I've had a few inquiries about cardio and if it is necessary, if it does anything, if it matters how long, how often....
First of all, everyone has different genetics. That is actually probably the biggest deciding factor with just about as equal importance as their diet and what that person is intaking.
So looking at your genetics, you may be
Ectomorph-is a typical skinny guy. Ecto’s have a light build with small joints and lean muscle. Usually ectomorph’s have long thin limbs with stringy muscles. Shoulders tend to be thin with little width. Usually a fast metabolism which makes it hard to gain weight.
Mesomorph-A mesomorph has a large bone structure, large muscles and a naturally athletic physique. Mesomorphs are the best body type for bodybuilding. They find it quite easy to gain and lose weight. They are naturally strong which is the perfect platform for building muscle.
Endomorph-is solid and generally soft. Endomorphs gain fat very easily. Endo’s are usually of a build with thick arms and legs. Muscles are strong, especially the upper legs. Endomorphs find they are naturally strong in leg exercises. When it comes to training endomorphs find it very easy to gain weight. Unfortunately, a large portion of this weight is fat not muscle. To keep fat gain to a minimum, endomorphs must always train cardio as well as weights.
I'm an Endomorph, which means I cannot get away without doing cardio and because I don't develop muscle easily, I have to lift consistently, usually heavy and focus on contracting my muscles with every movement to really strengthen and develop them.
For me, cardio is only fun outdoors or in the form of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), quick sprints or bursts, I also enjoy plyometrics such as ball slams, ropes, jump squats.
This is not to say the treadmill or stair master are useless; in fact, in the winter you can find me on the stair master!
For Ectomorphs, cardio may be not as crucial
For Mesomorphs, it can help achieve a leaner more cut look but they can get away with skipping a bit more than an Endomorph.
Diet plays a major role. I know you have heard, "abs are made in the kitchen", that is a fact.
I never saw my stomach flatten out until my diet was down 100%. Now of course I have to diet harder then maybe Jessica but Jessica may have to lift and eat way more to put on the muscle she wants. That's why I say both genetics and diet play a huge role. Everyone sends me inboxes about how to get a flat stomach or tone up. I am giving you free advice right now so read slow and pay attention: CUT THE SUGAR. Eat non processed food, eat good starches and carbs.
Surprised I didn't say take this pill? If you think the answer is within the form of a fat burning pill, I'm sorry you have bought into media and all you've seen on television or Instagram. Everyone says they want to lose weight-so they are not eating carbs or doing juice diets.
Here is the issue with no carbs, your body actually needs carbohydrates to function, your brain and body. Once you go a few weeks without and maybe have that ultimate craving because you have been depriving yourself, your body will now hold on to whatever piece of carb you had and convert that to fat because it has been longing for it. Juicing is all good and well but same issue, once you have something out of the ordinary you're going to hold onto that. The answer is to have a balanced and clean diet. Enjoy your sweets here and there, go kill leg day and then reward yourself with the carbohydrates you want because now they're replenishing your energy sources and feeding your muscles.
IF YOU WANT A QUICK FIX, I SUGGEST LOOKING UP LIPO OTHERWISE ALL YOUR ANSWERS ARE ABOVE. GOOD LUCK... YOU ARE STRONG AND CAPABLE. IF I CAN DO IT AND OUTWORK GENETICS YOU LITERALLY HAVE NO EXCUSE AT ALL.