Strength, Intensity and Cardio: In a world of “ors”

My health.  So far so good.  I am currently not inflamed. I’m not sick.  I can breathe.  No asthma attacks.  No exhaustion. No weakness. And with that I have been slowly stepping up my fitness goals.

I reached a plateau which I’ve talked about many times before.  Becoming a vegetarian/ pescatarian 95% of the time  has increased my energy tremendously.

I’ve decided to add steady state cardio to my fitness platform.  It’s always weightlifting or running.  Boxing or weightlifting.  I mean walking. Not intense but non-stressful steady walking.  Why?  I don’t have a naturally fast metabolism. I don’t eat and lose weight quickly.  I want to increase my lung capacity so that I have more stamina.  I have to work and in some ways it sucks but it also makes me work and not take anything for granted.  As some of  you know, I already box twice a day, two times a week.  And it’s definitely high intensity, painfully grueling thanks to my MMA coach Alex Higley at MMA gym Higley Fit.   Additionally I’m starting to lift really heavy on other days with the guidance of my trainer Ricky Burk, my mentor and trainer.  Deadlifts, Hip thrusts, circuit variations, and compound movements is my concentration. When I got hurt because of lack of glute strength, I also followed Bret Contreras, the infamous glute guru and discovered the importance of glute strength.  It also comes with of course the aesthetic benefits.

The contradiction of cardio and lifting.  Also the myths behind boxers that shouldn’t lift. Weightlifters shouldn’t run. Blah, blah blah.

I’ve never been a good rule follower, and expelling all myths by just doing it.

Check out this article:  https://www.bodybuilding.com/content/a-new-breed-of-athlete-be-a-strength-runner.html

Or this one: https://www.verywellfit.com/cardio-and-weight-training-and-fat-loss-3498325

Getting back to strength takes time, eating nutritious foods and consistency.  I was fit for a very long time.  I’m still fit but I’m not at the elite level I strive to be at.  With all the days of being sick, I took a real nose dive.  It feels good to be back in the game.

Thanks for listening,

Ciao,

L.

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