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Cardio vs Weight Training for Fat Loss (long term) w/ Jen Bruno

by Mike Mutzel



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About Jen Bruno, CPT

Jen is one of Chicago's top personal trainers. We caught up to discuss some of the top tips she's learned over the past 30 years of consistent weight lifting.


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Too much cardio can decrease testosterone and slow thyroid function. We are not fans of steady state cardio unless your sport is distance running. It sends the wrong message to the body when trying to maintain lean body mass. That’s why we recommend 10 minute brisk walk when dieting to lose weight or eating to gain weight, strength and size. A brisk 10 minute walk after each of 2-4 meals daily greatly improves insulin sensitivity, decreases gas, improves digestion, decreases DOMS and aids in recovery. #theverticaldiet. . #Repost @metabolic_mike with @get_repost ・・・ Sure, cardio burns fat, but, it doesn’t necessarily transform your physique—which is what many people are striving for. (Having dabbled in the elite cycling world I’ve seen more people gain fat after starting a cardio-based training program compared to increasing weight training — often times because aerobic training lends itself to using food as a reward system.) @jbrunofitness —one of Chicago’s most sought after personal trainers—discusses more about cardio VS resistance training and key strategies that’ve enabled her clients to experience transformations in their body composition. Jen’s been training consistently for the better part of 30 years and continues to maintain a high level of fitness in her 40’s. Hope you enjoy this one! {Full show is One my YT channel} #fitnessmotivation #fatloss #cardioworkout #cardio #legday #squats #deadlift #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle #muscle #myoxcience #highintensitytraining #highintensityhealth #bodybuilding

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Interview Time Stamps

09:26 Rest is vital. Jen trains 5 days a week. Her workouts are a mixture of strength, conditioning, and Pilates.

10:13 Jen does in home personal training. She does meal planning. She is a holistic health coach and nutrition coach.

10:32 The workout isn’t everything. More goes into fitness and wellness. Internalized stressors are often expressed in your body, causing faulty movement patterns.

11:57 We erroneously think that we can eat or drink anything we want if we go to the gym and work it off.

13:16 Working harder physically doesn’t necessarily produce what you want if you are not sleeping or are stressed, with physical manifestations.

14:08 The food reward for workout expenditure theory does not work. Cardio can increase your appetite, but sometimes it is habit driven.

16:32 Weight training has a much more positive impact upon hormones, brain function, body weight and chemical balance.  The bodies of people who do cardio and those who do strength training are very different, yet we are drawn to cardio.

21:10 Lifting weights is cardio. Everyone should do step ups. Walking is good for everyone. Not everyone should be jumping. If it hurts, don’t do it. Listen to your body and work with it.

24:16 Adaptation happens in rest. Jen does high intensity circuit training, but she does not chose to sacrifice her rest day or her strength training.

27:23 Intermittent fasting has many health benefits, but it is tricky hormonally for women.

27:05 Personal experience is everything. Discovering your lifestyle that makes you feel at your best takes a long time.

29:05 Enjoy the process of transformation. We give up too soon. We are impatient with results. Get realistic.

31:06 Jen journals her workouts. She makes shifts intuitively.

33:05 Keep the momentum. If you don’t feel like doing a big workout, do a small one.

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