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Default Did Reg Park do cardio?
by BendtheBar 01-30-2014, 10:38 AM

By Brooks Kubik

Two days ago, I sent out an email with
training tips for older Dinos.

One of them was to do cardio work --
but to do "the right kind of cardio."

And naturally, we got in buried in
emails from readers who asked,
"What's the right kind of cardio?"

I answered that yesterday -- in an
email titled "Did Reg Park Do Cardio?"

In that email, I talked about how
Reg Park built incredible strength
and muscle mass by performing short,
hard, heavy workouts on basic exercises
like squats, presses, bench presses,
etc. -- and I noted that he trained
FAST -- and he stayed FOCUSED -- and
he didn't sit around and yakkkety yak,
and he didn't waste time, and he worked
up a good sweat, and he ended up doing
lots and lots of heavy breathing.

Now, that's not conventional cardio
training -- but it helps get you into
pretty good shape -- and you do it as
part of your regular strength training
workout.

Will it let you run a marathon?

No -- but it WILL help to get you as
big and as strong and as muscular as
you can be -- and it will get you into
better shape than 99% of the people on
the face of the planet -- and it will
help ramp up your hormones and your
glandular functions and your metabolism,
and all of those things will go a
very long way toward life-long
strength and health.

I call it cardio training with weights --
and for an ironhead (and if you're reading
this, you're an ironhead), that's the very
best kind of cardio training.

Now, please note -- I am NOT talking about
zero rest between sets -- and I'm not talking
about high rep sets -- and I'm not talking
about circuit training.

I'm just saying -- if you want to get into
good shape, train with focus and intensity --
stick to the BIG exercises -- train for
strength and power -- and don't waste any
time.

Hit the gym (or the garage) and do your
warm-ups and get focused -- and then start
to train -- and concentrate on what you're
doing -- and stay focused for the entire
workout -- and you'll end up with strength,
muscle and power AND good over-all condition
and fitness.

And if you don't believe me, hit a hard,
heavy set of squats -- or deadlifts --
or power cleans -- or power snatches --
or the clean and press -- or the farmer's
walk -- and just see what happens to your
breathing.

Or try this:

1. 3 power cleans

2. 3 front squats

3. 3 push presses or jerks

Performed back to back with enough weight to
make you know you've been in a battle.

If you want to focus on the fitness part
of the equation, do some walking on your
non-lifting days. Start with a mile or two
at an easy pace and work up to four or five
miles at a faster pace.

Show me a man (or a woman) who hits good
numbers in the squat, deadlift, press and
other basic lifts AND logs 15 to 20 miles
a week of fast walking, and I'll show you
someone who's in pretty darn good condition.

And that's what I mean by the right kind
of cardio.

As always, thanks for reading and have a
great day. If you train today, make it a
good one!

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. I cover other types of Dino-style cardio
training in Gray Hair and Black Iron:

http://www.brookskubik.com/grayhair_blackiron.html
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Agree 100%. I was talking to my Army doctor the other day and she asked what I do for cardio since I can't run. I told her I lift hard, and she said "well, strength training is good, but what are you doing to stay in shape?"

I told her that 20 rep squats open my lungs up plenty. She was unconvinced. If the average person tried to train like me then they'd fall over, not from weakness, but because their BREATH would give out.
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Agree 100%. I was talking to my Army doctor the other day and she asked what I do for cardio since I can't run. I told her I lift hard, and she said "well, strength training is good, but what are you doing to stay in shape?"

I told her that 20 rep squats open my lungs up plenty. She was unconvinced. If the average person tried to train like me then they'd fall over, not from weakness, but because their BREATH would give out.
So true - besides walking around the city and performing a 5 minute jump rope warm-up, lifting keeps my heart plenty healthy.

I now have a resting HR of high 40/low 50s, which is identical what it was when i ran cross-country in high school and looked/felt sickly and weak.
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Doctors that don't feel squats work the lungs, should take a peak flow reading of someone after they've done them...it goes sky high; being asthmatic, I wondered how these things affect the body, so I took my peak flow after certain exercises just to asses the impact on the lungs/breathing alone.
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The interesting thing with squats is how you seem to hit a wall. I'll bust out 8 reps no problem, but once I get to 10, 11, then 12, all of a sudden I think I'm going to die and my brain feels like it's going to explode. After 10 all I can think about is "Just get 2 more reps, just 2 more and worry about the rest later."
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