Cardio Trade-Off

A lotof people have asked me to break down my sprint video after I posted it on Facebook, so here it is!

After all of the holiday eating and a super sinful cheat meals of soul food by-the-pound, the bf and I knew we had to go extra hard in the gym. We did our strength training first by working all of our muscle groups: arms, legs then core. Then we finished with some super charged cardio. We always do our weight training first and save cardio workouts to end or sessions. Why? Doing cardio beforehand would exhaust the body and cause one to not have as productive of a workout due to a depletion of energy stores (glycogen). Saving cardio for the end of a workout session allows the body to keep burning calories at a higher rate for 4-8 hours afterward. Also, this is a more efficient method for fat loss because it speeds up one’s metabolism and leaves the body feeling more energetic and refreshed throughout the day.

My sprints consisted of walking for 0.25 miles, then sprinting for 0.75 miles at 9.5mph. I did this until I completed one full mile of sprints.  (Usually, on days that are reserved for strictly cardio, I do this for three miles. ) Feeling great and sweating like crazy, I knew this cheat meal was well-earned!

Of course, as I write this post with a gut still full of terrible deliciousness, I know it’s back to my regularly scheduled programming of eating clean and training mean!  (Cue corny outro music)
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