The, I’ll never forget when I first got a FitBit in 2014...
I started running to get my steps in, and I stopped prioritizing strength training.
Within a month, even though my body weight didn’t change, all my clothes were tighter and I was larger in size and volume.
Mind you, I hated running. And largely, still do.
And yet, I forced myself to do it because I was so competitive with my friends on the app and thought it would genuinely help me get lean.
A classic case of diving into the next fad without thinking about primary goals.
So many of our newest members have shared with us that bought a Peloton bike this year while gyms were closed.
After reviewing their primary goals, however, we explained that their current exercise routine (often paired with skipping meals) could actually be hindering their ability to achieve a lean physique.
Per usual, we recommend prioritizing lifting weights, a little HIIT, and walking as the best form of steady state cardio for fat loss.
Many of our clients who let go of the attachment to the spin bike have actually seen a REDUCTION in leg size and feel less stressed out overall, likely due to lowered cortisol levels.
Now, if you’re into intense spin rides, long runs, and love the endorphin rush after, hell yes! You do you!
But if your goals are different, that’s OK too! We’re all about helping you balance your physique goals with what you actually like to do for movement… and more often than not, we avoid doing the things that are totally new to us, while sticking to routines and habits that are more comfortable.
Doesn’t mean that they’re more effective, though.
So why is cardio still widely accepted as key for fat loss?
Marketing. Profit. And for sure - a company’s true intention to just get people moving in any way.
But for many of us, we overdo it with these new shiny objects and fads!
Following an intentional training program and walking is hardly seen as “sexy” and exciting.
But it works!
When our members trust our process, let go of excessive cardio, eat more throughout the day, and see their lean muscles while healing their relationship to over-restricting food… there is no going back💪
So, do we believe the Peloton bike "works"?
It really depends on your goals.
If moving your body everyday is the primary goal and you really enjoy competing with people online, that can work for you!
But if you're waking up with tight hip flexors, increased stress, and your clothes don't fit anymore, perhaps it's time to reassess what you're truly wanting to achieve.
And on that note of being more intentional about training and health overall, we're excited to share more about our upcoming FREE workshops!