People are always asking which is better, having muscle power or long duration workouts? Generally, any kind of physical activity is great, whether it be muscular power training or longer duration endurance activities. However, if your goal is to have abs that are rock hard, then muscle power training is the way to go.
The traditional weight loss programs always emphasized sit-ups and running. Depending on what you want to train, you can run or workout with weights. If your goal is to get six pack abs, then running will not give you what you want.
Long duration activities will strengthen your body for that activity. Running long distances will make your body light and lean, so that it can last for long distances and be efficient at moving for such a long period of time. Big bulky muscles will be trimmed down to be more efficient at running.
Muscle power training is a great way to increase the body’s metabolism. During the hypertrophy phase of training, the body will need to supply the bigger muscles with more energy. The increased size of the muscle also increases its overall metabolic activity, which results in more calories burned.
The food that we eat and the excess fat on our body are used by the muscles providing energy for muscle function. When this occurs, the fat that is stored in the stomach area is used and the abs underneath the fat is more visible.
Muscle power can be done with weights and lower repetitions. The muscles are pushed to exert a greater intensity, which results in an accumulation of lactic acid and carbon dioxide in the muscles. When this occurs, the body will need to replenish and remove lactic acid and carbon dioxide by getting oxygen to the muscles.
The moment the body is able to bring a fresh supply of oxygen to the muscles, it will continue to replenish and repair the muscles to get it ready for the next bout of exercise. This process can take several hours and can occur for the majority of the day. The increased overall metabolic activity turns the body into a fat burning machine.
Long duration or muscle power, the choice is really up to you. Both activities are great at helping you lead a healthy lifestyle. If ripped abs is what you want, then train for muscle power, it will be your fastest and most efficient way to get those abs that you’ve always dreamed of.