Nothing is more exemplary in the fitness industry of a “contagion” factor, than the idea and term “cardio”. Much like a parasite, this idea, and this slang term, has wormed its way into the heads of tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of people.
I suspect this is because unlike “aerobics”, cardio rolls off the tongue. And because it so easily rolls off the tongue … it becomes easy for people to digest. The same way, and for the same reasons as “fat makes you fat”.
Religion is in much the same category : a collection of ideas that are not successful because they bring wealth and happiness to man’s life, but “successful” for no better reason than that they are easy to spread; like herpes.
These types of ideas have no bearing to reality. They spread like a conceptual virus, and cause nothing but harm, suffering, and misery.
For whatever reason, the myth of cardio has not gotten much attention lately, with the exception of the upcoming publication of James Steele’s presentation at The 21 Convention 2012, and the paper it sprang from.
James is also speaking at AHS 2013 on low back pain. One can only wonder how a “There’s No Such Thing as Cardio” presentation would go down at such an event though. Such would be the equivalent of saying “there’s no such thing as paleo exercise or primal fitness”, or in a crowded Church this Easter Sunday, “God doesn’t exist”.
Boy, I’d pay good money to witness any one of these.
The Burden of Evidence
The thing that’s funny about daily life discussions of cardio is how people look at you when you say it doesn’t exist. It’s a unique combination of having lobsters crawling out of your ears, and stomping all over their Christmas gifts, at the same time.
And yet, no real evidence of cardio has ever been discovered, or will ever be discovered. The same way no evidence exists of a 7 foot tall Easter Bunny.
Much like barbell back squats, the burden of evidence is not on the person who refuses to do them or to praise them. Barbell squats and cardio both maintain magical benefits to the trainee. And the burden of evidence is, 100% of the time, on the sucker who goes out and initiates their practice.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been gullible enough in my youth to go out and do this sort of nonsense. It was a stupid decision. But the thing that makes me smart, was the will to stop, once I learned better.
Most people are not this smart, and they will jog down a sidewalk until it becomes unpopular to do so, or until their knees/hips/ankles give out.