For the average person trying to lose fat, it will make no difference whatsoever when they do their cardio with all else being equal. With all else being equal (same total caloric deficit being created, etc. So on cutting, where I used to do MORE BJJ, I now do about the same or even a bit less, and let conventional cardio take up the slack. Click for my guide to building training programs. That depends on your individual goals. I’m starting thinking that my running is affecting my goal of mass gain. Awesome. Early phase changes by concurrent endurance and strength training. —Chris G., Effingham, IL. I’ve been losing 0.5 lbs a week consistently. Also, read a study about how doing 20-30 min after weights improves blood vessel elasticity. Your net calorie intake should end up at whatever it needs to be for your goal. ), it’s not really going to matter when you end up doing the cardio. It seems like a simple function of math to me. It depends on all kinds of stuff, all of which are specific to you. I also change my workout from a 10-12 rep to a 6-8 reps. What do you recommend? All about finding something that you like, fits your schedule, and of course… is beneficial for your goals. A cutting diet is a popular diet among bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts who want to maximize weight loss but maintain muscle mass. Any thoughts? However, on your rest days, your maintenance requirements are considerably less at only 2100-2200. Thus, interference is not an issue with low-intensity cardio. You’re simply not in a caloric deficit. Thanks. For example… 1. It might be helpful from a recovery standpoint to stop doing them (or cut down). It combines heavy weight training with 3 days of cardio, and 1 day of rest. You’ve got the “Laymen” way of writing down pat and so ease to understand. Even if it’s healthy food, doesn’t matter for fat loss. I cut it out when I originally started weight training and I really missed it. But weight training > HIIT for that by quite a bit. Building muscle while training for some kind of endurance heavy sport is definitely not an ideal combination. Now my question is: should one day per week be completely OFF? It always depends on individual needs, goals and preferences… and you’re the only one who has that information. I have a question related to Cardio.. they say that cardio also helps us to keep our heart beat healthy and does not make us that tired if we have to climb stairs or any physical strain? For 99% of people, it’s going to be weights. So like Monday-B Wednesday-Missed A due to track meet Friday-A? So I guess my answer for you is… maybe. How many calories should I be eating a day. What a fantastic article, Jay! So that killer ab routine you did yesterday? 1. 1700 Calories is hard to stay under and eat enough! All other things being equal, I think I’d rather be burning more calories—it’d give me a bit more leeway on the diet front, and it would make it easier to reach my target protein intake. If so, I've written the ultimate guide to getting the results you want without a gym. So I’m stuck with this dilemma now, to run or not to run. Finally, a source I can trust, without an agenda! If you’re overweight, 1 gram of protein per pound of your target body weight would be a good place to start. High-intensity, interval training. ?.If yes what would be the best time for taking it?? Jay, I will be training for a couple of weeks for a 5k…basically running 2 or three miles daily. Thank you ,very helpful My goal is to get stronger … what kind of workout I should focus on ? Allow me to answer as it’s my site and Eric isn’t here to respond. This is clear crystaline to me . Hey man. If a person needed to consume 2500 calories per day to be in an ideal sized deficit (just an example), and they burned 500 calories that day through cardio, they should eat 3000 calories that day (unless they happened to want to purposely create a larger deficit that day). But as you say it really depends on your goals, so in that respect this works for me.. for now! If hypertrophy is your main goal, it’s wise to perform cardio on non-lifting days in order to spare as much muscle tissue as possible. What Is The Best Way To Lose Weight Fast And Keep It Off? So, from that point of view, cardio on rest days would undermine muscle building to a certain degree. I know that’s likely because it’s easy to measure + has a very low barrier to entry. I’m thinking about 5-15 mins of threadmill jogging/briskwalking or something along the same lines. Hi thanks again for a great article. There is both a psychological component and a psychological component to this. Keep the intensity of your cardio session low. not "light cardio" it means rest- but I work 5 jobs and I am a professional dancer and I train in the gym- so for me- days off are legit days … Unless you notice that training the day after a meet kills your weight training performance, in which case adding 1 day between the meet and your next workout might be a good option. My tdee is 2750, and of current my strength level is lower than i want it to be while my BF % is too high. Not to say that interference will prevent someone from getting bigger, stronger, or more powerful, but if excessive cardio is performed it can slow down the process of building muscle, strength, or power in a dose-dependent manner. , (Disclaimer #1: Some very light and easy cardio can help reduce soreness.) I was thinking of maybe doing some cardio on those days, but I wasn’t sure if that was okay? It can be done at separate times of day, sure. Thanks for writing so bluntly…..bringing me back to common sense…..things I kind of already knew. This includes cardio, as I show in the article.Consider that the average strength training session may burn 200–300 kcal. The best exercise for cutting is to exercise self-restraint when it comes to eating.The purpose of your training is to tell your body to hold on to muscle; it is not there to create a calorie deficit for fat loss.If you try to burn more calories by increasing your training demands, you risk overtraining and losing muscle mass. If something is demanding to the extent it’s unsustainable, reduce the workload. I’d rather starve myself to death than do cardio. The majority of fat loss should come from the diet. I’m working on getting my friends on board by teaching them the info found on your website. I’ll have an article answering this in the near future. It contains beginner, intermediate, and advanced home workouts. I’ve also heard people say that the best thing to do on your off days is to just rest completely and let your body recover. Step 1 for this person is to reduce the duration, frequency, and/or intensity of their cardio so it’s less problematic. I am 5’5″ tall and weigh 160 pounds but it all rests at the belly. In the example of lifting 6 hours per week and doing 3 hours of cardio, you could perform two 30 minute HIIT sessions, 1 hour of moderate-intensity cardio, and 1 hour of low-intensity cardio as one way of doing the absolute maximum amount that should be performed. 2. By the way I am bulking so am not on a cutting diet. oh and what’s a realistic and healthy weight loss expectation per month? With me so far? I’m glad I am not the only one who hates cardio. And if I do them after weight lifting days, should I eat the same amount of calories that I eat during the training days? For health outcomes is walking “better” than cycling, ignoring calorie expenditure? That’s why I hate this question. You can talk with minor difficulty. Maybe some form of active recovery. Or, maybe you CAN create your deficit through diet alone, but you just don’t want to. I generally try to stick to the most strenuous program I can complete—50 minutes, changes in resistance every 2 minutes. Now let’s also pretend this goal of yours is to build muscle or lose fat (or both), as opposed to something like training for performance or a certain sport/activity. If you have some legit need that requires cardio OR a personal preference for doing cardio, then some can be done on your off days. Sure, but this is an article about cardio for fat loss for people with physique and strength goals. thanks for your greatness. Glad to see you approve of Brisk Walking. I deffinetely want to build more muscle though and I’ve been weight training for 7 months but can’t seem to lose the belly. Well, unfortunately, some of the same issues that come with moderate-intensity cardio come with high-intensity cardio. Thank you for the article, however it doesn’t address when to consider adding cardio in a fat loss phase, could you comment on that? The higher the intensity of the cardio… Maintaining the same balance of macronutrients on training days and rest days has proven to work best for us and our clients. Avoid long, medium cardio on your rest days unless you need it for sport. I would like to know how you would fit 2 football (soccer) training sessions a week around training. I wish you’d write a blog smacking down the myths about fat burning in regards to when you exercise. So if either of these examples describe you AND you have no other reason or preference for doing cardio, then your answer is pretty clear. Unfortunately, on your rest days you need to cut calories down to 1600-1700 to be at that same 500 calorie deficit. There won’t be any “starvation mode” nonsense, but yes, an extreme and excessive reduction in calorie intake can cause a variety of problems. Thanks!!! This experience has been quite common with clients. I used to neglect this fat loss advantage in the past. Push your intervals until you gasp for breath and feel the burn that seems to dissolve your tissue. Your cardio frequency should only be increased later on if you get deeper into your cut and are trying to reach significantly low levels of body fat, since you can only cut calories from your diet for so long before your intake becomes excessively low. The problem is that you don't take ENOUGH rest days and you don't time them wisely in your training week. I’ve been at at this several weeks now, and it’s demanding, especially with diet, since the cardio is taxing my limited energy intake. Hi Jay, I love this site and your articles are great! I find doing cardio in the morning is best for me, and it gives me plenty of time to rest before lifting. Are you trying to optimize recovery or minimize soreness? Another example would be people who do their off-day cardio in a way that makes it detrimental to their goal by cutting into recovery and making it harder for them to build muscle when that’s the goal, or maintain muscle when fat loss is the goal. One of the best articles I've read - I highlighted the complex routine that I'm currently doing on one or two of my rest days per week. And, due to my circumstances, I can’t really have any training at all on my rest days. As will a strained abdomen or any other muscle from your head to your toes. Light effort. Get cardio in on your off days or as far away from strength training as possible. It’s important to remember that eating on rest days is vital as it helps your body recover more efficiently. But what about those who want to do in same session? These again are examples where cardio can be done on your off days. Training requires progressive overload just as in weight training. So, you can deplete the muscle of its energy and also go into training with sore joints and muscles if cardio training is excessive. I usually hit every bodypart twice in 8-9 days. But do these strategies actually help you in the long run? In both of these scenarios, the only thing you truly need to do on your rest days is… rest. Thanks again Jay! Hi Jay, What is your opinion on circuit training vs cardio? Please keep questions on topic, write clearly, concisely, and don't post diet calculations. Earn rest days … For the rest of your cardio, keep it at a low intensity. If you also track the time spent performing the cardio, and if you know your body weight, you can estimate caloric expenditure with reasonable accuracy. (Disclaimer #2: But I still ain’t doing it.). Keep up the good work! See… a nice combination of “annoying, complicated and lacking in any real direct concrete advice” just like I promised. Extra protein? “They often assume that they don’t need as much fuel since they’re not exercising, but this can deter muscle protein synthesis that your body needs for increased strength and muscle mass.” Here’s a recipe suggestion for you: low carb pizza. Stay tuned. I’m so hungry these days I’ve been eating more food then before I started working out. Day 7 – Off. However, low-intensity cardio (if it doesn’t have an impact component, like cycling, or the elliptical) would be below the threshold of producing overload and therefore wouldn’t be an issue. Would your advice be definitely to lose these HIIT boxing sessions while I’m lifting (cutting), for best results? I am on a plan that involves a calorie deficiency built into my daily life. Is this likely to interfere with lower body recovery after lifting? Based on those factors, the potential answers can be all over the place and range from one extreme (do a lot of something) to another (do none of that same thing). Take a complete rest day on day 7 from the gym and cardio. I’m in the process of fat reduction, and I of course have a question. Also love your article. If your primary goal is to build muscle, then there is no need for doing any cardio on your off days. The reason for the different soreness is the lack of deceleration forces from the running now and the heavy rope being used by your body in a way it is not used to. (My visual guide here.)2. Q: I've heard that doing cardio will keep me from gaining muscle. Every day but Sunday. The 3 best options for cardio when bulking are: (1) keep it minimal and limit it as much as possible, (2) do low-intensity bouts between 15-45 minutes, or (3) do high-intensity bouts between 10-15 minutes. Eric Helms is a coach, athlete, author, educator, and researcher. Hence I compulsorily do cardio on off days despite being fairly skinny. Talking is maximally difficult. This will allow you to eat more food while cutting without compromising the deficit. Once a week? What about those who want to do cardio on weight training days? Eccentric actions are essentially when your muscle lengthens while it contracts, often performed when guiding a load into place or decelerating a load; like what your bicep is doing when you set down a coffee mug. I know, I know–“as long as it helps to put you back in that caloric deficit…” I guess, my question is a bit more nuanced than that. I know this would not be the most accurate way of reducing energy, but just wanted to have your opinion on this. The literature often refers to getting 10000 *steps* per day. My primary goals with this are cardiovascular health and increased endurance, to be clear. People tend to view their progress in arbitrary blocks of time–weekly, monthly, quarterly. Okay, so then what is appropriate for a cardio prescription? While it’s important to take in quality carbs, fats, and protein every day, here are the key differences for fueling for cardio vs strength training: I am not overweight by alot, I just have a belly that doesn’t allow me to look the way i want to. I can keep going. Unfortunately, I don’t know nearly enough about this stuff to have any idea whether these reasons are valid or not: – Will the extra few workouts a week increase my RMR? When lean bulking, you need to eat 20% more than your maintenance intake on rest days. To optimize a cutting diet, try drinking lots of water, eating fiber-rich foods, and doing cardio, among several other tips. There are a few things you have to watch out for. It's the perfect off-day treat. If you think that may interest you, Eric Helms, Andy Morgan and Andrea Valdez. HI andy, is walking considered as cardio? The problem is that your hip flexors were worked and haven’t recovered. In fact, the information you’ve laid out here (and in other writings…) is exactly the same foundational, sensible, scientific information I am currently reading in ‘Strength Training for Dummies’. where you’re lifting heavy weights in ways that need to be technically sound and pushing yourself to progress past whatever you did the previous time? I think I’ve found the balance now. I’m also running every day to build endurance for a sport I participate in, which after reading this article seems to be fine so long as the rest of training isn’t affected. Depends on your goals, what you were trying to accomplish by doing cardio in the first place, and what issues you think the cardio may have been causing. My question is this – I’m fat right now, I feel better after this first month of training than I’ve felt in a long time, and I’ve been raising my calorie deficit from 20% to 30% and still feel bloated after eating, like I’m eating too much in a day. A meta-analysis of 21 studies confirmed that the more days per week you do cardio, and the longer your cardio sessions are, the harder it will be to build muscle and strength. It depends on your goals and the volume and intensity of the cardio workouts you’re considering doing. It’s recommended to take a rest day every three to five days. Hi I have a question about cardio during a bulking phase. Honestly, I’d look at your workout and diet (and your execution of that workout and diet) before considering cardio to be reason for your lack of muscle growth. It depends on YOU and YOUR exact situation. Yup… it burns some calories, may help a bit with reducing soreness, puts very little stress on the body, and will have the least amount of impact (if any) on recovery. ), If you have an iPhone, click the Health app and then click on Steps. (1000 cal deficit) One Calorie point I would like to raise is that if I do 30min of brisk walking most calorie counters would give that about 230 calories burned. Can it be done? both mentally and physically for whatever you do first, and the opposite of that to some extent (more fatigued/weaker/etc.) If so, what do you think of them? If you have a question or comment about this article, or just want to give me your feedback on it, feel free to contact me directly by using the contact form here. 5K is not that far. This is because the calorie burn is relatively low for the effort you have to expend, so you have to do it repeatedly.But as a broader point, because of interference, cardio should not be the primary vehicle for fat loss, regardless of whether you perform low or high-intensity cardio. Similar metabolic adaptations can come from either HIIT or lower-intensity cardio performed for longer periods, but in less total time 5. There’s just a ton of individual factors specific to you that play a role in determining what, if anything, you should do on your off days from weight training. How can I avoid losing muscle while I train? In this case, the above advice would change since a true need for doing cardio has now presented itself. If your primary goal is to build muscle , then there is no need for doing any cardio on your off days . How I Stopped Stress From Killing My Training Progress, Advice For Getting A Better Night’s Sleep, What’s New And What’s Changed In The 2020 RippedBody Nutrition Setup Guide, A 6-Step Guide to Building Training Programs, How to Break Training Plateaus [Decision Tree & Checklist], How to Hit Your Macros Exactly When You Fall Short. You aren’t sore so you feel you can run. Don’t do any. Squats, deadlifts, presses, rows, etc. The cardio which will burn the most fat is the one you can enjoy and therefore sustain. Cardio can increase blood flow to these areas, which is one reason why you may have heard nutritionist Martin Berkhan recommend fasted walking on non-training days. Finding that ‘balance’ you mentioned is key. 3. may be 10 mins at speed of 6mph? Thanks again . If going for a walk to up your steps back to a regular, non-heavily-sedentary level, is safe and sustainable, I think that’s a good idea. What if you a skinny fat type of a guy whose aim is to lose fat and build muscle (goal is to get ripped ) then is cardio advisable on rest days? Pretty much. Take for instance the skinny guy/girl (aka an ectomorph and/or hardgainer) trying to build muscle who has a hard time eating enough calories to support growth. It just drives me nuts when folks want a cookie cutter answer/approach to everything. I keep split squats and RDLs in my program mostly just so I’m guaranteed to be too sore the next day to consider doing cardio. On rest days, it’s common to dramatically cut calories, avoid all carbs or cut your water intake to avoid gaining water weight. We suggest breaking your cardio into two 60-minute segments and using the rest of the time for warm-ups on strength-training days. When cutting, you need to eat 20% less than your maintenance intake on rest days. I lift three times a week, and as a student on a limited budget who also enjoys partying. How long would you recommend trying/testing this approach? Below is a chart displaying the number of calories burned during 10 minutes of cardio activity at 3 different levels of intensity for individuals at 3 different body weights: Now if this hypothetical 200 lb (90 kg) male really enjoyed food he might think, “Hold on, if I did an hour of moderate-intensity cardio a day, that would put me slightly over a 3500 kcal deficit per week and I would be able to lose a pound weekly which is at a rate of ~0.5%. 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