Thursday, July 30, 2009

When More Isn't Better (Part 2)

Today's post is about more exercise not necessarily being better if you're trying to eat well and lose body fat. Today I taught two really intense classes - Step this morning and then, just before lunchtime, an absolute thumper of an RPM. I really make a point of pushing the envelope in my classes because I believe that if a participant sees the instructor putting in the effort, it's a whole lot more motivating!

Well, I must have put in the effort and then some this afternoon because I am pretty hungry and hurting all over. It has felt like, despite fantastic nutrition in bigger-than-usual quantities, that nothing has "touched the sides" since lunchtime. I've bumped up the old intake a bit more tonight, but it's really easy to overcompensate calorie wise for the amount of exercise you are doing.

That's one reason I never recommend twice daily cardio to prospective clients, it's far better to exercise smart than to put in volume that's not really achieving any purpose. Runners call them "junk miles", smart figure chicks call it "mindless cardio".

Tomorrow I'm looking forward to catching up with Miss Shelley - she's going to encourage me to go for the grunt with a chest workout tomorrow. From the sounds of it though, I'm going to have to bring a cane and a wheelchair so she can manage her DOMS :)

5 comments:

ss2306 said...

Make sure your hair is done tomorrow honey cause you won't be able to lift your arms above your head on Saturday (hehehe).

Can you make contact in the morning to make sure I'm still alive cause shit I'm hurtin' already!!

Kerry W said...

Can't wait to hear what you pump out for your 'grunt workout' for chest. Enjoy!

KatieP said...

No mindless cardio for this chicky - I am a devotee of less=more.

Kek said...

You'll have to go round and haul her outta bed, Liz!

I'm never training with that chick - she's scary! ;o)

Ashwee said...

Hey Liz,

I am always so carb-hungry when I do a lot of cardio. And then if I eat more carbs, as you mentioned, I often over-do it and feel crappy (hence reversing the feel-good feelings that the exercise has brought me)...

I am always wary of bodybuilding types who advocate 2+ hours of cardio a day to get fat off... and they're usually pushing long-low intensity workouts. Frankly I'd rather thump out a good 45 mins to an hour of high intensity effort than wasting my time in the infamous "fat burning zone"...

Love your posts!