I’m fairly new to EDT but I’ve trained this way a long time . . . I just didn’t know I was doing EDT.
First, I think there’s a real misconception out there that EDT has to equal PAIN and FATIGUE. Here is Coach Staley quoted from an interrview on this site:
Q: You talk a lot about thinking outside of the box and doing things just opposite to what are considered laws or dogmas. So, what’s the most mistaken notion in bodybuilding and strength training? Blije
A: Easily the most mistaken notion in bodybuilding and strength training is the idea that training, in order to be effective, must result in high levels of pain, fatigue and soreness. I’ve written a lot about this, but essentially you want to seek performance, which is best accomplished my managing fatigue. In other words, the intensity and volume of work determines the training effect. That work does create some level of fatigue of course, but the residual after-effects of training shouldn’t be the focus. Your level or soreness does not predict the effectiveness of a training program!
Second, if I’ve learned anything from the EDT articles it is that most of the old rules don’t apply. So, for example, I think weightlifting and “aerobic training” can be thought of as antagonistic. So, there’s no reason why they can’t go together. It’s all about the energy.
Third, and finally, I would recommend that you look into some of the material written on cardio workouts. Here’s another quote taken from an article on this site:
In my opinion, long sprints, 200-400m (even 800m) with short rest intervals are best when it comes to losing fat while minimizing the potential for muscle loss. Most people wanting a great physique should engage in this type of activity. Furthermore, a recent study concluded that 400m running actually involves the aerobic energy system and lead to improvement in max VO2 similar to long, slow-pace aerobic work.
I do sprints up hills (50-60 meters) and I can tell you that it has improved my overall fitness and goes along well with EDT. In fact, I sprint and swing a kettlebell at the top of the hill which is using antagonistic muscles.
Hope that helps.