What you Need to Know:
- Neglecting conditioning might help you you grow a smidge bigger, but at the cost of poor athleticism, and gaining enough marbeling around your abs to make a T-Bone steak cringe.
- Sprinting before lifting is ideal for improving performance in athletes and potentiating the nervous system for heavy lifts and explosive training.
- Complexes use major movement patterns in succession to challenge the cardiovascular system and muscles under fatigue in ten short minutes.
- Jumping rope is a low impact exercise to preserve muscle mass while improving footwork and conditioning.
- Sleds provide additional training volume without undue eccentric stress, preserving your recoverability.
All you need to do is eat, hoist huge weights, and eat some more and you’ll build muscle and become a jacked and diesel beast, right?
As simple as it sounds escaping from hardgainer hell isn’t easy, especially if you want a body that’s athletic and shredded at the end.
Steady state cardio, endless exercises classes, and skipping cardio altogether aren’t options—they’ll just lead to skinnier with less muscle, and in the case of skipping cardio altogether, skinny fat and un-athletic and getting crossed over by 50 year old men at the local YMCA.
Contrary to popular media, your muscles won’t rot off at the mere sight of a treadmill. Your strength won’t erode and leave you crumbling under a barbell. Don’t be like most scraggly hardgainers who avoid conditioning like it’s an Ebola-laced napkin.
Conditioning is still vital to optimize athleticism, workout efficiency, and overall health.
In my latest article on T-Nation I cover the Best Cardio for Skinny guys to improve your conditioning, athleticism, and preserve your precious muscle.
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P.P.S. And here’s exactly How to Eat to Build Muscle: Escape From Hardgainer Hell Nutrition Guide