In the world of hypertrophy or muscle mass gain, there is a much-talked-about fear: losing muscle mass because of doing cardio. This fear is neither true nor false, just have to see how we do the cardio: intensity, frequency, duration and type of actidad. If we check well these parameters the cardio should not assume a problem when it comes to gain muscle mass, but rather a help to define muscle.
The cardio is a predominantly aerobic activity and by its nature burn mostly fat and carbohydrates, but the amino acids in proteins do not get rid of be burned for energy, that Yes, the proportion that this contribution of amino acids is minimal, especially if the duration of the exercise does not exceed 40 minutes.
Muscle only brings amino acids to doing cardio when it sees the rest of fuels are finished. Is a kind of autocanibalismo, the body sees that power there is no and uses its own muscle structure to be able to continue to give energy and thus to keep moving us.
When are we going to use muscle as energy? on especially when begin scarce reserves or the contribution of carbohydrates and fats, what it means to be quite some time doing cardio so that we burn muscle significantly. If we do cardio a couple of days a week and the duration is not more than an hour and the intensity is half possibly the amount of muscle that you are burning is despicable.
But not all metabolisms are equal or personal situations. There are people who tend to burn amino acids before their metabolic characteristics, but equally they will need a good cardio time to do so significantly. That Yes, imagine that we are going to the gym at night and we have not eaten anything since noon, we have had a busy afternoon and we get to do weights and cardio. This situation is now different, surely our reserves of carbohydrates and lipids available are on the floor and if we extend the cardio if more amount of amino acids will be burned.
In summary, no fear to the cardio when what we want is to get muscle mass, otherwise, we will help to remove fat in the middle and make the muscles more notable. Just keep in mind, when and how to do it.
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