Magnus Lygdback has helped movie stars like Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Alexander Skarsgard get into peak shape, and regularly shares exercise and nutrition advice on his YouTube channel. In a new video, he answers some subscriber questions, and offers some suggestions for people who are looking to start their own fitness journeys in the New Year.
One of the questions he fields is from somebody who is looking to lose fat, but hates running, and he has good news. "You don't need to do any cardio to burn fat," he says. "You can run a marathon and be overweight, and you can also have a six-pack and be in lousy shape. When it comes to having lower body fat, it's all about nutrition." He adds that cardio, however, is still important for keeping your heart healthy.
Elsewhere, he is asked whether bodyweight exercises are better or worse than weights training for building strength and muscle. "Bodyweight training can be really good for someone who's not used to working out, because the risk of getting injured is less," he says. "Weights, though, are the better option in the long run... You can build muscle mass with bodyweight, you will hit a plateau pretty soon though. In the long run, lifting long weights will be better for you if you want to gain maximum amounts of muscle mass, or target every muscle in your body." (continued below)
Lygdback is also asked about bulking and cutting, and his advice here is to not take either of them to extremes, not over-eating too much when increasing your calorie intake, and when it comes to eating at a caloric deficit, avoid starving yourself. "I think a healthy bulk and cutting cycle can be anything from 8 to 12 weeks," he says.
More than anything, he wants people to remember that progress looks different for everybody, depending on your own goals. If your goal is to start working out so you have a toned beach body in time for summer, for example, Lygdback recommends starting right away. "It really depends on where you start, and how consistent you are," he says. "It's not all about how you look in July, it's also how you feel and longevity and all that stuff."
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