Post # 1
Hi all! I’ve been working out 4-5 times a week for about two months now and loving it! I’m actually about half way to my weight loss goal so far (it wasn’t that big to start with) but I seem to have have hit a plateau. I used to do cardio and lifting every time I went, but lately I’ve been finding my self doing more exclusive cardio days. I just prefer cardio, I’ve always been more of a runner than anything else. But when my weight loss leveled off it got me thinking- what is better for weight loss, a longer cardio workout or a shorter cardio combined with lifting?
Post # 3
I don’t know the answer, but I wouldn’t do lifting right now. I was doing lifting in between the time I ordered my dress and when it came in. It came in and it didn’t fit and the people at the store told me it was probably because I had been lifting. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I would be careful not to bulk up too much because it might alter how your dress fits right now.
Post # 4
It is important to switch back and forth. Your body has gotten used to your routine.. The best idea for weight loss is to do cardio, next time you work out lift, then cardio, lift, cardio etc… so don’t do cardio and lift on the same day. i’ve also been told when lifting to alternate between legs and arms, to “confuse your muscles”. my schedule is the following:
i’ve lost 9 pounds in three weeks using this schedule as well as healthy eating and water consumption. good luck! 🙂
Post # 5
It sounds like you have plateaued!
You need to change up your routine both weights and cardio. Also have you been watching what you eat? Often a shift in diet is required during plateau’s as well.
Post # 6
Congratulations on doing so well with your goal! By cross training – doing things other than running you should find that you will kick that plateau to the curb. I have heard that you can lift weights without bulking up – just keep the weights low and do a lot of reps. After wieghts you will burn calories for longer. You could also try yoga or pilates – you just need to mix it up as your body has gotten use to your current routine. If you belong to a gym normally they have trainers that will give you pointers without charging you. Good luck!
Post # 7
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Do both! I’ve lost almost 60 lbs now doing just that. I do 1.5 hours 3 times a week of heavy weight-training, and then the rest of the days I do sprint drills for cardio. 🙂
Post # 8
my workouts start with a 10 min warmup but then combine both of cardio and lifting importance is high high intensity for time (15-25 mins) each day workout is different. its really brutal ive been doing this for 5 months now and has dropped 25lbs now I’m just toning up.
100 situp, 100 pushups, 100 squats for time
OR row machine: row for 1 min (giving your all) rest for 1 min repeat for 10 rounds record your total distance
OR 20 dumbell press into squat, run for 2 mins, repeat 15 rounds
Post # 9
You burn more calories by weight lifting but cardio is important also. Why dont you just try changing your work out, Maybe try to do some circuit training one day then the next day slow cardio, then mixed it up and some days do high intensity cardio shorter time…
seems like your body has adjusted, just change it up, its should do the trick.
Post # 10
Wow, quick answers! Thanks! I agree that I need to change it up. This week I’ve started doing the varying incline setting on the treadmill rather than just flat running and I think that’s definitely increasing the intensity. I think I’ll also try to add in a wider variety of muscle groups into my lifting. I think I’ve been allowing myself to slip into exclusively leg lifting because… well, arms and abs are hard! I could probably tighten up my diet as well.
I’m not too worried about bulking up and not fitting in my dress, except in the chest area, but I always avoid any lifts which work the pects.
I guess the answer to all of this is that I’ve gotten a little too comfortable with everything I’m doing. Time to up the ante!
Post # 11
You should probably adopt three cardio-only days, and two serious weightlifting days.
@ ameriem: I’m really sorry they said that to you, because it is a terrible, wrong statement that is based in totally out-dated notions. Women don’t naturally bulk up from weight lifting. It would be nearly impossible to lift so much you couldn’t fit in a dress. If you became a very serious strength trainer, you could resculpt your body in certain ways, but women don’t bulk. It is especially damaging advice because weightlifting is awesome for maintaining lifetime weight control and preventing osteoperosis.
Post # 12
I agree – switch days so you can do each one more intensely. Upping the intensity is key – challenge yourself. Also, even though you won’t bulk up, be aware that increasing weightlifting may make your weight go up / not go down if it otherwise would. Definitely NOT a reason to forego weights, as building muscle weight is key to staying fit, just a reason not to get down if your feel stronger, your clothes are looser, and the scale says you’re not losing weight.
Post # 13
Muscle will burn fat for you after the workout. If you do quick lighter reps you’ll lengthen and tone. If you are doing heavy reps (think 4-6) then you’ll bulk up. I try and make sure I hit at least 10 and do them quick…
Post # 14
Switching up is definitely the way to go…and maybe also change your “measuring stick”…if you took your measurements before you started your workouts or when you ordered your dress, use those as starting point & measure how many inches you’ve lost (much better way to see if you’ve lost a size or not). Or pull out your “skinny girl” clothes that you used to fit…see if they fit anymore. I may have just plateaued with my weight (still the same as last week) but I just took my measurments & noticed that I’m down a total of 3.25 inches all over!
Good Luck with the change up!
Post # 15
Lifting is marginally better for weight loss, but it’s even better to do a combination of both.
Post # 16
Oh I do keep track of my measurements in addition to weight. I try to tell myself that I don’t really care what the number on the scale is as long as I’m getting fitter and more toned. But I had stopped losing inches when I plateaued as well. I find it actually more satisfying to lose inches than to lose lbs.