First off, I don’t want to bash any form of exercise because exercising in any fashion is better than not exercising at all.  Also, in injured, deconditioned, sick, diseased populations strict aerobic work is the safest mode to improving cardiac health.

But…….If I had to choose between walking on hot coals or doing a typical 5x per week 30 minutes per day aerobic routine I would choose the hot coals.

hate am not fond of typical aerobic routines because for most people they are not effective, lead to over-training injuries (see most runners), and are more time consuming than Black Friday shopping lines.

For a better option enter High Intensity Training to perform more work in less time. Sounds Great Right?

In addition to bieng more time efficient than typical cardio programming high intensity exercise will result in EPOC.

EPOC, Tupac’s brother (credit to Mike Marino) in high intensity exercise stands for Exercise Post-Oxygen Consumption. EPOC is great because when you work harder and can not catch your air you go into an oxygen debt. Because of this debt the body experiences an “afterburn” following exercise. This afterburn is the body working double time to recover the oxygen consumed through intense exercise, resulting in an elevated metabolism for hours after exercising, resulting in potentially greater caloric burn.

In addition to the benefits of EPOC high intensity cardio can be ultra competitive, fun, and allow you to make up your own programming.

Check out 9 awesome ways to perform cardio via John Romaniello on his website

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About Eric Bach Performance

Eric Bach is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Precision Nutrition Level 1 (PN1) with a degree in Kinesiology Concentrated in Human Performance and Emphasizing Sports Performance from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. A former collegiate Strength Coach Eric now resides in Denver, Colorado. Eric coaches clients at Forza Fitness and Performance Center and trains everyone from weekend warriors and post rehabilitation patients to professional athletes. Eric developed his passion for fitness through a competitive sports career which included competitive Olympic lifting, Football, Track and Field, and Powerlifting. Eric is a self proclaimed fitness nerd who enjoys reading, eating, deadlifting, and living a healthy and fullfilling life while helping others dominant their lives in and out of the gym. Eric can be contacted at for all consultations and questions

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