Right to the meat.
We’re going to break down the difference between endurance exercise (like running or elliptical or biking) vs cross-training (circuit training, olympic weight-lifting, sprints, kettle-bells)
Cross training is a mixture of sustained effort on multiple joints (like hips, knees, shoulders, etc…) spiked with short bursts of all out effort like a shuttle run, you will gain:
- better cardiovascular endurance
- increased muscular endurance
- increased metabolism
- improved muscular strength
When you go for a long bike ride or run:
- improved cardiovascular endurance
- increased metabolism (smaller than cross training)
Your muscles will get good at going in a cycle in a bike ride but try a few sets of deadlift or squat and you will find that the bike ride had little to offer you in strength gains.
Shout out to a few people I noticed that are using the interval training method with Empowered Recreation and got outstanding results this past month. Damn, ya’ll are working so hard:
- Eric Vu down is at it again crushing his workouts and now down 6 lbs over the last month.
- Rebecca Hurt-Duyer getting ridiculously ripped while prepping for her first figure show April 19th.
- Jaime Valdez down under 200 lbs for the first time since he was in 9th grade.
- Travis Foster is down 11 lbs and 3.5 inches in waist in the first 5 weeks of training at ER.
- Tanya Dzhaforova also is absolutely on fire. She’s shown tremendous consistency and continues to impress with her strength gains.