Myths Exposed and Little Known Secrets Revealed

What do you think of when I mention cardioc An hour-long jogc A long, steady session on the exercise bikec Sweatin’ to the oldiesc If it’s any of those things, you’re doing cardio, but you’re not doing smart cardio. There are lots of things you can do to burn calories, but if you’re reading this article, you know that you want the calories you burn to come from fat, not lean mass. Traditional long, slow distance cardio burns muscle and fat pretty indiscriminately. In fact, if you do enough, you may find that your body burns muscle preferentially to ease the demands of doing so much aerobic work. That’s exactly the opposite of what you want.

So how do you do cardio without sacrificing precious musclec The answer is interval work. Definitely get yourself cleared by a doctor before jumping into intervals, because the whole idea is to rapidly and repeatedly raise your heart rate, alternating the high heart rate work with brief recovery periods. The optimal way to do interval work is probably to do walk back sprints. Sprint all-out for 15 seconds, then turn around and walk back to where you started. It should take about 45 seconds to walk back. Once you’re back where you started, sprint for 15 seconds again. Do seven sprints your first week, and add one sprint per week until you’re up to 20 sprints per session. If you’re not up for sprints, you can approximate them on an exercycle or an elliptical machine. Simply go all-out for 15 seconds, then pedal or walk at a recovery pace for 45. The same build-up pattern applies.

In order to grasp this concept, you must first learn what your body burns for energy during strenuous exercise. I call this energy body burn, “The Hierarchy Scale Of Energy.” The human body accesses certain nutrients for energy and does so in a precise manner every time. This access order NEVER changes. Let me repeat, NEVER changes. This scale will alter the way you train forever! Here it is.


(Sugar processed from carbohydrates and stored in muscle for contraction)


(Storage organ for excess glycogen; primary fuel source for brain function)


(Branched Chain Amino Acids formed from protein)


4. FAT (Speaks for itself)

Notice where FAT is on the scale. It is last!!! It’s the one thing we hate the most about our body and it’s the one thing your body hates to give up. The irony!

It takes between 20-30 minutes to reach level #4, depending on the time of day you train and when you last ingested carbohydrates.

Case#1: Come into the gym and jump on the cardio machine (pick your favorite). Remember it will take 20-30 minutes to burn the muscle glycogen, liver glycogen and BBA before you reach fat. In reality, the first 25 minutes of cardio is totally USELESS!! That is of course unless you actually enjoy doing cardio, simply for the love of doing cardio. If you do, then I will affectionately call you NUTS! Most people do it for fat loss, so why not make it the most effectivec To access fat, you now have to add an additional 20 minutes of cardio to get any results. The entire cardio session alone will be around 45 minutes. Now you go to weight training. But wait, where is your muscle glycogen (fuel for muscle contractionc) Right, it’s gone! The result; weaker workout, less muscle development, increased fatigue, over training, burnout, longer recovery and a slower metabolism. In short, NO PROGRESS! You get discouraged and quit training because your body is not changing.

Case #2: Come into the gym and you jump on the cardio machine for 5-minutes to warm-up. Now you hit the weights. Where is your muscle glycogenc Right, ready to go for power and intensity resistance training. Train for 30 minutes with weights and use up #1-3 on the Hierarchy Scale. Result; increased strength, more lean muscle, less fatigue, no burnout, more intensity. Now begin cardio training. What is the only available energy source left to burn for the cardio session since #1-3 are gonec You got it, #4!! Now you access fat stores immediately and only have to do 15-20 minutes of cardio to get the same benefits as 45 minutes in Case #1. That means more fat loss! In short, PHENOMENAL PROGRESS! You get psyched and train harder.

Which would you choose to doc I know my answer!


  1. theatreiswicked

    Anyone have the list of songs from “Sweatin’ To The Oldies” with Richard Simmons?
    I remember as a child watching my mother work out to these songs and I was listening to music the other day and remembered the cassette tape. I’d really love to know what songs are on there now.

    Thanks! 🙂

    P.S. If you have any other great songs from the 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s please share! It would be greatly appreciated!


  2. Any success stories losing weight with Sweatin’ to the oldies?
    I just bought the dvd set of the sweatin to the oldies and was wanting to hear of any success stories of losing weight, along with how often you did the videos, how long it took, and any other advice you can give 🙂 Thank you very much!


    • Yep! The mere reminder of Richard Simmons makes me lose my appetite.

      Seriously, though, my wife worked out to those tapes and as part of a balanced diet/exercise program she lost a pound or two a week.


  3. do you think a 58 yr old can loose weight sweatin to favorite oldies for 30 min. a day? What else would be —?
    necessary, since with age, the weight takes longer? anyone been thru it already? need your advise.


  4. Has anyone ever used Richard Simmons Sweatin to the Oldies????


    • Question Addict

      Yes and it was actually fun, after you get over feeling a little silly. You should try it. FYI… I was not impressed with any of his follow up workouts though.


  5. A Part Of Me Exists In Everyone

    Is Obamas Teleprompter jealous it wasn’t allowed the lincoln bedroom for it’s Sweatin To The Oldies workouts?
    Just Curious…


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