The Great Cardio Myth: Why Cardio Exercise Won't Get You Slim, Strong, or Healthy - and the New High-Intensity Strength Training Program that Will

The Great Cardio Myth: Why Cardio Exercise Won't Get You Slim, Strong, or Healthy - and the New High-Intensity Strength Training Program that Will


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The Great Cardio Myth uncovers the science behind cardio and why, despite popular belief, it is an ineffective workout for weight loss and overall health.

Today, we are heavier and more out of shape than ever—and likely suffering from overuse injuries incurred from years of prolonged cardio exercise. New research is showing that long cardio and endurance workouts do not get us slimmer or stronger. They do not promote longevity or protect against heart disease. In fact, they may do the opposite by putting excessive strain on our heart, joints, and muscles and slow our metabolism.

The Great Cardio Myth will show you how to get the same or better fitness results in one-fifth the time of a typical cardio session and debunk unproductive exercise habits.

With The Great Cardio Myth you will learn to:

  • Lose weight (and keep it off) in just a few short workouts per week.
  • Keep your metabolism active for hours after a workout.
  • Strengthen and protect your heart, joints, and muscles.
  • Burn through belly fat—and other stubborn areas quickly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592337392
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Publication date: 01/01/2017
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, M.Sc., is a Strength & Conditioning coach, creator of the bestselling Turbulence Training plan. Craig also has an advanced research background, completing a Master's of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from McMaster University. He is a contributing author to Men's Health and Women's Health magazines, and a member of the Training Advisory Board for Maximum Fitness and Oxygen magazines. He is also the creator of the lifestyle blog, Early to Rise.

Chelsea Ratcliff is a graduate student at the University of Utah in Health Communication. She is specializing in how health research is employed by health professionals and the media to guide health-based behaviors and recommendations. She has been a freelance health/fitness writer for several outlets, including U.S. News & World Report.

Table of Contents

Foreword Alwyn Rachel Cosgrove 4

Introduction 7

Part I The Major Myths

1 Running the Wrong Way: How America Was Fooled By the Cult of Cardio 15

2 The Weight Loss Scam 31

3 Why Cardio Won't Make You Live Longer 45

Part 2 The Minor Myths

4 Going Through the Motions: Why Cardio Fails the Human Nature Test 65

5 The Fabled Fountain of Youth 81

6 1 Mile ≠ 1 Cupcake 97

7 Strength Training: The New Running for the Over-Forties 111

Part 3 A Better Way

8 Your New High-Intensity Training Program 129

Bodyweight Workouts 131

Interval Training Workouts 141

Metabolic Resistance Training 146

9 What You Eat Matters 157

Further Resources 167

Glossary 168

References 170

Acknowledgments 186

About the Authors 186

Index 188

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