Ah, the Olympics… so inspirational. Plus some of the physiques are absolute outstanding. This photo came across my desk and I thought I would share it.
See the difference? I thought you might. (FYI – the same extreme difference in body shape holds true for men too.)
Now this might be a simplified explanation, but here’s the deal: You can either train hard or you can train long (you can’t do both). Marathoners run long distances (relatively slowly)and it takes a long time. Sprinters run a short distance (very fast) and it takes a short time.
The body makes adaptations to the given stimulus as illustrated in the image above.
So let’s say you want to lose some fat and you think “I know –cardio!”. Well, spending 30-45 minutes on a treadmill 3-5 times per week is about the same as running a marathon. Plus, there is no “after burn” effect – meaning your metabolism is not raised significantly post event.
But what if you did a couple rounds of relatively intense work for say 4-20 minutes (often referred to as “interval training”)? Studies have shown that short bouts of intense work (relative to you individual capacity) are 9X more effective at lower body fat – and the after burn / metabolic elevation lasts for around 48 hours.
So which will it be? Which body type looks better to you? The emaciated Crypt Keeper of the Super Hero?
(I’m not biased at all)
Just something to think about next time you are inclined to hop on a treadmill or go for a walk to “get in shape”.
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