Like many lifters, I used to believe cardio was a waste of time in the pursuit of building muscle. I even used to spread the idea that doing cardio could even make you lose your gains.
Of course, now I know better. Like all things with diet and exercise, the fault usually lies in user error. Don’t blame the tool, blame the guy wielding it.
Cardio can, and will, help you build muscle. It may even remove some roadblocks that are standing in your way. Adding in even a few minutes of “huff and puff work” can help you break your muscle building plateau.
Why does this work?
Adding a few minutes of cardio can help you build up your work capacity for both body and mind. If you’re training for skill or pure strength work capacity isn’t quite as important. However, if you want to build muscle you need to push the limits of what your muscles can handle. If your physical or mental stamina is lacking you’ll quit the set long before you can stimulate any muscle growth. Once you improve your mental and physical toughness you’ll open the door to a lot more muscle building potential.
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