3. You’re doing excessive cardio
Are you logging countless hours on the same boring piece of cardio equipment, or putting in endless miles of joint-destroying and testosterone-draining road work?
If you answered yes, then you’re probably performing far below your strength potential. One study from the University of Tampa showed that adding jogging to a weight-training program decreased strength gains by 50 percent.
Adding insult to injury, as you get weaker, you lose muscle and your body fat increases—and we know most Men’s Fitness readers are trying to avoid exactly that.
Instead, walk at a low intensity, which will facilitate recovery and have no adverse effects on strength. For intense conditioning, short bouts of HIIT will suffice.Back to top