I’m so proud to share Loretta E’s awesome progress! She came to me 6 short weeks ago from Winnipeg, MB looking to lean out despite being incredibly active. Upon reviewing her questionnaire/profile, I was very impressed with her level of commitment to fitness that all we needed to do was implement more fundamental Strength Training into her program and move away from the conditioning/cardio that she was accustomed to doing. In just a few short weeks, we’ve managed to drop 11 lbs along with 2 inches around her waist, 2 inches around her hips, and 4 inches around her thighs. More importantly the visual transformation is phenomenal and we just started getting into all of the fun stuff such as emphasizing tempo and continuous tension to her muscles along with food flexibility (i.e. Free Meals, PWO Ice Cream, etc.). Loretta says, “Coach I am so excited!!! My face is leaning out and I’m also wearing full sleeved shirts for the first time in years because I don’t feel like a sausage. My shoulders are starting …

Strictly Cardio for Fat Loss…I don’t like it.

Cardio. The topic of weight loss always seems to go hand in hand with cardio as a primary workout and it is so…wrong. For the record I do NOT like traditional cardio (i.e. steady state cardio). I do not like it because it’s boring but mainly because cardio is the most overused activity that yields the least results yet time and time again, across all the mainstream fitness facilities in North America, there are countless of treadmills being used for the pursuit of weight loss and, ironically, never enough squat racks or benches. I field so many inquiries from potential clients confused as to why their results are lacklustre despite their time on the treadmill – herein lies my disdain for cardio. Let’s get it straight though, I prescribe cardio to create a deeper calorie deficit but only after diet and training structure is established. My very first choice for conditioning are Met-Cons followed by HIIT, then as a very LAST resort, I may prescribe some traditional cardio provided nutrition and training protocols are in place. Coincidentally most people use cardio as …