What cardio machine is best for Fat Loss ?
Holy moly im opening a can of worms with this one, but ill try my best to keep this one a clean one with no swearing !!
Cardio machines in their most fundamental capacity are a means of burning energy ( calories ). As we know fatloss/ weight loss is created by an energy deficit ( less calories in than we utilise ).
So cardio machines help us create this calorie deficit, as does walking the dog, moving more , gardening, manual labour work etc but guess what lifting weights, sprinting, pushes sleds, weighted carries, classes all burn calories too !!!!!!
treadmill, cross trainer, watt bike, rower, stairclimber ( dont get me started ), or any other cardio machine all burn calories…… the lower the intensity the lower the calorie expenditure, raise the inclines, speed etc and we burn more energy ( calories ).
The LISS proponents all say the a higher proportion of these calories are burned from fat at lower intensities ( usually around 60% of max heart rate ) which there is evidence to suggest but overall calorie burn off is lower per given unit of time.
So does low intensity steady state training burn fat and calories,, YES it does,
Do high intensity training burn fat and calories, YES it does…..
Some people prefer a strongman style circuit which has a very high metabolic cost and burns lots of calories and can support high levels of growth hormone and testosterone production. This can be a very time efficient way of burning lots of calories.
Others say that bodybuilders only do steady steady for hours each day,,, yes thats normally true but it depends if you have hours spare each day as well as your strength training sessions ???? also hours of cardio per day doesnt appear to be that effective in natural trainees in respect of holding onto lean tissue.
Lets not forget a calorie / energy deficit can be created through strength training and diet alone !!!!!!!!!!
Back to cardio,
so you can look at all pieces of cardio,
* treadmills, cross trainers, rowers etc
* prowlers, sleds, farmers walks
* kettlebells, sandbags
* ski ergs
* air bikes
and ALL of them burn calories, so choose the ones that fit,
1. the time you have
2. you enjoy ( or least adhere to )
3. the performance goals / outcomes you have
ps my favourite form of cardio is getting outside with music on walking the dog, not because it burns 2% more fat than another form, i simply enjoy it !!!
Hope this helps