3 Biggest Workout Mistakes That Block Fat Loss & Accelerate Aging
By Mike Strobel, C.P.T
Home Fitness Expert/Life Coach
Did you know we lose about 1 percent of our lean muscle mass per year after age 35?1
As a result of deterioration, people begin to look, well, flabby as they get older.
More and more people are seeing these changes before they are even 30, but most people will see the biggest changes once they reach 35.
Studies show that 90% of people over the age of 35 lose enough muscle every year to burn off an additional 4 pounds of body fat.
Did you know that muscle loss isn't an inevitable part of aging as we are led to believe and most muscle loss is simply due to our sedentary lifestyles?
Age Isn't The Problem..
Being over 35 is no reason why you can't have a body that would make most 25 year olds green with envy.
My wife Grace and I are in our mid 40's and we are both in the best shape of our lives. People are often shocked when we reveal our true age. They always want to know what our secret is.
The truth is...there is no secret. Staying lean, toned and youthful isn't about magical pills or potions. It can only be done on a hormonal & cellular level.
You need to begin training intelligently.
A recent study published in the Journal of Mechanisms of Aging and Development confirms the phenomenal power of specific types of exercises and how they can make a most dramatic difference in your overall body composition, vitality and health.
But first, you need to understand which forms of exercising actually promote fat gain and accelerate aging.
Below I put together 3 biggest mistakes people make when it comes to working out.
Yes, they are somewhat counter-intuitive and go against lame-stream fitness advice but they are EXACTLY what you need to STOP doing if you want to stimulate an avalanche of HGH to help you burn ugly body fat and build muscle quickly.
You're Doing Too Much Cardio
Gyms everywhere are full of overweight people huffing and puffing on treadmills and elliptical machines. If doing long steady cardio worked then why does their body composition rarely seem to change?
It may work initially but your body will easily adapt to your cardio sessions within a short couple weeks of starting by lowering your metabolism.
That's why you hear so many people complain about gaining weight even though their doing tons of cardio on a restricted diet.
This condition is scientifically labeled 'adaptive thermogenesis', and is a state that the body enters into both from not consuming enough calories as well as going crazy with the cardio.
There was a specific case study published (Medicine & Science and Sports) in 2004 where a 51 year old patient complained of a 15 lb weight gain over the last year despite beginning a strenuous triathlon and marathon training program (2 hours per day, 5-6 days per week).
A measure of his metabolic rated indicated he was 28% below predicted for age, height, weight, and gender.
The study concluded that the combination of excessive aerobic exercise coupled with drastic reductions in caloric intake can result in a major shift in body composition, with fat loss rates slowed and muscle loss rates accelerated.
There is also shocking research that long duration cardio AGES the body. Sedentary individuals and those who perform long duration cardio show the same cellular damage. That's because long cardio sessions produce huge quantities of free radicals that compromise our immune system.
If you've observed that many endurance athletes have more wrinkles and age faster than most, it's no coincidence...
There is a smarter way to exercise which actually reverses aging and accelerates fat burning in a fraction of the time.
You're Working Out Like A Bodybuilder
Is your goal to look like a bodybuilder? Then why are you working out like one?
For decades, we've been blindly following workout programs that were initially designed for bodybuilders whose goals are to pack on extraordinary thick slabs of muscle.
Remember bodybuilders can tolerate excessive amounts of exercise because of their use of dangerous of supplements.
However the average person whose goal is to lose fat and and attain more of an athletic-type build is setting themselves up for massive failure every time.
Yet time and time again you see people who continually subject their bodies through hour-long grueling workouts-doing some 12-15 sets per body part.
And all this unnecessary exercise will extract a toll on your body.
Plus the older we get, especially over the age of 35, the harder it is for our bodies to recover from these kinds of workouts. In fact, most time your body won't.
That's because large amounts of resistance training keep the body in a catabolic state and negatively promotes stress hormones. That's where your body will eat up muscle to fuel your workouts and you ultimately end up fatter than when you started.
Remember most of your results happen in the recovery phase NOT when you are working out. And if your over-trained which most people are-either nothing will happen or you will get negative results.
So instead of trying to kill yourself by seeing how much exercise your body can tolerate- why not only give your body the exact amount of exercise it needs to get you amazing results?
On the next page, learn how you can avoid your negative 'tipping point'.
Your Intensity Sucks
The biggest mistake you can make is thinking that cardio or lifting weights is what changes your body. If that were the case, there would be a lot more fit looking people walking around the gym.
Simply moving a weight from point A to point B is not necessarily going to equate to muscle tone. It's the intensity of your workouts that drives the change.
Training with intensity involves tearing down your muscle tissue during the exercise which your body is then forced to repair. This repair process has incredible fat-burning potential. You'll be burning fat just going about your everyday life while your body repairs the muscle damage.
But more importantly, when you workout with enough intensity you are also stimulating your YOUTH hormones known as HGH.
The benefits of HGH  are:
1. Dramatically improves muscle tone
2. Firms your skin and reduces wrinkles
3. Boosts your energy and sexual desire
4. Improves athletic speed and performance
5. Repairs muscle
Remember, the higher your levels of growth hormone, the healthier, vibrant and stronger you're going to be.
Unfortunately, many women want to avoid lifting with intensity because they're generally don't understand all the amazing benefits.
We’re not going to lie to you: This workout program is definitely not for everyone.
- If spending an hour a day at the gym is social hour for you, this is NOT for you.
- If you think you can spin or jog your way to a lean ripped body, ... this is not for you.
- And if you are not willing to put out an intense effort for a very short period of time, a few times a week, this is not for you.
But if you are finally willing to do what it takes to get in your best shape while turning back the hands of time.
And understand all the things you shouldn't be doing, go to the next page to learn all the things you SHOULD be doing to build shapely muscle, lose ugly body fat, and reverse aging.