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Is cardio right for me?

#1 Postby bodyartt » Fri Jun 27, 2014 9:54 am

I am currently 143 pounds at 5'10".... But I still have some belly fat. I plan to do 20 minutes of HIIT 2 days per week. Is this advisable...will it help shed the belly fat? Or will it burn muscle? I am already low body weight and my objective is to increase it to 160 pounds. Should cardio be avoided?

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Re: Is cardio right for me?

#2 Postby VeganBadass_CO » Fri Jun 27, 2014 2:35 pm

Mixing in some HIIT is good in my opinion for building functional muscle mass, kicking up your heart rate a bit and a bit less calorie consuming (a little any way) than doing full on cardio running, aerobics, etc.

BUT probably won't just target some fat loss in you middle, but all over...lean you up - which sounds like isn't really your objective.

Belly fat can be a symptom of some nutritional changes. In particular, carbs, but not just carbs in general, but both what are the sources of carbs, and when you're eating them....

So...bit more info on your diet might be useful...

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Re: Is cardio right for me?

#3 Postby HIT Rob » Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:18 pm

bodyartt wrote:I am currently 143 pounds at 5'10".... But I still have some belly fat. I plan to do 20 minutes of HIIT 2 days per week. Is this advisable...will it help shed the belly fat? Or will it burn muscle? I am already low body weight and my objective is to increase it to 160 pounds. Should cardio be avoided?


HIIT indeed well ramp up your metabolism, however HIIT is "HIGH IMPACT" high intensity exercise, so if you value the well being of the joints and connective tissues, i strongly recommend avoiding it.

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Re: Is cardio right for me?

#4 Postby bodyartt » Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:11 am

VeganBadass_CO wrote:Mixing in some HIIT is good in my opinion for building functional muscle mass, kicking up your heart rate a bit and a bit less calorie consuming (a little any way) than doing full on cardio running, aerobics, etc.

BUT probably won't just target some fat loss in you middle, but all over...lean you up - which sounds like isn't really your objective.

Belly fat can be a symptom of some nutritional changes. In particular, carbs, but not just carbs in general, but both what are the sources of carbs, and when you're eating them....

So...bit more info on your diet might be useful...

whole wheat bread and rice....maybe this is forcing the body to store fat even though I am underweight?

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Re: Is cardio right for me?

#5 Postby bodyartt » Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:12 am

HIT Rob wrote:
bodyartt wrote:I am currently 143 pounds at 5'10".... But I still have some belly fat. I plan to do 20 minutes of HIIT 2 days per week. Is this advisable...will it help shed the belly fat? Or will it burn muscle? I am already low body weight and my objective is to increase it to 160 pounds. Should cardio be avoided?


HIIT indeed well ramp up your metabolism, however HIIT is "HIGH IMPACT" high intensity exercise, so if you value the well being of the joints and connective tissues, i strongly recommend avoiding it.


either way I think it is better to avoid cardio for now. 143 seems too low. Maybe at 160....

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#6 Postby C.O. » Mon Jun 30, 2014 1:08 pm

Cardio is good for your over-all body conditioning and health. Limit it, just get that heart rate up, 20 mins is probably too long, I'd say keep it in your routine but cut it down to 10 mins.

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#7 Postby tylerpc73 » Mon Apr 04, 2016 2:45 pm

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Re: Is cardio right for me?

#8 Postby jenng » Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:20 pm

If you are trying to gain weight cardio is not the way to go cardio helps you lose weight I agree with doing HIIT and lift instead of cardio. Lifting will help you get big the fastest.


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