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EMILYDOODLE
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1/24/13 8:05 P

i do strength training 3 x a week, and the rest of the days i do cardio. everyday i do yoga.



BARBANNA
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1/24/13 7:38 P

I do 80-100 minutes of intense cardio and then 40 minutes of strengthening followed by 10-15 minutes of stretching.



JANAMP09
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1/24/13 7:34 P

I do both. Use to only do cardio as I love classes but I wasn't getting the results I wanted. By splitting my workouts between cardio and strength the results have been amazing. I have people come up to me at the gym and comment on how great I look - also a great motivator



COXBETH
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1/24/13 5:16 P

I lift weights ... and if there's time I do cardio. If I have to cut something though, it'll be cardio. If I'm short on time, I might try to make the lifting sessions a little more cardio-like - jumping jacks for a minute between each set, etc.



SUTERSPACE
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1/24/13 5:14 P

I do cardio, strength and throw in a day or two of swimming laps to change things up.



MEGSOC20
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1/24/13 4:36 P

ABS DIET WORKOUT-- 3 x/week strength 3x/week cardio



PK1947
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1/24/13 4:10 P

Just started doing TRX about two weeks ago and loving it. It is hard and said I was going to send them back but I'm hard headed and stuck with it. I'm a beginner, I do 30 mins. three times a week. I also walk twice a week. I use to just walk but did not see weight coming off my midsection. I'm short ( 5'1" ) and it is very hard to get the weight off around my middle. I'm apple shape. This is a hard workout but I'm going to stick with it.



MARITIMER3
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1/24/13 3:41 P

I do both. Usual routine is treadmill 5x a week, ST 3-4 times/week using resistance bands, medicine ball, stability ball and light weights.



SERGEANTMAJOR
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1/24/13 2:47 P


In my opinion based on my experience as a coach, personal trainer and someone who had to maintain an above average level of fitness in the military neglecting strength training is setting yourself up to fail. Cardio is simple, seems easy and appears to be addictive while strength training is hard work, demanding and boring since you can not read a book or watch TV during your workout. The research demonstrates the effectiveness and multiple benefits of strength training but many choose to ignore the research findings.

It is , as always the personal choice of the individual to choose the workout which they prefer but there are times when personal preference is not the most productive or rewarding. choice. Failing to plan can lead to planning to fail.



SHANECODER
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1/24/13 1:28 P

Mostly cardio, but I wouldn't short myself by not doing ST as well.



KWOOD1955
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1/24/13 1:22 P

Both, but more cardio.



CALLMECARRIE
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1/24/13 11:36 A

I only do cardio (except for one upper-body 9-minute Coach Nicole video I do a few times a week) but I know I need to do strength training. I'm not quite sure how to start.



ASHLING9
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1/24/13 11:33 A

I do mostly cardio; however, many of my morning workouts are some kind of circuit training that I usually use my body weight or sometimes I will use 5 pound weights if I have access to them.



MOLLYJACKSON82
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1/24/13 11:16 A

currently mostly strength but some cardio. i am following the new rules of lifting for women and that books claims to not go overboard with cardio and strenght is more important. i am happy so far with the results even thought I know many will disagree becuase cardio has been pounded into our brains. but reality is that building muscle is great for all aspects!



ANNELIZABETH918
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1/23/13 9:51 P

I did both tonight! I try to get strength training in at least 3-4 times a week (and always cardio!!)



N16351D
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1/23/13 8:18 P

After jogging for about 30 years, I began to appreciate the benefit of strength training which I really dislike. In fact, I hate it. But had to do it. So, for the last ten years (now 40 years of jogging), I have been doing both. Each week I do 3-4 days of both cardio and strength training.



FITWITHIN
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1/23/13 5:19 P

I was doing strength training 4 times a week, however I have not do it consistently in awhile. I've been getting more cardio in these days.



KWOOD1955
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1/23/13 4:35 P

both



BERTA6978
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1/22/13 7:55 P

I used to do cardio only 5-7 days per week. I've since added strength training and am now doing 4 days split strength training. I try to squeeze in 3 cardio days. I miss the cardio, but I can see the benefits of the strength training.



MOMMYOF2RN
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1/22/13 7:48 P

I do both, some days are strictly cardio others strength,then I have mixed days



JU_ROCKNROLL
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1/22/13 7:40 P

I do both. I do strength training 3x per week (Chalean Extreme) and cardio 3x per week (Turbo Fire, Turbo Jam, Hip Hop Hustle).

I really think it helps rev up your metabolism. Also, I feel a lot stronger, which is awesome ;D The scale doesn't go down as quickly as it would with cardio only, but you see amazing results when you take measurements ! I've lost a lot of inches since October, not much weight. But still my clothes are too big, I feel alive, fit and healthier than ever.

Remember: Muscle burns fat !


Edited by: JU_ROCKNROLL at: 1/22/2013 (19:43)


SHARIPAM
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1/22/13 7:26 P

Absolutely do both!



QUEEN3510VA
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1/22/13 6:45 P

I normally do a dvd that incorporates both and sometimes will get on the tread for extra cardio.



FALCONGIRL2010
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1/22/13 1:57 P

Both definitely. Cardio for fast fat burn, heart/lungs and endurance and strength training to build lean muscle, look toned and burn fat longer.



SERGEANTMAJOR
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1/22/13 12:10 P


This one of those ongoing debates with responses often founded in personal opinion and not necessarily based on either research or effectiveness. When done in the classical version of circuit training, a series of strength exercises done in a row as a circuit followed by a recovery phase before repeating the circuit cardio is built into the workout.Kettlebell workouts also have a cardio component as do TRX (suspension) type workouts. Boot camp workouts which alternate strength and cardio have a degrading effect on both forms according to the current research.

To give a perspective, strength training improves your ability to do cardio, the reverse is not true.The physical benefits of strength training exceed those of cardio when it comes to health and wellness, cardio only improves your cardio respiratory system and does not improve muscle function or bone density and resting metabolism.

In my opinion the question comes do to setting up a positive balance for both. Considering the value of each form of exercise I have my clients do a 3 to 2 ratio of strength and cardio for general fitness and fat loss.Clients who enjoy endurance based activities increase their cardio but three sessions of strength training are also included per week.

The answer is not either or it is both with a bias towards strength training to gain the greatest benefit.



ARANISIA
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1/22/13 10:03 A

I do both. I typically lift weights 2-3 times a week and swim once a week. I always do 20-30 minutes of cardio before lifting weights.



CMROBERTS0617
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1/22/13 9:56 A

I do p90x, so it's both



KRISTEN_SAYS
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1/22/13 9:52 A

Both cardio and strength training are important, but I would argue that strength training is more important. I used to do just cardio in the form of running...not good, I'm still "skinny fat" because of it.



LHOFFMAN2
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1/22/13 9:05 A

I joined a class at the fitness center called "Interval Training" It incorporates alot of cardio and free weights. I love it.



TCANNO
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1/22/13 9:03 A

Mostly cardio but some ST (when I think to do it)





VICSAC
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1/22/13 8:27 A

I work in a stock room where I am carrying boxes all day so I get a lot of strength training in that.

So I do not do a lot of strength training as exercise.

How much depends on my work schedule. We are ate my slow time at work so I am doing it about three times per week. When we are at my busiest time then I cut it down to once or twice. When I have a break from work (three day weekend or longer) I add in more.

Most of my strength training is to not loose the muscle I have gained in my job not to add to it. That is one place where genetics is in my favor, I carry a lot of muscle for a female.



JENNILACEY
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1/22/13 8:14 A

Definitely both.

I do an hour of circuit training every other day on my cardio days and 20 mins of circuit training before my ST workouts I do ST 3-4 days a week for close to an hour.

Cardio has helped lowered my blood pressure (which was already on the low normal side) to the range of a professional athelete and kids. It has brought my resting heart rate down from 80-90 bpm to 55-60 bpm. It has improved my endurance and energy and of course has helped burn off fat.

Strength training has made me stronger, way more toned, boosted my metabolism and of course all the other wonderful health benefits it provides.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 1/22/2013 (08:15)


WAYCAT
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1/22/13 1:42 A

I used to be a cardio junkie and would barely consider weights atall.

That was until about a year ago when I quit my hideously over priced gym and started working out at home.

I have various hand weights in different sizes, and have found a routine that works well for me incorporating both cardio and strength - and I have to say that since I've been doing this I haven't regretted it atall.

I still love my cardio and have to get my "fix", but with my added strength work I feel as if my body is all round stronger, tighter and I have more energy overall.



KHEINZ905
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1/21/13 11:22 P

I do both. I try to do 2 days cardio, 1 day strength training and 2 days cardio/strength hybrid each week.



CORTNEY-LEE
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1/21/13 7:21 P

both -

30 mins of ST
20 mins of cardio

3x's a week


On off days I like to ride my bike or swim, but those are just fun activities I enjoy, they just happen to be exercise



TACDGB
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1/21/13 6:24 P

both.......cardio is good for the heart and lungs. strength training is good for the joints and muscles.



WATERDIAMONDS
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1/21/13 4:46 P

I do both



IVFNURSE2
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1/21/13 2:29 P

I do both. When the weight finally comes off, I want there to be some muscle under there!



EREBECCA
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1/21/13 2:28 P

I do cardio Mon-Fri (because it fits in with my work) and strength on one weekday and one weekend day.



FIELDWORKING
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1/21/13 2:05 P

I do both. I do cardio 5 days/week (Monday-Friday) and strength training 3 days/week (Mon, Wed, and Fri.). When I first started working out, I primarily focused on cardio and only did strength training a couple of days/week. I still prefer the cardio to strength training, but I still do the strength training.



BARLOWMI
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1/21/13 1:45 P

I agree with those saying both. I think its important to mix both into your regular workouts. Somedays I do more cardio and some days I will do more strength training and lifting.



MANDYLEW24
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1/21/13 1:38 P

Definitely both!



MALA77
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1/21/13 11:07 A

Gotta do both!! Cardio is great for the heart and weights help burn fat more than just cardio. Gotta do both!!!



KCLARK89
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1/21/13 11:06 A

For awhile I just did cardio, but when I moved out on my own, I started workout videos for strength, and now I couldn't imagine a program that DIDN'T have strength!!

Cardio is good for overall calorie burn, but building the muscle is going to be what ultimately shapes your body the most and burns calories when you are going throughout your day.



DRAGONCHILDE
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1/21/13 10:15 A

If you're not strength training, you're leaving out the most important part of your fitness program. A good, full body program boosts your metabolism, helps you burn more calories at rest, and helps you look and feel so much better.

So the answer yes, a resounding BOTH!



ONTARIOMTBMAMA
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1/21/13 10:07 A

Strength training is what makes the most difference to body composition.

In the winter I usually just go for long walks and lift heavy weights a few times a week. In the spring/summer I lift a few times a week and bike and run a few times a week as well because I race my bike and I need to be able to ride distance.



JIM-LEMKE
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1/21/13 10:00 A

Both, Cardio at least 5 times a week and Strength training at least 3 times a week. For Cardio my favorites are swim, bike and jog. On my strength days I do full body workouts.



SNOWJESTER
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1/21/13 9:48 A

Both. Strength training is so good for you. For me it changes my body more than cardio.

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BREWMASTERBILL
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1/21/13 9:47 A

I put strength training way ahead of cardio. Cardio is done if I have time. Strength training 3-4x per week.



BNM8704
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1/21/13 9:37 A

Do you do weights or do you just do cardio?



 
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