Cardio VS Weights

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Do you want to know if Cardio or Weights is better for your goal?

Well then… this is for you.
I talk to women daily and their biggest focus is cardio because they want to burn all the fat!!! Then build lean muscle mass.
And I just have to say… STOP!
The best way to burn fat fast is finding a good balance with weights and cardio.

Don’t just focus on one.

Weights will help build that lean muscle mass in order to give that “toned” look. A lot of people believe they will look tone, once all the fat is gone and to be honest… it doesn’t work that way. Without weights, you will loose the weight then look at your body and still not be happy. Wouldn’t you rather loose the weight and just be happy? Well, you can be but you need weights.

If you are trying to lose 15lbs or more and only have an hour in the gym, I would highly recommend doing at least 30 minutes of weights then knocking out 30 minutes of cardio. You don’t need more than 30 minutes of cardio, if you over due it, it can backfire and cause you to gain weight.

If you are trying to maintain and only have an hour in the gym, I would recommend doing 45 minutes of weights and 15 minutes of interval cardio. Interval cardio will help you drop that stubborn fat.

If you want to gain weight then I would recommend focusing on weights and do about 5-10 minutes of cardio.

WEIGHT TRAINING BENEFITS:

  • Muscle helps keep off the fat: The more lean muscle mass you have the more calories you burn which will help keep off the extra fluff.
  • Strengthens your bones: By stressing your bones, strength training can increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Manage chronic conditions: Strength training can reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions, such as arthritis, back pain, obesity, heart disease and diabetes. plus you will look and feel better!

CARDIO BENEFITS:

  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Helps regulate blood sugar

When to do weights and cardio….

I always recommend to workout in the morning on an empty stomach. This way your HGH is higher (better for building lean muscle mass) and doing it fasted will help burn stored fat. So every morning, I wake up, do a warm up then get straight to weight training for at least 40 minutes then 20 minutes of interval cardio to maximize burning fat. I try to be done with my workout by 8am then I fast until about 11 or noon, 5 days a week.

I eat a lean protein with a healthy fat for my first meal. About 3-4 hours later, I have a high protein snack with a carb. My last meal is usually around 6pm and I do a protein, complex carb and healthy fat to end the day. I aim to do that 4-5 days a week. The other days, I have large eating windows and eat whatever I want. That way, I never feel deprived.

Another question I get asked about all the time is, do I do cardio or weight first?

I always recommend doing weights first then finish with cardio. You’ll be stronger during your weight session and it makes it easier to be in fat burning mode by the time you get to your cardio because you most likely depleted your glycogen and now only have fat as a fuel source which is good news for those who want to burn stubborn fat! But if for whatever reason, this is too difficult, I recommend starting with whatever feels right to you and once you get that dialed in then try this approach and see how it works for you.

I hope these tips helped you figure out a good routine but if you are still struggling then let’s jump on a zoom call so I can help you. Book your call by clicking here. Once you do that, you will have to fill out an application and then just show up on time for our call. I can’t wait to talk with you.

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