Ramp Up Fat & Carb Oxidation

Ramp Up Fat & Carb Oxidation There are a couple of dynamic cycling routines popular with endurance athletes training for competition and also active adults looking to burn fat while building fitness. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research analyzes several similar but different workouts and their effect on carbohydrate and fat oxidation.

Thirty male and female subjects cycled on stationary bikes for half an hour. Some rode at a constant moderate to high intensity pace for the entire 30 minutes while others alternated between moderate and intense pacing at 5-minute intervals. A third group alternated their pace between low and high intensity every 5 minutes.

During 25 minutes of recovery following the 30-minute workout, fat and carbohydrate oxidation were higher in both of the alternating pace workouts. Carb oxidation was highest in subjects who applied low to very intense pacing, but fat oxidation was lowest for this group.

True Strength Moment: It looks like there might be a tradeoff between carbohydrate and fax oxidation during a session of cardio day cycling. In any event, you're likely to get more out of the ride if you vary the intensity of your effort. Read today's Performance Blog at ABBperformance.com for workout planning tips on building muscle size and strength.
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