How Much Cardio Should You Do?
Bodybuilders are often looking for the perfect amount of cardio to do in order to get into contest condition or just to look properly cut for the beach or nightclub. The fact is, no single prescription can apply to all. How much cardio you must do depends on how much fat you have to lose and when you have to lose it, as well as your individual metabolism and daily physical activity. Even among pro bodybuilders thereís a vast range of how much cardio is done.
David Henry does no cardio at all. At the opposite end of the spectrum men like Ronnie Coleman, Melvin Anthony and Jay Cutler do as much as two hours a day while preparing for the Mr. Olympia or Arnold Classic.
We all need to find whatís best for us. You may be one of the lucky few who require little or no cardio to get in shape. Or you may need to do two hours a day. The only way to find out is to start at a baseline level, such as three weekly sessions of 30 minutes, and see how your body responds. If you donít seem to be losing fat, you need to try doing more. If youíre one of the rare types who start getting weaker with the weights from a moderate amount of cardio, you need to cut back.
The bottom line is that the correct frequency, duration and intensity of cardio for you can be determined only by trial and error, and paying close attention to changes in your bodyfat, muscle mass and strength levels.