Without a doubt, this is one of the questions most frequently asked by people who work out at gyms. Quite often, people are afraid they will lose muscle mass with cardiovascular exercise.
If this sounds like you, don’t worry about it, because muscle doesn’t disappear that easily.
As I mentioned in the article Myths about sports and nutrition: Part 1, muscle mass is usually lost only in situations of malnutrition and degenerative muscle diseases like sarcopenia.
Another case where you might lose muscle mass is if you run ultramarathons of 100 km in the desert and your diet isn’t the right one for that type of exercise.
But if you don’t suffer from any muscle-related pathologies or run ultramarathons in the desert, you can do cardio work without any danger of losing muscle mass. You’ll also gain the following benefits for your weight training sessions:
1. Your muscles will be more oxygenated from the cardio work, which will have a positive impact on muscle recovery between weightlifting sets.
2. Aerobic and anaerobic training will cause your body fat level to decrease. Your muscles will also be more defined and your body esthetics will improve.
3. You’ll be more agile when doing exercises that make use of your body weight, like pull-ups.
Now you no longer have an excuse to not do cardio work!
You should also know that cross training, which blends strength training with cardio work, is one of the healthiest and most effective ways to do cardio.
One example of combining strength training with high-intensity endurance training is CrossFit. If you’d like more information on this famous method, check out the other articles on our blog, like How to start training with CrossFit.
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