To Cardio or Not To Cardio – Why Slow Training is Making Cardio Obsolete

I don’t know about you, but no longer having to jump around while listening to the top 20, in a room full of strangers to be “in-shape” is possibly the best news I’ve heard in FOREVER.

Am I right?

Now if you’re someone who actually enjoys cardio, this may come as a shock, but for the rest of us, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for.

When it comes to exercise we typically think of:

Going for a jog.

Attempting to Zumba.

Possibly even Jazzercise. Omg… Jazzercise.

We’ve been taught to think doing “something is better than nothing” when it comes to exercise.  And most exercise is cardio based.

While it’s undeniably true that doing some form of exercise is definitely better than binging Netflix 5 days a week, as we dig deeper into the science of feeling younger and being healthier, it’s becoming painfully clear cardio is quickly becoming obsolete and here’s why…

For years we’ve been told that you have to add cardio to your strength training unless you wanted to “bulk up.”

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Not only does cardio not build muscle, but too much cardio actually erodes it.


This is why Slow Training isn’t simply about lifting weights. It’s about getting a better cardio workout than “cardio” itself.

When you slow train, you exhaust the muscle fibers that use oxygen to move, but you also exhaust the muscle fibers that use glycogen. This means your body has to convert glucose from your bloodstream, which balances the glucose levels in your body.  By balancing your glucose levels, you can prevent and even reverse diabetes!

Your heart and lungs work to support your muscles. And since the cardiovascular system is responsible for delivering oxygen to the muscles, the stronger your muscles, the stronger your cardiovascular system.

We can practically feel traditional cardio going out of style from here.

If you’re still not ready to throw in the towel on Cardio, here are 3 things to consider before taking your next Equinox class…

How much time do you want to commit each week?

The fact is, we’re busy. And not just everyday normal busy, but LA busy. Just getting somewhere is an event to plan for all on it’s own.

So when it comes to carving out time to do things we want to do, it’s no surprise that hitting the gym is one of the first things to get cut. Who can blame us?

With cardio, while you can burn up to 800 calories in one session, the more muscle on your body, the better metabolism you have. You burn more calories at rest when you strength train (and build muscle) than during a “regular” cardio workout. Suddenly, the idea of getting on that treadmill 5 times a week becomes unbearable really fast.

With Slow Training, it’s one and done.

No, but for real — you show up once a week for 20 minutes and that’s it. And the best part? It’s not a fad, it’s a real thing that actually works.

You are what you eat.

I get it, we ALL enjoy a good ceasar salad, maybe even a KALE caesar salad, but a sad salad (with light on the dressing, ugh) day after day can be a bit much — even for those of us who love our greens.

Weight training is by no means a get out of jail free card when it comes to making wise meal choices, but over the course of time, weight training has kicked cardio’s butt time and time again when it comes to long-term calorie burn.

Which means if you skip that lunch salad in favor of a burger from time to time, your body will still be burnin’ those calories —  especially after a training session, because your metabolism can stay boosted for up to 38 hours.

And in slow training you’re working the muscles to exhaustion, which means not only are you building muscle (aka boosting that metabolism), but you’re also working that cardiovascular system at the same time.

Best of both worlds.


Let’s get real: when we’ve retired and are on the beaches of Bali, the last thing we’re going to be thinking of is our exercise routine — especially if it’s long.

As we grow older, staying active is vital to our overall health and while all that jumping in cardio can wreak havoc on our joints (ouch), slow training is one of the most beneficial things we can do to maintain a healthy body and trim physique.

Because you’re moving slowly, you’re bringing the impact WAY down, while improving bone density and creating muscle-mass, which in turn cushions the joints to absorb more impact, making you less susceptible to injury overall.

In other words, all the things you’ll want, while still giving you plenty of time to sip those Piña Coladas on the beach showing off that killer beach-bod.

Ready to kick cardio to the curb?

Yeah, us too.

Come see us in DTLA – Echo Park and get 50% off your first workout – which covers a week’s worth of working out!  Snag your first sesh here.

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