When I was 21 I made a big cardio mistake.
I started a summer break doing long cardio thinking it was the best way to stay fit for soccer. Instead, my muscles shrunk and I got weak.
Fortunately, I realized the problem before summer ended, stopped the useless cardio, and switched back to the workout methods that would eventually become the foundation for the Home Workout Revolution.
My energy, muscle, and vitality returned almost immediately, and I went on to have an amazing summer. That’s why it makes me so sad when I get this question every day on Facebook:
“Hey Craig, what’s the best cardio workout for fat loss?”
From the guy who wrote a book called “Just Say NO To Cardio”, this question always baffles me.
Listen, there’s a reason that the biggest fitness magazines (like Men’s Health) come to me for anti-cardio workouts every month… and I give them unique bodyweight workouts that no one else can think of…
Why? Because my short workouts are the best workouts for fat loss.
The rest of the fitness industry remains fooled, thinking you need hour-long workouts (either cardio or high-impact, knee-destroying jumping workouts).
But you don’t.
And here’s proof:
An American research study found that 300 hours of cardio per year helped men and women lose an average of just 5 pounds. That’s brutal.
It would take you over 50 hours – a full workweek of cardio – just to lose one stinking pound. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
So what is the best cardio solution?
Well, just 4 minutes of my workouts are 7 times better than cardio.
In a shocking study from the Journal of Applied Physiology in Nutrition and Metabolism (Volume 37(6):1124-31), Canadian researchers tested a Home-Workout-Revolution style program against 30 minutes of long cardio.
Two groups of college-aged women did 4 workouts per week for 4 weeks.
Group A ran for 30 minutes at 85% max heart rate (hard cardio!)
Group B did 8 rounds of 20 seconds of a single bodyweight exercise (burpees, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, or squat thrusts) with 10 seconds of rest between rounds.
Both training groups increased their aerobic fitness levels by the SAME amount (about 7-8%). That’s right, the short bodyweight workouts (of 4 minutes) worked just as well as 30 minutes of cardio even though they were SEVEN times shorter.
YET…it was only Group B – those that did the bodyweight exercises – that also increased muscular endurance in common exercises like chest presses, leg extensions, sit-ups, and push-ups.
And finally, this short, burst style of training used by Group B also resulted in greater overall workout enjoyment compared to the cardio group.
Scientists concluded that “extremely low volume bodyweight interval-style training” will boost cardiovascular fitness just as well as cardio while giving you BETTER improvements in muscle endurance…all in just 4 minutes.
That’s why I created the 4-Minute Miracle Fat Burners, NO-equipment bodyweight workouts that you can do anytime, anywhere, to get fit and lose fat.
These workouts are used by thousands of happy customers and brings results every time… and now it is your turn to trash the boring cardio and start getting fit in just 4-minutes.