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Can Cardio Build Muscle

Posted by Beni Cook
If cardio is your go-to for exercise and you’re wondering why you are not gaining more muscle, you may need to rethink your approach. Can cardio build muscle? There are many schools of thought around this, but the reality is that cardio can in fact burn muscle faster than it would support gaining it.

Cardio And Muscle

Frequent and intense cardio sessions such as running, can prevent you from gaining muscle. This is due to the same resources your body needs for growing muscle also being required during a cardio workout. This includes things such as great nutrition high in protein and carbohydrates.

The difference being that muscle is grown during rest periods between workouts and draws on those resources to do so. Should you engage in regular cardio in addition to strength training, the cardio session will have utilised the bulk of those resources. Leaving your body depleted of muscle building essentials.

So Should I Give Up Cardio?

Cardio still plays an essential role in overall health and forms part of any great work-out routine. When done in moderation in addition to strength training it is possible to achieve the results you want while still gaining the benefits of cardio workouts. If you’re solely focused on making large muscle gains, you may choose to opt out of cardio for the time being.

At Beyond Best Personal Training, we can help you perfect your workout routine and achieve the results you dream of. We will tailor your fitness plan holistically to address nutrition, sleeping habits, stress reduction and ensure you meet your goals. Whether you’re hoping for weight loss or muscle gains and definition, we have the tools to get you there.

Contact the dedicated experts at Beyond Best Personal Training today on 0438 589 842 and begin your journey to go beyond your best.

Beni Cook
Beni Cook is the Head Personal Trainer and Founder of Beyond Best. Beni is a health and fitness expert who develops individualised exercise programs that will meet your own short and long-term objectives, while providing information, advice and encouragement that will enable you to lead your healthiest life, every day.

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