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12/5/12 6:14 A

The debate will rage about the merits of weight training against cardio but... you might ask yourself why you enjoy cardio more.

Generally people get to like any exercise because of the "aftereffects". i.e you feel worked enjoy the endorphins while you're doing it, you get a sense of achievement etc etc. You get a similar effect with weights. BUT if you only use light weights you never seem to get into the "zone" its just a boring watered down version of cardio- . You never hanker after a weights session.

If you up the weight of the weights you lift your body starts to respond and you can get to the same place as you are with cardio - i.e you like it and miss it if you don't do it.

It also does make you look awesome... and puts you in more control of your body

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BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,980
12/5/12 4:13 A

Strength training makes you look awesome, so thats a big bonus for me! It also takes me less than 30 minutes to get a decent workout. Another benefit is that it makes cardio easier (or at least I find running easier when I ST. So, do both!


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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,781
12/5/12 1:45 A

Without strength training, up to 25% of your weight loss can come from lost muscle rather than fat, which is undesirable for a couple of reasons:
* fat is considerably bulkier than muscle. Less lost fat = less lost inches
* muscle burns calories even at rest, and over time lost muscle can lead to a slower metabolism and makes longer term weight loss harder.

There are conflicting studies on whether strength training or cardio is better for weight loss. But I think that such studies miss the point - a workout program that includes BOTH strength training and cardio is better than a program that relies on either one or the other. Cardio many be a better calorie burner, but having burned those calories, ST ensures you get more of the benefit.


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TACDGB Posts: 6,136
12/4/12 10:39 P

I think you are missing out by not doing strength training. I love my weight lifting workouts. they have made me so much stronger. I love the way my body looks too.

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12/4/12 10:36 P

There are a lot of options available to you when it comes to strength training! Since you have a gym membership, I know most gyms offer 1 free personal training session to gym members. I would check that out and see if you can meet with a personal trainer who can show you what you can do. Just make sure you don't get talked into buying an expensive personal training package - unless that's what you're looking for! If your gym has a circuit set up, in my experience circuit training has been a highly effective way to develop strength.

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ROSEMARIE_R SparkPoints: (1,790)
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12/4/12 10:19 P

I appreciate the advice. What do you recommend for strength training? Is the weigh circut effective at the gym? And I see that Zorbs, you are a kettlebell instructor, my gym offers kettlebell classes, how is that class for beginners?

Edited by: ROSEMARIE_R at: 12/4/2012 (22:23)
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12/4/12 10:16 P

Hi Rosemarie,

A recent study showed that when it comes to weight loss following a sound nutrition program and doing cardio offer more benefits than strength training, but that does not mean strength training should not be done. Your body releases certain hormones to help aid in weight loss when you strength train. Not to mention your your body will function more efficiently with more muscle mass.

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12/4/12 10:09 P

" Is cardio alone still effective for weight loss?"

Absolutely not. In order from most to least effective for weight loss: nutrition, strength training, cardio.

Cardio has some health benefits, of course, but in terms of weight loss, you absolutely, positively have to be doing strength training and tracking your food.

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12/4/12 10:03 P

I've realized that when I'm at the gym I mainly enjoy doing cardio and can never seem to drag myself into the weight room to do any free weights or weight machines. Is cardio alone still effective for weight loss? I tend to do the elliptical for 45 minutes on high resistance, because I feel like I can still build muscle on a resistance high cardio machine, but it's possible this isn't so. I'd like to start getting more consistent with my workout and weight loss so I'd like to develop an exercise routine. Any thoughts?

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