How to train for your next workout
Exercise routines and exercises that are designed for the goal of training a specific muscle group or muscle group of a specific intensity can be a powerful tool to improve fitness, but it can also be a risky one.
A new study from researchers at the University of Michigan found that people who exercise for cardio workouts often find that their workouts are not as effective as their previous workouts.
“We found that those who had trained their cardio to perform at a higher intensity in the past were not as successful in their new training,” said lead author Matthew C. Kowalski, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of exercise science.
“We found some surprising results.”
The researchers analyzed the workout logs of more than 1,000 people who completed a 3-week program designed to increase their cardio endurance and intensity.
The participants were divided into groups based on their gender, age, and exercise history.
After training for 3 weeks, the group with the highest cardio capacity gained more muscle mass than the group that had the lowest cardio capacity.
However, participants who trained for cardio that was lower in intensity also lost muscle mass, which was not the case for those who trained at a high intensity.
This result was similar when participants were compared to the same group of men and women who completed the same program.
For men, training for a lower intensity led to more muscle loss than those who practiced at a similar intensity, and it was the opposite for women.
The findings were published in the journal PLoS ONE.
Kowalskis team analyzed the exercise logs of a total of 6,534 participants who participated in the study from January 2016 through January 2017.
The group included 1,724 people who had completed the program and 1,200 who did not.
The men and the women were matched on their age, race, body mass index (BMI), physical activity level, and training history.
The exercise logs included the duration of training, intensity, repetitions, and duration of rest.
The study found that the intensity of the workout was not as important as the duration.
The results suggest that the cardio workouts of older people who were in the middle of their cardio training had a positive effect on muscle mass while those who were older and more active were not.
Kovacic and his colleagues also looked at how the cardio training affected the muscles.
In a separate study, researchers from the University College London and the University Hospitals of Manchester analyzed the results of more 1,400 people who participated at the London Marathon.
The researchers found that women who had performed a lower-intensity cardio workout tended to lose more muscle in their legs compared to men who performed a high-intensity workout.
For example, women who trained their body to perform a high amount of repetitions were more likely to lose muscle in the thigh, while men who trained that intensity did not lose muscle.
However, the researchers also found that aerobic activity was more important than strength training when it came to reducing muscle loss.
“In women, the strength training was the most important factor,” said Kowumski.
“But in men, the aerobic activity didn’t seem to have a significant effect on the loss of muscle in any of the body parts.”
This finding, however, was not statistically significant.
The authors of that study concluded that their results are not statistically different from the others.
“The differences between the different groups are probably due to the fact that they were doing different exercises at different intensities,” said Kovacic.
“It could be that one group was training for cardiovascular exercise while another was training to build muscle for endurance.”