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The Truth About Aerobics and Six Pack Abs

Aerobics…good or bad?


Depends on what your purpose is.

If you’re looking to lower your body fat percentage to the point where your six pack can’t help but show through, you may be surprised to learn aerobics aren’t as optimal as they seem.


Truth is, aerobics will help you burn calories. Yet, many trainees fail to realize aerobics come with many pitfalls. Many don’t realize this until it’s too late.

Before I get into that, let me clarify what I mean when I say “aerobics.”

I’m referring to “low-intensity” activities such as: walking, running, cycling, swimming, stair master, etc. These are all activities I personally enjoy very much. They make you feel good when you do them and there are some benefits associated with them.

However, when it comes to fat loss (which equals a sexy six pack), there’s a few pitfalls associated with them.

First, your body adapts quickly to aerobic exercise. For instance, two years ago when you started running, you may have burned 500 calories on a 60 minute run. Yet over time because your body adapted, you’re now at 400 calories.

Secondly, aerobic exercise doesn’t have what is called the “after-burn effect.” You probably already know the number of calories you burn throughout the day is more important than the amount you burn during your workout. This is what the after-burn effect is all about – burning as many calories as possible “after” your workout.

Studies have shown you can burn calories for as long as 24 hours after you workout.

This is where some cardio falls short.

Let me give you a hypothetical situation:

Take someone who uses cardio as their primary source of exercise, with no weight training at all: The person does three, 60 minute jogs per week. We’ll be generous and say this person will burn 500 calories per workout (definitely a stretch as jogging typically burns 250-300 calories in 60 minutes). Because the intensity is low, there’s no after burn effect – Resulting in about 1500 calories burned per week.

There are 3,500 calories in one pound of fat.

Put on your math hat for a second and figure out how long would it take the above person to burn one pound of fat?

If you guessed approximately two and half weeks you’re right on the money.

Pretty slow right?

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy a good run just as much as the next guy. Yet, it’s important we stay focused on our purpose – lower our body fat percentage low enough so our two, four, and six pack begins to show through.

It’s obvious from the above example, aerobics isn’t the optimal way to do so. Low intensity cardio does have it’s place and can be used in certain situations, just keep in mind there are typically “smarter” methods to start out with when it comes to getting your six pack abs fast.

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