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does any one do pure cardio for their weight loss?

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3/26/13 6:21 A

No I do cardio 4 times a week but I make sure I strength train 2 x a is crucial to weight loss. Also depends on the cardio.....running and swimming work the best for me

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3/26/13 12:16 A

I'm at a weight where it's really hard to get down on the floor, so I do a lot more cardio than anything else.

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3/25/13 10:57 P

Ive done both. Recently got back into hardcore frequent exercise because im feeling better (arthritis meds have really helped me so far) and i was thinking Id lose the last 15 with strictly cardio until i was complaining one day about not seeing results... and a friend here asks "well lets see...what kind of strength training are you doing?" Man i felt a little silly. Now Ive incorporated weight lifting with my cardio...light weights due to my joint issues. I use Spark vids.

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3/25/13 9:32 P

I used to, but then I realized how important strength training is in burning fat calories. I'm jump starting my summer diet with pure cardio for a week then I'm shifting to a cardio/strength routine.

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3/25/13 9:28 P

I do strength training and cardio, watch portions and drink water to reach my goal and maintain it.

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3/25/13 9:18 P

I did cardio,,,ate right and lost 60 lbs. I had bird arms. A guy I knew said I needed weight lifting. Well he was right. Now I have arms that I am beginning to like. I love my weight lifting. I also too kept my cardio.

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3/25/13 8:48 P

I balance my cardio and strength training.

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3/25/13 8:06 P

I started with cardio just for a couple weeks b/c of time and I just wanted to get in the habit of going to the gym. After that, I incorporated lifting.

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3/25/13 7:25 P

thanks for the comments! I will definitely be adding weight training. I'm glad I am not alone with this one, and so very glad it is correctable! phew... Keep it going everyone! Were in this together.

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3/25/13 9:02 A

I forgot to mention that when I started lifting weights I kept on doing cardio for several years.

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3/25/13 8:55 A

20 pounds in 3 months is approximately 7 pounds a month-- a bit better than a pound and a half a week. Which is a good chunk of weight for that time frame. It may be that your skin is just going to take a little longer, to catch up to your weight loss. At 30, your skin should have plenty of elasticity left in it. Just be patient and give it time.

Definitely, add some strength training. You could lift weights or use resistance bands, and some ST exercises just use your own body weight (push ups or planks, for example). There's loads of videos and demo's here on Spark for ST. When I first started on Spark, I put off the ST and just did cardio-- but in hindsight.... the strength training really goes a long way toward toning things up.

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3/25/13 8:52 A


In my first six months of weightloss I did cardio every day (30 min walking at a fast pace) and I cut out all things fried and all bread and didn't within 3 hours of my bedtime and drank lots of water. I went from 235 to 168 in that time and by the end of the sixth month I looked like a deflated bag. My colleagues thought I was sick with cancer.

Then a co-worker's husband saw me and stopped to say hi and then asked how was I gonna take care of the flubby-flab (he's kind of a jerk but he was right). I said i didn't know. So he suggested I stop by his house when I can and he'd help me out. The next I txt him and he said come over. I went over and he gave me a few Muscle & Fitness magazines and showed me how to use dumbbells and a barbell.

I use to make fun of dorks who lifted weights claiming that the only reason they did so was to make up for "short" comings. I was wrong. I soon bought a few dumbbels and I was given a weightbench and a barbell with some weight plates. I read the magazines, joined the forum and got started. In less than a year I was looking good. Now I lift not only for my health but as a hobby, too.

I'll be 51 this Spring and I am in the best shape of my life.

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3/25/13 8:33 A

I am 3 months into my weight loss and I focused on cardio. I got down twenty pounds but now I don't feel ya know, tight with my skin... I feel kinda flabby. I think I will focus on adding weight lifting to my training. I hope it helps tighten and tone. I am 30, my skin should be tighter. Has this happened to any one elsw?

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