From the Desk of Dr. Len
Is It Better to Workout by Yourself?
Dr. Len Lopez – Monday, April 07, 2014
One of the Biggest Workout Mistakes comes from working out with the wrong partner, specifically aerobic training! Think about it, if you train with someone who is- Older or Younger
- – Weighs More or Less
- – Is a Different Sex
- – Is in Better or Worse Physical Condition than You
Chances are – one of you may not be getting the best workout for the time, energy and effort put forth, because you could be training at the wrong intensity level!
If you walk, jog, bike, swim, etc with a neighbor or friend and ……he/she…..is older/younger…..skinnier/fatter……more or less conditioned than you……I’ll bet you almost anything that you have different training (fat burning) zone’s or more accurately. You have different Aerobic Thresholds!
The fact that you are both walking, biking, jogging, etc…..at the same speed, doesn’t mean you both have the same aerobic threshold. One of you could be at 70% of your maximum heart rate and below your aerobic threshold (MaxVO2), and the other could be above their aerobic threshold (MaxVO2) at 85% of their Max heart rate.
What that means is – one of you could be activating your Aerobic Metabolism and burning fat – while the other could be above their Aerobic threshold and be burning carbohydrates and proteins (lean muscle). This is because they have activated their ANAEROBIC METABOLISM, and are also stressing their body.
Remember an aerobic exercise is low to moderate intensity. It doesn’t stress your body, and it allows your body to burn FATS! So don’t get confused into thinking any type of aerobic exercise is automatically aerobic. If you walk, jog, run, swim, bike, dance, etc….too fast for your current level of conditioning it throws you over your aerobic threshold and takes you out of your fat-burning zone.
Training with a heart rate monitor is the best way to measure the intensity of your aerobic workout. Most people should train between 65-75 percent of their maximum heart rate. Unfortunately our ego’s get in the way and think they can train aerobically at 80% of their max heart rate. Only the well conditioned and elite marathoners and triathletes can train aerobically at or above 80% of their Max Heart Rate.
I’m a big fan of having a training partner, but make sure it is the right one for you. You might be surprised to find out your lack of results may be because your training with the wrong partner and following the wrong training intensity. I’ll go over this more in future blogs or you can read more about it in the “10 Biggest Workout Mistakes” and “To Burn or Not to Burn – Fat is the Question.”
I hope you like the information, if you do I hope you can pass it along and share it with someone, especially if you train with someone. Let me also say, one reason to train by yourself is that it allows you to control the speed and intensity of the workout that is best suited for your fitness goals.