When to switch from Cardio intense workout to Weight intense workout?

  • cesarin03

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    Mar 31, 2009 6:30 PM GMT
    I've been on here for a few years and have never posted. But after reading the forums for a while now, i figure I can ask for some advice from the community on this topic.

    So when I came out to myself it was junior year of college. I was then 310 lbs. Bought a book fitness for life (matt roberts) and followed the routines and guidlines set forth in that book. By the time I graduated about 18 months later I was at 260 lbs. Continued the workouts in the book until i reached 210, the year when i came back from my year abroad in Tokyo.

    Relationship hits and from 2006 to 2008, the weight crept back into me, because my ex had the metabolism of a squirrel, and i didn't. When we broke up i was back at 290 lbs.

    So this time around, i'm starting off the same way, more cardio than weight lifting, and more compound type of workouts with light weights.

    I currently do low intensity cardio (HR between 110 to 130) for an hour about 6 times a week, and workout with my trainer 3x a week (light weights compound exercises, boxing, core training). I'm back at 253 lbs.

    At what weight is it appropriate to switch out to more weight training and less cardio? I also have a pear shaped body (damn the junk in the trunk).

    Thanks guys in advance for your input.
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    Apr 06, 2009 1:26 PM GMT
    I am not the expert that some guys in these forums are but I understand with your decisions. I have fitness/nutrition goals that I am working on that I havent completely acheived yet. What I was told by my trainer, chiropractor, and have read is that cardio training is good for short term calorie loss but weight/muscle training is good for long term fat loss. I am sure other guys here might correct me on this but from what I understand for every pound of muscle you have, you burn more fat in the long term in comparision to cardio. Cardio is still good. They just go about it a different way. Cardio burns calories now while you do the exercise, not after you finish the exercise. Weight training builds muscle and that muscle burns fat when you are not working out. So I dont know if a specific time is better than any other. I think any time would be good to switch to more weight intensive but there are other guys here on this site that are better at giving that advice than me.
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    Apr 20, 2009 6:24 PM GMT
    You need to do both.

    One day of upper body lifting.

    One day of lower body lifting.

    Three days of High Intensity Interval Cardio inbetween.

    Don't forget the nutrition aspect. It's even more important than the working out is.