Just wanted to show you my favorite cardio machine. I like to pretend that I’m running on the moon with the high, slow bounces and weird stride this machine gives you.  ”That’s one small step for man and one giant leap for my booty” I say and then “whee”.  I haven’t done much cardio in the past couple months because I have been trying to put all my focus on getting bigger muscles.  And, I have learned (the hard way) that I only have so much energy, stamina and cortisol (let’s just call it “mojo”) to put into my workouts and sometimes you just have to choose.  You can’t do everything all at once, is what I’m saying.  Sure, I’d love to have muscles as pronounced as Monica Brant or Ava Cowan, with as little body fat as they have in the photos in the magazines (it’s pretty close to 0% it looks like).  But if I do enough cardio to get the body fat down to that, I won’t have the “mojo” for lifting the heavy weights for an entire workout (which is about an hour).  Even if I do the heavy weight first in my workout, keeping up doing a hour of weights and 30+ minutes of cardio on a regular basis will really deplete your adrenal glands (aka “mojo”) and leave your immune system very weak (you will feel tired all the time and can’t think straight).  Believe me, I’ve tried it.  That’s why body builders cycle bulking up and sliming down rather than trying to do both at the same time.  For several months they just focus on bulking up by lifting heavy weights and taking lots of rest in between workouts.  And then, a few weeks (12 or less) before a competition, they start dieting and doing lots of cardio.

Having said all of that—which explains my lack of cardio for the past few months—I have decided that a little cardio is still a good thing.  Cardio work is aerobic, that is it uses lots of oxygen.  And weight lifting (no matter how much you huff and puff) is more anaerobic. That is, it’s not all about cycling oxygenated blood through your system like cardio work is.  That is why experts are recommending short cardio workouts at the end of weight training workouts.  It’s not so much to burn calories (although that is a side effect and that’s why we keep it short), it’s about cycling that oxygen, which helps muscles recover faster (and it’s also good for the brain and the heart and the lungs, etc).  Sooooo, I’m going to be adding 10 minutes of cardio at the end of my weight training sessions from now on.  I will report back about how that’s going and if it helps improve recovery time and “mojo”.

For example, here’s my latest workout:

  • Ab Rocker (note: these new ab rockers at the newly renovated 24 Hr Fitness Clubs are much harder than the original versions!): 50 reps X 4
  • Mason Twists with Medicine Ball: 50 reps/8 lbs X 2
  • Crunch on Bosu with Medicine Ball Over Head: 50 reps/8 lbs X 2
  • Crunch on Bosu with Weight Plate OVer Chest: 25 reps/25 lbs X 2
  • Weight Machine With Side Twists (one set Right and one set Left of each): 25 reps/70 lbs, 30 reps/60 lbs X 2, 20 reps/70 lbs
  • Cardio on Adaptive Motion Trainer: 10 minutes, level 20, on toes, squeezing glutes

And here’s what I ate (went to a cookout/birthday party):

  • Breakfast (53 g protein): smoothie with bananas, frozen blueberries, 2 oz wheat grass (2 g protein), 1 packet frozen acai with added protein (7 g protein), 1.5 cups soy milk (10 g protein), 1 scoop Vega Sport Performance Protein (20 g protein), 1 scoop Spirutein (14 g protein) and 1 tsp L-glutamine
  • Snack: peanuts (15 g protein)
  • Snack: Jamba Juice Soy Protein Shake (20 g protein)
  • Lunch/Dinner (43 g protein): 2 boca burgers (26 g protein), one on a whole wheat hamburger bun (2 g protein) with onions, lettuce, mustard and a grilled pineapple.  Mock chicken (seitan- about 15 g protein) on skewer with eggplant and zucchini.
  • Snack: nori seaweed snack pack (2 g protein)
  • Snack: large handful of almonds, walnuts and raisins (15 g protein)
  • Snack: Peanut Butter Flavor Builder’s Bar (20 g protein)
  • Snack: Several vegan marshmallows toasted over the bonfire.
  • Snack: 1 Quinoa cake (15 g protein) and 5 sesame tofu sticks YUMMY!  OMG!!! (15 g protein) from Whole Foods deli
  • Total 198 g protein


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