Response To Viewers: Cardio, Muscle, Fighting, Survival + Ideal Male Physique!

I think my last episode left some confusion regarding my stance on cardio, although I can’t really see how. I felt the episode’s point was clear.

Nonetheless, I want to clarify my stance on some specific matters by addressing some viewer comments.

A number of comments were left, including: a) cardio is more important for survival and hand-to-hand combat than muscle, b) people who pump themselves up are unhealthy, c) I don’t have good cardio, and going as far as to imply that I don’t do cardio, and that this fellow would rather be weak with good cardio than strong without it. Finally, d) I rely too much on studies.

First, I do rely heavily on research. This channel is evidence-driven, because anecdote is simply not enough.

Personal anecdote lacks proper controls to ensure that the outcome or outcomes one is recieving is due to a specific factor, versus another factor or factors. Anecdote may be interesting, but it isn’t conclusive.

So, if you want bro-science, there are an inordinate number of other YouTube channels supplying that.

But, as I like to say, I’d rather not take a shot-in-the-dark. I like to learn why and how things work, I like to KNOW. I don’t like to assume, and I don’t take things on face value.

With that out of the way, I never said cardio should be neglected or was unimportant… or that I don’t perform it myself. I simply said that if you have multiple goals, say muscle-building AND cardiovascular health, you need to program your schedule so neither activity conflicts with the other.

The recent study that I shared in that video elaborated that cardio performed less than 6 hours apart from weight training HINDERED both the performance benefits FROM the cardio and strength gains from the lifting session.

And that paper is linked in the references of my last video, which is linked in the references for this video.

I only recommended that you program your training schedule accordingly.

Optimally… performing your cardio on rest days from lifting. However, if scheduling is an issue, you could also perform cardio in the morning, while performing your lifting in the evening. Or vise-versa.

This second option would buy you 10-12 hours apart between sessions.

As for cardio being MORE important for hand-to-hand combat and survival, I wouldn’t say that. It certainly IS one vital element.

And as I discussed in an episode from September 2015, I am a martial artist. So I do have experience with hand-to-hand combat.

So, of course cardio is important. It builds your endurance and stamina. It also helps keep you in a lean fight-ready condition.

For me, fighting with any excess fat on my body offers the REAL struggle. Not my level of muscularity!

If anything, anecdotally, I find that as I build more muscle, and get stronger the more powerful, accurate and swift I become in my technique and fighting!

And this is validated by my fellow Karateka, who are on the receiving end of my strikes DURING sparring and pad work. So, it’s not in my head.

Granted, I am a natural lifter, so there is a limit to how much muscle I could build anyway.

After a point, excess muscle would likely compromise my training. However, at a leaner 190-195 lbs., this still isn’t an issue for me.

And there are numerous studies demonstrating that strength training and symmetrical muscular development play beneficial roles in punching acceleration, strength and power, as well as enhanced kicking mechanics and speed.

So, maybe some would rather be weak with good cardio — but, frankly, I’d rather be a solid mix of strong, fast AND precise!

And training for increased lean mass is NOT unhealthy.

I’ve done at least two videos, which I will link in the references, that shared research demonstrating that greater muscularity lead to lowered all-cause mortality, and greater longevity.

Furthermore, strength training also improves your bone density and hormone values, not just your lean muscle tissue.

So, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the acquisition of lean muscle. Or, should I say, the NATURAL acquisition of muscle.

I do not advocate performance steroid use, if positive long-term health is desired. Medically-required TRT is a different story, of course.

Anyhow… I thought this episode was important to make, if only to clarify my positions on certain matters, and explain my methodology and reasoning so that you all may learn something.

As for the goal that I aim for with my own physique I am inspired by the classic and epic warrior look of antiquity, as portrayed in sculpture.

I shoot for a look that embodies the way that I envision ancient warriors of Rome, Greece, or Scandinavia to be.

Strong, muscular, imposing, intimidating, dangerous-looking, but also able and combat-ready.

Bear in mind, sometimes you can subdue a conflict before it escalates into a physical confrontation simply due to your overall presence.

While also possessing the physicality to handle matters IF things escalate.

And, of course, use your words too. I am also not promoting the unnecessary use of force. Before anyone minsinterprets.

Now, back to my influences, I am also inspired by martial artists such as Michael Jai White, Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins, and the late full-contact champion and Karate practitioner Andy Hug.

The latter who greatly influences my own Karate.

So, I hope that puts things into perspective. What I view as the ideal male physique for both aesthetics and performance.

REFERENCES

My video “New Study: Is Cardio Bad For Muscle Gains?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVk-FqMpq6U

My video “The BEST Martial Art!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmBwAwfC1R4

Strength and Power Qualities Are Highly Associated With Punching Impact in Elite Amateur Boxers. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26110348

Predicting punching acceleration from selected strength and power variables in elite karate athletes: a multiple regression analysis. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24276310

Enhancing foot velocity in football kicking: the role of strength training. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20375741

Effects of a 10-week resistance exercise program on soccer kick biomechanics and muscle strength. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23539080

Strength training effects on physical conditioning and instep kick kinematics in young amateur soccer players during preseason. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15560363

Leg Strength and Lean Mass Symmetry Influences Kicking Performance in Australian Football http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3918553/

Why YOU Must Build Muscle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhPFkvMxG2M

Why YOU Must Train Legs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbqwDKZBN0Q

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