I know everybody has some feelings on the subject and it seems that a lot of T-Peeps are interested in the dealyo with the ol’ Cardio, so I thought I’d ask a few questions of my own. First off, JB, I hate to call ya out, bro, but your expertise and experience is high-caliber and I was hoping you could drop a bomb of knowledge on me too. It’s known that you do a cardio session after weight training, but I remember you mentioning that if time permitted you would prefer to do it at a separate time. So, if you had the option, when would you do your cardio? And I don’t believe you ever mentioned at what intesity level you get the ol’ ticker going? I would like to hear some other opinions on the subject as well, as far as general feelings on performing cardio, timing (after training, separate session, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach), intensity levels, personal experiences and just any thoughts you guys/gals care to share.
Just to share my recent experiences: I have been doing cardio first thing in the AM on an empty tank for the last four or five weeks, on non-training days and maybe one training day (separate session) for three days/week. I do 15 minutes at a varied pace on a recumbant bike, then get on the treadmill for 20 minutes, and vary the intensity from a jog to a run. My heart rate gets up to about 75% but since my intensity is varied, that’s probably the peak. I have been consuming at or slightly below the calorie level I had been prior, actually increasing calories over the course of the weeks (currently at a little over 3200). As far as training, I have been making progress at a slow but steady rate. I was just trying to cut a little bit more, seeing that I had been eating at about the same level for an extended period and wanted to provide somewhat of a shock. I do believe, by experience only, that I’m about as lean as I’ve been and probably skating around 5-6%.