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I came across a radical article by an influential fitness Guru and innovative thinker Patrick Hitches.
His latest blog has really struck a chord with me. He said “running makes you fat.” I laughed at the absurdity of this comment. I have been a runner since I was 16 and have been anything but fat. (You can read the article here. http://patrickhitches.com/patrick-hitches/why-running-is-making-you-fat/ )
He didn’t literally mean that if you run you will get fat, but his thoughts behind it were well thought out and researched. The basic principle behind this is that the prolonged state of cardio will cause a loss of lean muscle mass. In the article he states, “Running long distances is the single most catabolic activity trashing your lean tissue. Less lean tissue = horrible metabolism and stubborn body fat.”
Joel Runyon, The Blog of Impossible Things, also mirrors this by comparing physiques of Stephen Kiprotich, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist in the Marathon event and Usain Bolt, 2012 Olympics Gold Medalist Sprinter in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m events.
Who do I want to look like most? Well as a figure competitor and iron-pumping fanatic I think I choose the sprinter, hands down.
Here is my plan. For the next month there will be no more long runs for me or distances over a mile. I’m throwing those out and replacing them with three to four High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) sessions a week.
I’m putting this thought to test, and why not, the off-season is a perfect time to find out what methodology of fat loss works best for your body. I’m not an expert on cardio but I am an expert on what distance running does to my body, as I have spent thirteen years pounding the pavement.
So, I will be armed with my HMB, to aid in recovery from this intensity, and seeking out a fun new adventure. Stay tuned for my results!