Thoughts, Training

Training Focus: Conditioning and Cardio

I’ve always been a heavier guy, literally since forever. Chubby baby, chubby in elementary school, straight up fat in high school. Since then, I’ve become…less fat. And it was entirely due to paying attention to Conditioning and Cardio.

First of all, when I talk about Conditioning and Cardio, I am referring to different things. The official nomenclature might be different from my definitions, but as far as my understanding goes Cardio is general cardiovascular health and endurance pertaining to steady-state cardio exercises (running, elliptical, cycling, etc.) Conditioning, on the other hand, is a measure of endurance and recovery in reference to your specific sport, event, or discipline.

Cardio has always been key to my weight-loss success. This isn’t true for everyone, but my body responds quite well to jogging as a booster to my fat loss goals. And I have always used running as my go-to method for fat loss.

I hate running, which is why all my previous fat-loss has been temporary. As soon as i dropped 20-25 lbs, I no longer hated myself more than I hated running, and the motivation stopped. I had never heard of a training program in those days, and so I had no discipline to take up the slack when my motivation waned.

These days, I incorporate cardio as an accessory activity, aimed at promoting a slight addition to my calorie expenditure to help speed up some fat loss. My primary focus is now on conditioning.

In the case of the Linear Progression/ Giant Set method, conditioning is a key component of the training regimen. With set rest times between exercises, and super setting 3 exercises at a time, my conditioning is tested every training session, and has improved markedly since I began. The emphasis on set, and minimal, rest times, has done an enormous amount for my fat loss.

I also find, since conditioning is specific to events and disciplines, it feels much more dynamic and frankly, interesting and enjoyable, than steady state cardio exercise. I still finish every workout with 10 minutes of steady-state cardio (typically stationary bike or elliptical trainer) and try to go for a 5km run at least once a week.

I encourage you to try limiting your rest times to incorporate more conditioning work into your typical workouts, and to add cardio to your program. You will always be surprised by what your body can deliver once you push yourself out of your comfort zone.

That’s all for now, keep training hard!

Cheers,

The Bear

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Programming, Thoughts, Training

6 Week Program Wrap-Up & Looking Ahead

Way behind on posting! Sorry again, a thousand times.

Finished off my trial run of my 6-Week Program and I really enjoyed it! Anyone interested in trying it out, or looking for some help with programming or training feel free to contact me on FB or IG

The Program felt good, and I’m happy with the results. However, since my last post I’ve moved on to new things.

I’ve been running through Brian Alsruhes Linear Progression Program. It is a beautiful program, which challenges strength and conditioning. I have adopted his Giant Set principle into my primary training, and it has benefited me greatly. ┬áThe video is quite informative, and I encourage you to watch it.

My body weight spiked quite a bit when I came to Taiwan, rising up to 115kg, which is close to the heaviest I’ve ever been. That wasn’t doing anything for me. If you follow me on IG, you’ll know that I’m working on dieting down to the u90kg weight class for Strongman. I’ve come down from 115 kg to 100 kg, and I’m feeling fantastic.

Training is going well, and I am aiming to be at my target weight by November, when I plan on taking a Coaching Certification course offered by the best Strongman gym in Taiwan, Formosa Fitness.

Sorry for the long absence, hope this catches everyone up. I’ve got a lot coming up in the future, and I’m going to be more diligent with this blog.

That’s all for now, keep training hard!

Cheers,

The Bear