We've all been there, do I or do I not do some form of cardio after training? And if I'm going to do cardio, what is the best benefit I can get from it in the shortest amount of time? High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is all the rage these days but is it truly move effective for fat loss? Cardio can be done high impact at 70-90% maximum heart rate vs. low impact at 60-65% maximum heart rate. 

World renowned bodybuilding coach and nutrition expert Milos Sarcev breaks down the merits of high-intensity interval training vs. steady state cardio for fat loss.

Milos “The Mind” Sarcev, creator of the Hyperemia Advantage Training System, has competed in countless bodybuilding competitions throughout his career and he was known for his signature conditioning.  He has also prepared even more athletes for competition. So when it comes to cardio what does he prescribe for his clients? When you do high intensity you are going to burn fat and glucose vs. just burning fat doing low impact cardio, but which one is better?

The recovery periods for HIIT are typically as long as or longer than the high-intensity periods. These intense periods of effort followed by recovery allow you to blast your heart rate up and burn more calories than you would during a steady-state moderate-intensity workout.  After getting your heart rate up high you're going to burn more calories throughout the day.

 

Ultimately both methods will burn fat, but HIIT is going to be more taxing on the body than steady state low impact cardio. Both have been proven to be effective, so choose the method that best fits your lifestyle.

 

 

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