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Will Aerobics Stop You From Building Muscle?

by Shawn LeBrun
Personal trainer
Natural Bodybuilder

Did you know that how you set up your aerobics could have a huge impact on building muscle? It's true, if you fail to set up your cardio correctly, you could end up losing a lot of hard-earned muscle mass.

Keep reading and you'll learn below how you must set up your aerobics program so that it doesn't negatively interfere with your weight training routine.

People commonly do aerobics to strip off body fat and get lean. It's also used with a proper resistance training program. The combo of the 2 will help you gain muscle, increase strength, and tone up.

But the key to cardio is moderation. Let me ask, do you even need to do cardio? Many people don't do it now. But unless you're doing a very fast-paced weight training workout, you may not be doing enough for your heart, lungs, and other parts of your ciculatory system.

It's important to focus on your cardiovascular health as much as anything else you do. Aerobic training uses oxygen to burn fuel. And doing cardio on a tread mill, stairstepper, or bike is actually better at improving cardiorespiratory fitness than weight training.

In fact, 3 to 4 times a week at 15 to 20 minutes per session is enough to keep your heart and lungs healthy.

But there's a downside to cardio when it comes to building muscle. Sure, cardio burns body fat but if you do too much of it, you could run the risk of overtraining. That's when you don't give your body enough rest and recovery time.

When that happens, building muscle or gaining strength is tough. With a lot of cardio, you're burning off calories that your body could have used as energy to build lean muscle. So the combination of overtraining and using up calories could mean difficulty in building muscle.

Now, short, intense cardio sessions will burn more body fat than will weight training. Weight training helps to burn fat in the long run, since the more lean muscle tissue you have, the more calories you burn, even at rest. But for short term fat loss, cardio is more important than weight training.

So if you want to improve your heart AND shed a few pounds, its important that you do some form of cardio.

Unlike what you may have read in one of the muscle mags, you do not have to spend hours doing cardio to see results. In fact, doing too much cardio will have a negative effect on your chances of gaining muscle.

Your sessions should be intense and brief. No more than 15 to 20 minutes is all that's required to keep you from overtraining. That's also enough to achieve greater muscle definition and build a lean, toned physique.

The best time to do cardio is after your weights, not before. If you end up doing cardio before your weight training, you'll lose a lot of energy that could have been used for lifting heavier weights.

Heavier weight is more effective at building muscle, so you'll definitely want to do cardio after your weight training. For cardio to be effective, make sure you keep it short and intense and soon you'll be noticing the results in the mirror.

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