Cardio is a Waste of Time for Fat Loss

by Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS on April 10, 2009 · 7 comments

By Craig Ballanty

ne, CSCS, MS 

While the mainstream fitness media still insists that aerobic exercise is a great way to lose weight, Turbulence Training users know that interval training is the better way to burn body fat and that cardio is a waste of time for fat loss. 

Still not convinced? 

A recent study published by the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, subjects aged 40 to 75 were instructed to do 60 minutes of aerobic exercise per day for 6 days per week for an entire year.  

Given the amount of exercise, you’d expect weight losses of 20, 30 pounds, or more, right? 

Well, the surprise findings showed the average fat loss for female subjects was only 4 pounds for the entire year, while men lost 6.6 pounds of fat over the year. That’s over 300 hours of aerobic exercise just to lose a measly 6 pounds of blubber. Not time well spent, in my opinion. 

So what’s the better way? Stick with Turbulence Training, using interval training and strength training to get better bodysculpting results. With intervals, you’ll achieve more fat burning results in less workout time.  

The next time you are out exercising, perform a session of interval training. If you are walking or running outside, find an incline that can challenge you for 60 seconds, then walk down for 60-120 seconds, and repeat up to 6 times. 

If you walk or run on a treadmill, adjust the incline or speed to safely increase the challenge for 60 seconds, then return to the normal pace for 60-120 seconds, and repeat up to 6 times.  

You can also use a rowing machine, bicycle or stationary bike, or even an elliptical machine to do intervals. 

But whatever you do, stay away from boring, ineffective cardio exercise workouts and stick with Turbulence Training for your fat burning program. 

About the Author: Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines. His trademarked Turbulence Training fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines, and have helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45 minutes three times per week. For more information on the Turbulence Training workouts that will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment, visit Turbulence Training for Fat Loss. 


[Editor’s Comments:  I don’t know about you, but I really HATE aerobic exercise! 


I prefer very short but intense interval workouts using a combination of bodyweight exercises and sprints.  Even in the cold-weather months, I would rather run in-place for 3 minutes than spend 30 minutes on the treadmill. 


I hope you spend your weekend doing short interval workouts and NOT long, boring cardio!  Have a safe and happy Holiday!]

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1 Kelly Rudolph April 10, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Awesome! You just gave me something new to perk up my workout! I love the elliptical machine but it seemed to fun to be worthy of my workout time. I’ll begin using it for interval cardio and add some excitement to my day! 🙂
Kelly Rudolph

2 Michele April 11, 2009 at 5:45 pm

This is great advice. It keeps working out interesting and your not always working out the same muscles. It is always so boring when you are going the same pace on a flat surface. I am going to be changing it up. Good thing I just moved into a hilly neighborhood:)

3 Robin De-Ivy Allen April 14, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Ah, this is so very true. I also know this firsthand. I spend years in the gym working out doing cardio–little results. Now I work on my resistance training. Ah, what a difference. Perfect information!

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