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The Three Big Myths About Cardio Fitness

January 2017Words by The Daily Team

Illustration by Ms Anje Jager

Mr Craig Ballantyne, inventor of Turbulence Training and frequent contributor to the US edition of Men’s Health magazine, is shaking things up. His provocatively named new book, The Great Cardio Myth, published by Fair Winds Press, claims that the low-intensity, steady-state exercise we’ve been led to believe is vital for longevity and vanity is a scientifically proven waste of time.

If you actively enjoy running or cycling, then by all means fill your Flyknits, and your schedule, with epically long sessions. But if you want to lose weight, improve your health or look better naked as quickly as possible, then plodding along on a treadmill will get you nowhere, fast.

In The Great Cardio Myth, Mr Ballantyne makes a compelling case for high-intensity interval training (HIIT), either by cranking up the treadmill or bike, or by performing circuits of resistance exercises such as press-ups, squats and lunges. Burning fat, building muscle and bolstering your heart in as little as four minutes sounds like the stuff of infomercial fiction, but is backed by research – unlike these remarkably enduring myths about cardio.