(Closed) cardio VS weight training….. which is more important?

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I have gotten in the best shape with a combination of both. Cardio burns fat. But so does weight lifting…especially if you are lifting as heavy as you can while still maintaining proper form.

I work out on my lunch hour too and break it down to about 25-30 minutes of cardio (running…switching days between steady state runs and HIIT) and the rest of the time is spent weight training and doing ab work.

Building muscle helps you to burn fat even when you are resting/not working out.

So really, you need both.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

In all honestly, you aren’t going to get toned and in good shape without a pretty even mix of both.  I’d up your weight lifting a bit more so that you aren’t so heavy on the cardio side.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

If I were you, I would definitely split it up day to day. Cardio one day, weight lifting the next.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yup they are equally important. Cardio burns fat but weights will improve your muscle tone (just burning off fat won’t make you look fit) – also having more muscle from weights will increase your metabolism, so you’ll burn fat while you’re sleeping and sitting still (cardio doesn’t have that effect).

In terms of your schedule, I’d do cardio MWF and lift for 30 mins T/Thurs. 15 mins of weights probably isn’t enough to be effective unless you are really pushing yourself to the point of muscle fatigue (you can’t lift another weight).

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@cherrycoke: Cool – just make sure you’re actually pushing it and being effective or you won’t see great results.. you can certainly push yourself to the point of fatigue if you do it right (like in Jillian Michael’s Shred – 20 mins will make you lose your mind). You should be exhausted afterward and ideally sore the next day. Good luck!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

If you’re short on time, body weight intervals that also increase your heart rate would probably be the best way to go. An example would be:

 

40 seconds of mountain climbers

40 seconds push ups

40 seconds lunges

Rest for 90 seconds, repeat. After the seconds cycle is done, switch to different exercises but the same general pattern. The best weight for toning is your own body wegiht and you get the added benefit of increasing your heart rate with exercises like that. Check out Tabata workouts online for some really good examples!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@cherrycoke: i second TealChocolate’s suggestion – intervals are great!

Jillian Michael DVD is great because it’s a mix of both.. she does 3 mins of weights, 2 mins of cardio, 1 min of abs, repeat repeat repeat for 20 mins. Your heart rate is up the whole time, but you are toning, which is great.

My routine is a bit crazy.. I go to the gym every workday morning (M-F). I’m taking an amazing boot camp class now so generally my routine is MWF: Either lift for 30 mins then cardio for 30mins, or cardio for an hour; T/TH: Boot camp for an hour (mix of cardio, interval training, push ups, abs, etc), then 30 mins of cardio after boot camp. Weekends I either take a break or just do something light like go for a run. I’m a little insane. 🙂

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Definitely a mix of both.

I don’t think 15 minutes of either is going to do all that much, unless you’re really, really pushing yourself. I don’t warm up with cardio on my lifting days because I get super hungry after doing cardio and can’t lift while hungry.  TealChocolate: has fantastic ideas for getting your heart rate up while lifting, though, if that’s waht you’re looking to do.  I often use exercises like that, and ab/core stuff in between upper body weight sets.

I would take 2 days/week dedicated to lifting and the rest to cardio.  Add bodyweight and core exercises instead of resting between sets on lifting days, and run some intervals on your cardio days (i.e. warm up 10 minutes of increasing difficulty on the machine of your choice, do two minutes as hard as you possibly can, then two minutes rest, two minutes hard as you can, two minutes rest.  repeat and then give yourself a few minutes to progressively cool down.  on a treadmill, I sprint a quarter mile, then rest a quarter mile, but the distances may vary by machine.)

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