Cardio first, then weights?

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    Nov 15, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    My main goal right now is to lose weight and inches. I'm really out of shape and have a hard time doing any strength training, but I want to change that.

    I was thinking of doing mostly cardio until I got to a more comfortable size, and then start strength training afterward.

    Is this a good idea, or should I start strength training right away? I want to lose about 65 pounds, but I'm afraid if I start lifting weights right now, I'll become too bulky for my height.
  • Bowyn_Aerrow

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    Nov 15, 2011 1:08 AM GMT
    You have no idea what you are doing, do you?

    I strongly suggest you hit the Public Library and start researching how exercise words and how muscles are built. There is just way to much data out there to cover in a single post.
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    Nov 15, 2011 1:14 AM GMT
    Bowyn_Aerrow saidYou have no idea what you are doing, do you?

    I strongly suggest you hit the Public Library and start researching how exercise words and how muscles are built. There is just way to much data out there to cover in a single post.


    ditto.
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    Nov 15, 2011 9:03 PM GMT
    Bowyn_Aerrow saidYou have no idea what you are doing, do you?

    I strongly suggest you hit the Public Library and start researching how exercise words and how muscles are built. There is just way to much data out there to cover in a single post.


    You're right, I have no idea, which is why I asked.
  • Koaa2

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    Nov 15, 2011 9:12 PM GMT
    As you proceed on this quest you will get a different opinion, from everyone. If you belong to a gym, might help to find a trainer, that you trust, and try to get some individual help for a while, until you feel comfortable on your own. Like some of said, education is also the key. You have to learn on your own also, and picking up some fitness books and magazines, might help you.
  • gwuinsf

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    Nov 15, 2011 9:32 PM GMT
    I agree with getting a trainer. They will be able to create a program for you that will help you achieve your goals.

    If you can't afford that, here's the simplest advice I can give - doing anything is probably better than what you're doing now. So screw doing the right thing or the best thing, just do something. Since it sounds like you have little experience with exercise, find stuff you like to do and start with that. If it's cardio, do that. If you find cardio too boring, left weights. Either way it will be a start towards your goals.
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    Nov 15, 2011 9:45 PM GMT
    In terms of cardio (all I've ever known) rollerskating is good since it also works your core. Just be sure to buy a decent pair and not the crap they sell at sports authority.
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    Nov 15, 2011 9:48 PM GMT
    gwuinsf saidI agree with getting a trainer. They will be able to create a program for you that will help you achieve your goals.

    If you can't afford that, here's the simplest advice I can give - doing anything is probably better than what you're doing now. So screw doing the right thing or the best thing, just do something. Since it sounds like you have little experience with exercise, find stuff you like to do and start with that. If it's cardio, do that. If you find cardio too boring, left weights. Either way it will be a start towards your goals.



    This - do something, anything and do it regularly! And trust me, you will not get big and bulky from lifting weights as a novice and what will amount to a casual level at the beginning. Don't worry - just do.
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    Nov 15, 2011 9:52 PM GMT
    GERGIN said
    Bowyn_Aerrow saidYou have no idea what you are doing, do you?

    I strongly suggest you hit the Public Library and start researching how exercise words and how muscles are built. There is just way to much data out there to cover in a single post.


    ditto.


    Way to be helpful. /end sarcasm

    To the OP, I suggest you do both cardio and weights, just not on the same day. Intense lifting that includes short rest periods and supersets burns fat in addition to building muscle.

    On your cardio days, you should try interval training, which burns fat more efficiently and effectively than extended cardio.

    Good luck.
  • rexinfx

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    Nov 17, 2011 2:58 AM GMT
    TroyAthlete said
    GERGIN said
    Bowyn_Aerrow saidYou have no idea what you are doing, do you?

    I strongly suggest you hit the Public Library and start researching how exercise words and how muscles are built. There is just way to much data out there to cover in a single post.


    ditto.


    Way to be helpful. /end sarcasm

    To the OP, I suggest you do both cardio and weights, just not on the same day. Intense lifting that includes short rest periods and supersets burns fat in addition to building muscle.

    On your cardio days, you should try interval training, which burns fat more efficiently and effectively than extended cardio.

    Good luck.


    This great advice. I don't mix my cardio and weights on the same days -- I get tired and can't give full attention to the 'other' activity.
  • trijiminal

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    Nov 17, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    since you're trying to lose weight, it may be helpful to know:

    when you do cardio, you only burn fat while you're actively working out
    but, when you build muscle, your muscles consume fat while you're resting. So, it is actually easier to lose weight with more muscle.

    not that i'm advocating doing primarily weight training (i'm not). but, its still good to incorporate some lifting into your workout.
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    Nov 17, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    First, talk to a trainer and have them start you out. They will give you some of the very important safety dos and don'ts.

    Second, talk to a nutritionist. Explain to them what the trainer is telling you and what your fitness goals are.

    Pay attention to what is going on inside your body as well as how you look outside. And in the end the real changes will come from your own commitment to changing your nutrition and exercise habits.
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    Nov 17, 2011 3:10 AM GMT
    Change your diet, do light cardio, and lift weights. Keep in mind that lifting weights burns calories as well so heavy cardio will be pointless for you.
  • jena2nsu

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    Nov 22, 2011 3:02 AM GMT
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