Look many have been pushing the misconception that sprinting burns more fat than distance running. They alway point out the bodies of sprinters and marathoners as proof of which exercise does what.
Guys and girls please do not buy into that hype. I was an athlete in college and a current bodybuilder, and track coach. The reason why my sprinters are shredded and ripped is because I pick them to be sprinters. When track practice starts and people show up to run track for the first time, I usually place them to where they will compete by their bodytypes, and then abilities will seal the deal.
I pick the sprinter types by their body type. It is not like everyone shows up to practice looking normal and then through exercise transforms into the sprinter or distance runner bodytype. The sprinter muscular ripped bodies show up to practice having never done a sit up or worked out in their lives. Yes, I said that correctly. Most of these guys are naturally lean and muscular. This is a case where genetics set you up for who you will be. You can’t make these sprinters into 350 pound linemen. They are who they are because of their genes.
Distance runners, I pick them mostly because they are not really big they are smaller but not ripped and muscular. You think “Damn what in the world can this kid do?” So you tell him to start working with your distance coach, and sure enough a distance runner is born. He did not show up to practice a huge fat guy and transformed into a marathon runner through exersize, He showed up that way.
One thing I found that most of your distance runners have in common is a love of High Carb diets, lower in fat and medium to low Protein. This just keeps them looking the way they do now while fueling their grueling harsh workouts.
The diets of sprinters is what they want to eat. They made it their whole lives without worrying about it so they eat what ever.
Many programs have been pushing the misconception that distance running or cardio sessions that last longer than 20 minuets will not do anything but burn muscle. That is total B.S. pushed by someone trying to make money off a the new ” the easiest approach is better” fad. Sprinting is great to add to your cardio for variation. Do distance one day do sprints the next time you do cardio. Bodybuilders for years have gone into contests doing double cardio sessions both sessions lasting up to 40 mins-to an hour a piece. Shawn Ray has always said there is no such thing as too much cardio, but there is such a thing as under eating.
Basket ball players are not ripped because of the way they train for basketball. They are ripped because of their genetics. That would be like saying basketball players are tall because of the way they train for basketball. Sure some of them can get heavy, everyone can get heavy-er, but Gary Payton will never look like Warren Sapp! Oliver Miller could, but look at Oliver miller, he trains the same way as Karl Malone but looks way different due to his genetics.
So when you are looking for inspiration and new ideas to help you burn fat, please remember what I have said. Do not buy into the “distance running wont burn fat hype.”
P.S. I have sprinters who eat Pizza almost every other day (Against my advise!) and yet they remain fast as lightning and ripped to shreds. It is their genetics to be that way, not their training style.