I've noticed that some challenge winners and some BFLers do more than the cardio and weight training that is suggested in the BFL book. I am used to doing exercise (more of it than what BFL requires) but I thought I had to stick EXACTLY to the book. Will I be getting better results if I add in extra cardio time or more weight training, etc? I used to do weight training circuits with bouts of high intensity (like jumping jacks) to keep my heart rate guessing. I would sweat tons. Now I do the regular workout and don't sweat at all and feel slightly sore.
Is it ok to add more time to the workout (not more days) or will I be hurting my results?
MandyMom, you can read about the same topic on the thread "Too much cardio?" from earlier this month also posted under The Gym. Dated the 10th of August if I am not mistaken.
Also the thread on 9th Aug. called "Can I excersize extra" under Crossing the Abyss. Same question asked. Good luck.
Also check this out:
Some Champions on there are quoted as saying they did add extra cardio as a fat burning tool but NEVER did more than 20 minutes of HIIT. I personally added 2 extra days of steady-state low-intensity cardio toward the end of my first Challenge. I am doing the same for my next Challenge. I think extra cardio is OK as long as you don't overdo the high-intensity cardio and you make sure you are getting adequate nutrition throughout the process.
For weights, I would caution against doing longer weight training, just keep shooting for that "10" intensity. Muscles need time to recover and you could actually do damage and inhibit your progress if you overdo it with the weights. Around Week 9 I stopped feeling sore as well, but I was still hitting my 10s and saw major results by Week 12.
Thanks guys, I have better feel for what I should and should not be doing now. And mwseahorse, that site is GREAT! Thank you so much!
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