By Michael Collins
What does an iPod have to do with fat loss? Well, a lot, if you tap into the zone!
High Intensity cardio is our preferred method of cardio here at MCNewsletters, being that it’s the most efficient and effective for form of cardio for fat loss.
The key in this type of exercise is to push yourself to the limit. Anyone who has done high intensity cardio properly knows how brutal it is.
To push yourself to the limit, you’ve got to push through the barriers of pain and fatigue. You know those gremlins that pop up during your cardio workout; the burning in your legs, the burning of your lungs, that feeling of “no more!”
Well, that’s where the iPod comes in. (Actually it’s the music itself that is the “active ingredient”. Your mode of delivery of music is irrelevant). Here are some things I’ve noticed in my own workouts, which clients have reported as well.
1) Pumping up your favorite tunes during the toughest part of the workout seems to increase your pain threshold. Basically, “getting into the music” carries you through the intense part of the workout, making the pain and fatigue less noticeable.
2) Listening to the right music also seems to allow you to work at greater intensity (without sensing pain and fatigue) for longer periods of time- “making time disappear”.
For High Intensity cardio, music can be better than any supplement on the market!
If you can improve on those two factors- increasing pain threshold to work at higher levels, and increasing the length of time you can sustain these higher levels, you’ll be unstoppable.
What kind of music is best?
The type of music depends on your own personal taste. Whatever music gets a rise out of you, something that makes you want to kick some ass tends to work best. Most people prefer something fast and rhythmic, which gets you in the zone.
How loud should the music be?
Well, obviously you don’t want to blow out your hearing, but most people report the best results with the volume turned up to higher than normal but comfortable levels.
Should I also use an iPod while weight training?
I personally don’t like using headphones while weight training. While weight training properly, sets are relatively short. You’re not really building up appreciable amounts of metabolic byproducts which cause pain or fatigue. I prefer to concentrate on the proper execution of each rep, and the feeling.
What cardio machines should I use and how should I set up the program?
In our Black Book of Secrets, we explain everything in detail and set you up with the most effective fat burning program to follow. We also provide several variations so that you can do it at home without equipment or in a fully loaded gym.
You can also check out my Cardio Series “High Intensity Cardio Secrets”, where you can pick up some basic tips and tricks to make your cardio more effective for fat loss.
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