Cardio or not cardio to get cut is an open debate, but what exactly is cardio? Most people, the ones running hours on treadmills or ellipticals, believe that cardio is exclusively an aerobic alactic exercise, like jogging at 120 ppm.

But it’s not.

Cardio is any exercise that raises your heart rate, so what if I told you that heavy squats or dead lifts are actually better cardio exercises than running or a treadmill while texting on your phone?

Every time you do compound exercises with low reps you create an oxygen deficit and significantly raise your heart rate, without wasting time, consuming your muscle glycogen or excessively raising your cortisol. And without stimulating that carb craving typically experienced after an hour on a cyclette.

Cardio exercises are squats, dead lifts, lunges, barbell rows, just to cite a few. But really any exercise with enough intensity is cardio. Reduce the rest between sets during your barbell curls, push any sets to the limit and your pulse will skyrocket, that’s cardio!

And it’s all you need to lose weight, together with a proper diet of course.

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