the recent thread debating the amount of cardio that works for women (depending on their goals) spawned by the “t-men are from mars” article has had me thinking all week about how much cardio i should be doing. i don’t have the desire to enter competitions, my goals are to lose 10-15#s of fat, increase my muscle mass moderately, and maintain a fit physique. i don’t want to go through an ardous 12 wk cutting phase, i want to lose these last pounds and keep them off. common sense tells me that 4-5 cardio sessions a week (i have been doing the max-ot program; 5 day split of heavy lifting, concentrating on compound movements, coupled with 16 minute INTENSE cardio sessions. i had been doing a 6-10 of those sessions a week, but just haven’t had the time the last two weeks, only fitting 3 in.) will help me achieve and maintain my goals.
what do you good folks who stay in tip-top shape, but aren’t competing, recommend for a solid year round cardio regimine?
ps- and yes, i have finally figured out how important nutrition is, and boy does that suck! but, if that’s what it takes, that what it takes . . .