14 Signs You’re Doing Too Much Cardio

By

Vince Del Monte, WBFF Pro Fitness Model, Certified Fitness Trainer
and Nutritionist and author of No Nonsense Muscle
Building.

Photo Credit: www.ironmanmag.com.au

Guess what day it is today? The busiest day in gym history. The first Monday of January! And that means, it’s the season that folks will be hitting the cardio machines hard…

I was on the phone last night with my friend and world-famous trainer Craig Ballantyne and we were commenting on how after our workouts yesterday we noticed that many folks go through some interesting rituals during their workouts.

Craig told me that he just posted a mini article called, “The 7 Signs You Are Doing Too Much Cardio” and I burst out laughing at a few of them.  I added 7 of my own.  Let us know if we missed any and feel free to ask Craig any questions you might have too.  He reads my blog and I’ve asked him to answer questions from you.  He’s been writing for Men’s Health for years and a trusted source of information.  Here we go…

#1 – You have to spend 5 minutes before your workout flipping through all the magazines in the gym to find one you haven’t read before.

#2 – You know the other cardio addicts on the machines beside you (that you talk to everyday) better than you know your own friends.

#3 – You know exactly how many calories you burn per minute on every machine in the gym. (And you use that information to justify every calorie you eat.)

#4 – You simply hate doing it and dread your workouts more than a trip to the dentist.

#5 – The only thing you are losing is precious time – and not belly fat.

#6 – You go to the gym to watch your favorite television shows while doing cardio.

#7 – You’re getting overuse injuries from repetitive motion because you keep doing the same activity over and over again everyday.

Here’s 7 of my own…

#8 – You do cardio with your cell phone.

#9 – You calves are bigger than your biceps.

#10 – You can actually tell the difference between Gatorade and Powerade.

#11 – You asked for a water belt for Christmas.

#12 – You can recognize the members in your gym by the sounds of their breathing.

#13 – Your 8KG iPod is not large enough to store all your workout music.

#14 – You look the exact same as last month.

Both Craig and I would tell you that cardio is not the be all and end all of exercise for fat loss.

I would even say males can get down to 10% body fat and females 16% body fat with nutrition and weights alone.  Cardio is not needed until you need to strip the last few pounds off.

Today (Monday) at 12pm EST, Craig is giving away 25 copies of his #1 best-selling book (on Amazon), “Just Say NO to Cardio” and UNLIMITED email support for the first 25 people who get started with his Turbulence Training for Fat Loss System.

On top of him giving away 25 copies of his hard copy book, there are exclusive bonuses for the first 50, 100, and 200 folks who grab a copy.

Whether you need a new program or don’t have a program, you’ll get proven beginner and advanced fat burning workouts, beginner and advanced nutrition programs, the motivation and social support you need to finally stick to your program, and all of the Turbulence Training time saving tips to help you lose fat in just a few minutes per day.

You can even get a free copy of Brad Pilon’s “Eat Stop Eat”, the most controversial (and effective) diet plan since the Atkins diet!

But don’t delay, because I get a few thousand visitors to this blog each day who are looking to lose their belly fat, and they want those bonuses too!

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PLUS, if you are one of the first 200 to grab your copy of Turbulence Training for Fat Loss you’ll also get access to an exclusive coaching call to help you lose more fat this year than ever before!

And you’ll get a free 6-month Turbulence Training membership. There are even MORE free early-bird bonuses, but I don’t have time to list them all.

So after you ready this, hurry, hurry,hurry! There’s no time to wait!

Tomorrow I am going to post part 1 of a 2 part interview I did with Craig and he’s going to spill some brand new tips on transforming your body this year.

Don’t get into a fight tonight over gym equipment!

Vince DelMonte

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22 thoughts on “14 Signs You’re Doing Too Much Cardio

  1. @James
    get some dumbells, a bench, a barbell bar, put up a pull up bar, costs like under $350 for the whole set

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  2. Yeah I that guy that has bigger calves than biceps. Always been a runner, but am looking to put on some more upper weight. Thing is I have no access to a gym. What type of weights will I need at home to be successful using this system?

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  3. #17 – You read through a 1000 page novel that you bring “just for the gym” in under a week.

    #18 – You spend more time in the gym than any other cardio addicts in which you justify to yourself you must be losing alot of fat.

    #19 – You do 5 hours of cardio each day religously and complain to the gym guy why you havent lost a single pound of weight. ( personal experience, im the gym guy lol)

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  4. #15 – When you get off the machine, the sweat makes your clothes weigh more than you do.

    #16 – Nobody gets on Machine #14 because they know it’s “yours.”

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  5. LOL! Love the list. I can tell you aren’t one of them because #13 should read 8 GB iPod. 8K isn’t even half a song. 😉

    I do enjoy receiving and reading your emails. I need to investigate the one about monthly workouts. That one really interests me!!!

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  6. This is absolutely true. I’ve benefited so much since I’ve stopped long distance running cardio to sprinting and interval training . The only problem is my diet. All you guys talk about diets that are predominantly non-veg. I’m a vegetarian who happens to eat eggs! I’m in fact eggetarian but not beyond that.Can you help?

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  7. Vince I’m receiving mail from you for about five months .I’ve followed your instruction and now I got pretty good muscles.I used to go to gym and do the work out s as u told. But da fact i entered the gym is not for getting beefy biceps pr chest.
    Normally all me have some what a v shaped upper body ,but my hip bone is wider than normal mostly like women ,so i think i wouldn’t be able to get the v shaped body u said (the ratio of 1.6 times wider shoulders than hip) .This thing really makes me loose my confidence ,I feel very much inferior ,I very much afraid to wear normal jeans just because i have a wider hip bone.

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  8. I`m trying to order your 6 pack abs and you are asking a Reenter email what does that mean i enter m same email and differrent ones and it says it is allready being used. Let me know what i`m doing wrong. Thanks

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  9. When I used to workout at good-life, I got to know a lot of the regulars and year after year we used to joke over the christmas holidays about how it was the “calm before the storm” – once the new year starts, the place became a mad-house.

    One of the guys would intentionally plan his rest periods around the first 2 weeks of every year off just to avoid the chaos. I though that was a good idea…

    But here’s a funny idea: one year we joked about starting a “death pool” with the newbies at our gym. The idea was each person creates a list of 3-5 newbies and whoever’s list “dies” (ie. stops coming to the gym) first, wins the pool.

    Looking back, that would’ve been a lot of fun.

    If this time of year gets under your skin because of how busy the gym is and how it makes keeping up a good pace difficult, try this out with some friends. It will take your mind off of the annoyances and it gives you something to look forward to when you get there.

    Kosta
    – Watch my six pack quest transformation live at http://www.innergamefitness.com

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  10. hey craig, vince i look forward to getting your emails everyday. my questions go out to both of you.
    1- what are the best exercises to do to gain muscle fast?
    2- what are the best crunchless ab movements aside from planks, side planks, mt. climbers, stability ball roll outs, and stability ball jack knifes? and
    3- what are the best interval exercises.

    if you could please send the response to [email protected] if not i will bookmark this page so i can come back to it in a day or so.

    Craig, Vince,
    i thank you both very much.
    Andre Budnick

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  11. I love #10…that’s my absolute favourite!!! I love my a*** (which is btw pretty nice by now thanks to Vince & Craig) off when I read the e-mail.

    Keep going, I check my mails 100 times a day just in case there could be a new mail from the two of you!!!

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  12. Oh BTW the list……….friggin hilarious. #’s 6, 9, 13 (my favs)

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  13. I love this post and got a good kick out of it.

    Here are my “top signs your cardio’s not doing anything for you”. I’ve seen all of these happen… some of them are repeat-offenders on a regular basis.

    7. You’re on the treadmill with your everyday clothes (jeans/khakis/etc.). But hey, at least you’re exercising, right?

    6. After completing your “cardio workout”, you’ve lost about as much of your breath as you would have sitting on a park bench all day.

    5. After completing your “cardio workout”, the only thing that resembles sweat on your workout clothes is the bit of water that trickled from your water bottle.

    4. You choose your cardio workout machine based on what has a better view of the tv. If it’s not too much trouble, surely someone not paying attention to the tv wouldn’t mind moving over a machine, so why not interrupt them and ask to swap machines?

    3. You spend more time figuring out which tv nobody is watching and flipping through channels than you spend on the machine… which, btw, is ok to get off of the machine in the middle of your workout to change the channel….

    2. After waiting 10-15 minutes for a cardio machine to open up, you get on and realize the headphone jack isn’t working. You then get off the machine, and let the next person take it and wait for the next one…only to hope that the headphone jack on the next machine works.

    And…..my personal, all-time favourite (I swear on my life I actually saw this with my own eyes…)

    1. You’re so bored and “non-intense” with your cardio workout that you almost forget what you’re doing to the point that the machine starts blinking “workout paused” yet you’re still on it, going through the motions, and haven’t even noticed! Sadly, this person wasn’t on a cell phone and wasn’t reading a magazine. Their only excuse could be the tv show was THAT captivating…

    I’m still not sure how I managed to prevent myself from literally laughing out loud when i saw that last one.

    Anyhow, I hope you guys enjoyed that as much as I did reflecting back on all the craziness I’ve seen.

    Kosta
    – Watch my six pack quest transformation live at http://www.innergamefitness.com

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  14. Vince, you are right on the money homie! I love it! The busiest Monday of the year in the gym. My rule of thumb: 1/2 will stop working out by Jan. 15th and the other 1/2 will quit shortly before Valentine’s Day (b/c of “no results”). Consistancy, tenacity and having “whatever it takes” are the keys to getting results!

    You got it goin on man! Keep it up

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  15. LOL, those were funny!

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  16. your a cardio rat if you wait in line for an hour to get on themachine!!!

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  17. i wanna purchase ur products online thru my credit cards but it seems when it comes to buying online u page shows USA AND CANADA only not other countries HEY UR FANS ARE EVERYWHERE.PLEASE INCLUDE AND OPTIONS FOR ALL THE COUNTRIES THAT DEAL WITH PLASTIC MONEY I AM A RESIDENT OF SAUDI ARABIA AND VERY INTERESTINGLY READ UR E MAILS U SENT TO ME EVERY OTHER DAY.
    I am willing to be part of ur programme for TURBULENCE TRAINING if its acceptable on line the payment i mean.
    I am a medical doctor by profession but with this sedentary life style and lack of motivation for exercise i cant seem to cope up with up any diet programme and gained a quick few pounds lately.ONCE AGAIN THANK U FOR UR MOTIVATIONAL E MAILS I HAVE TO READ THEM BUT THEY ARE PRACTICAL AND MOTIVATIONAL .THANKS

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  18. Right on Nir.

    Long story short. If you feel like you do “a lot” of cardio and don’t look the way you feel you deserve – you are doing your cardio ineffective.

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  19. Hey Vince,

    I know I do too much cardio yet I don’t qualify to even one of the things on that list, does that mean I’m doing my cardio right?

    I read all the time that the long single pace workouts are ineffective, but that’s not news, you used to compete in the triathlon then you know that it’s all about Fartlek and intevals. I don’t remember when I read this but “If you can talk when you’re doing cardio – you’re taking a trip, not working out.”

    Nir

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  20. Hi Ron,

    We’ve had folks of all ages use the program. 30 pounds is definitely attainable for you.

    Of course, nutrition is the #1 secret to fat loss. So we need to start there. Let me know if you have more questions.

    Craig

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  21. Hi
    I am overweight Have a Gut, for 2009 I would like to lose weight ( 30 lbs ) & also lose the Gut. With your program can you do this for a 71year old gent?

    Thank You

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  22. Thank you very much for sharing your story and your experience Vince. You are a good coach and I appreciate your, effort, your passion and your commitment in excellence. I look forward to stay fit using your guiding principles throughout the New Year 2009!

    Happy New Year 2009!

    Karim Mohanna

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