When you go to the gym and are trying to lose weight, do you know which type of exercise is best? Should you do cardio, weight training, or both? How much should you do of each? Personal trainer Mike Donavanik C.S.C.S C.P.T has some answers.
First you need to ask yourself what you are trying to achieve. Are you looking to lose pounds off the scale or are you looking to lose fat, tone, and tighten your body to look better in that holiday dress you have been dying to wear? If you are looking to lose weight on the scales, cardio is the way to go. A recent study by researchers at Duke University showed that those who participated in aerobic exercise lost weight faster and in less time than those who chose strength training. Cardio is great for your heart rate and burning calories, but if you are looking to strengthen your muscles, it is not going to be very helpful.
A study was done by researchers at Penn State who found that people who chose lifting over cardio burned far more fat and gained more muscle than those who did cardio. When doing cardio some of the weight that came off was from muscles. When you are lifting you are gaining some serious muscle. Donavanik states that when you gain three pounds of pure muscle you are going to burn 120 more calories per day without even having to do anything.
This does not meant that you should switch over to weight training and forget about cardio altogether though! Cardio has many health benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked, even if you are just trying to lose some fat. It is also one of the best ways to reduce stress. Get an even mix of cardio and weight training at the gym for a great workout and some great weight loss!