Insanity. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. How long have you been doing the same routine at the gym and hoping to see a different result?

It’s time to ditch that treadmill and elliptical you spend countless minutes on week after week hoping to shed that body fat.

Running has its benefits, and is a form of cardio I’ve seen by plenty of gym goers looking to lose a few pounds quickly. Sure, it increases muscular and cardiovascular endurance and burns lots of calories sometimes. But is it giving you the results you need?

Running has its downsides. From my experience, those who specialize in running (and running only) become weaker and lose muscle mass. When someone has less muscle mass that means there is a reduced metabolism. With a reduced metabolism you will end up burning less calories while at rest.

Running is a very high impact exercise that stresses bones and joints. There are plenty of lower impact alternatives.

The last thing I would tell a client to do is to run for an hour on the treadmill.

There are plenty of other options that are more beneficial for the goals and well being of the client. I am looking for the best bang for your buck. There are more effective exercises out there to maximize the training economy and time of my clients. I use exercises that will deliver the best results in the shortest time. For all of the runners who are training for races from a 5K to a marathon, I encourage you to try to incorporate these alternatives into your training. You will definitely see your times decrease; you will feel better and remain healthy throughout the process.

Try these alternatives instead.

Strength Training:

Strength Training builds strength and helps maintain/builds muscle mass. With increased strength and muscle mass, you will be able to burn more calories while at rest due to an increased metabolism.

Conditioning/Interval Training:

Adding conditioning/interval training burns fat and increases your metabolism.

These exercises burn tons of calories while avoiding the possible dangers with running, not to mention it keeps it different and fun. Some of the running alternatives that I would recommend incorporating into your training are:

– Kettlebell Swings

– Battle Ropes

– Ball Slams

– Sled Sprints

– Mountain Climbers

– Jump Rope

– Bodyweight exercises (Push ups, Squats, Lunges, Inverted Rows, etc.)

– Sprints (Hills or Flat land)

– The list goes on.

Nutrition:

With all of this being said, you can’t out run or out train a bad diet. Your nutrition has to be on point to be able to reach ANY and ALL fitness goal out there.

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