If you want to build muscle, do you perform cardio? I know there are plenty of people out there who swear black and blue that cardio is definitely not going to assist in building muscle. In fact, many people would suggest that cardio will necessarily hamper muscle gain. I disagree.
There is plenty of research out there to suggest that cardio, nutrition and resistance training can work together to symbiotically enhance the muscle building process. In fact, there are several specific advantages to cardio that are often overlooked. High intensity cardio can:
- Enhance your weight lifting performance
- Improve your fitness to further improve lifting performance
- Boost your general health (this is an obvious benefit to building muscle)
- Induce anabolic hormone secretion
- Develop your mental strength and focus in the weights room
And of course high intensity cardio has the added benefit of significant fat loss!
But I don't want you to take my word for it. I recently published a comprehensive review of a number of studies on the benefits of cardio when building muscle, entitled "Cardio & Bodybuilding - Good for Muscle Growth?"
This month, Australian IronMan (a leading Australian bodybuilding and fitness magazine) just published this article on pages 94-96. You can buy it at your local newsagent or alternatively read the online version of "Cardio is Not the Enemy"
At the end of the day, if you want to obtain maximum results, you need a balance between all aspects of training. This includes cardio, nutrition, weight training and recovery.