Cardio vs. Weight Training

  • WSUBrad

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    May 07, 2009 12:48 AM GMT
    I'm sure I'm not the first to ask this, but I am curious about where I should focus my time: Cardio or Weight Training

    My goal is to lose weight and especially get rid of some unwanted belly fat. I have time to use every morning, but don't know what I should be doing with it!

    My tools: treadmill, a bandflex (think cheap bowflex), some resistance bands, a set of dumbbells up to 25lbs, a long bar, and a big exercise ball.

    I know a big part of meeting my goal is also dieting. This is probably where I struggle the most! What I keep searching for, and have yet to find, is a grocery list that I can take to the store and get everything on to make my meals for the week. I'm a college student, so eating healthy on a tight budget is important.

    I want to get my body ready to go for my vacation to San Francisco this July.

    Thanks for your help!
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    May 07, 2009 12:56 AM GMT
    hehe.. this is such an uncontroversial topic...

    depends on your exact goals. The best answer is probably a mix of both, but do your cardio as Interval training, not just a 30 minute run. Much more efficient. Body weight stuff also works very well doubling as CV: WHat sort of body are you after
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    May 07, 2009 2:35 AM GMT
    proper eating + weight training + cardio = success

    Each of those individual activities will help you lose the unwanted weight. But if you do all three concurrently, you'll lose the weight faster AND you'll gain muscle mass (or muscle tone if you don't want to be too muscular).

    If you only focus on one activity at a time, it will take you longer to make any progress. And it just creates frustration.

    Proper eating is hard, especially if you're in school. But it just takes a little discipline and planning. Buy chicken breasts in bulk, enough to last you for a few days or the entire week. Spend Sunday evening or whenever to grill them up. Put each cooked chicken breast in a Gladware or Tupperware container. Put them all in the fridge.

    Then each day pull out one of your chicken containers and reheat it in the microwave. Add some rice and veggies. Instant healthy meal.

    If you want to get a little fancy, there are lots of chicken recipes out there on the internet.
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    May 07, 2009 4:52 AM GMT
    If u r over-weight, obviously *CARDIO* is where da bulk of ur time needs to be, if u want to tone up, add sum weights as wellicon_wink.gif
  • UncleverName

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    May 07, 2009 3:40 PM GMT
    masculine31 saidIf u r over-weight, obviously *CARDIO* is where da bulk of ur time needs to be, if u want to tone up, add sum weights as wellicon_wink.gif


    Actually, as XRICHX said above, focus on Cardio, Weight Training, and Proper Diet, all at the same time. According to a recent study I read about, proper diet is about 3 times more effective at transforming your body than Cardio or Weight Training.

    Further, contrary to popular myths, weight training can be more effective than cardio even. Muscle at rest burns fat. Therefore, the more muscle you put on, the more fat you will burn, even when you're not moving.

    And like LostBoy said, interval training (or HIIT: High Intensity Interval Training) is even better for cardio than steady state, run of the mill cardio. Intense interval training is much more effective for fat loss, especially because you don't need to do it for nearly as long as steady state cardio to see results.
    The best interval exercise to do, imo, is sprints on a track. You can also do them up stair wells, or with hills on a treadmill. It's very tough to get enough intensity on a tread mill though.
  • WSUBrad

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    May 07, 2009 5:43 PM GMT
    Thanks for the replies and food ideas, guys! Sounds like I have some work to do!

    Also, the type of body I am looking for is what I'd call medium-muscular. I want some definition, but not necessarily huge muscles. Think a beefy swimmer...

    I definitely do NOT have the genetics of family history for this type of build, but I figure with enough work, I might be able to get closer than most of the men in my family.
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    May 07, 2009 5:55 PM GMT
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    masculine31 saidIf u r over-weight, obviously *CARDIO* is where da bulk of ur time needs to be, if u want to tone up, add sum weights as wellicon_wink.gif


    Actually, as XRICHX said above, focus on Cardio, Weight Training, and Proper Diet, all at the same time. According to a recent study I read about, proper diet is about 3 times more effective at transforming your body than Cardio or Weight Training.

    Further, contrary to popular myths, weight training can be more effective than cardio even. Muscle at rest burns fat. Therefore, the more muscle you put on, the more fat you will burn, even when you're not moving.

    And like LostBoy said, interval training (or HIIT: High Intensity Interval Training) is even better for cardio than steady state, run of the mill cardio. Intense interval training is much more effective for fat loss, especially because you don't need to do it for nearly as long as steady state cardio to see results.
    The best interval exercise to do, imo, is sprints on a track. You can also do them up stair wells, or with hills on a treadmill. It's very tough to get enough intensity on a tread mill though.


    Yep
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    May 07, 2009 7:26 PM GMT
    WSUBrad saidAlso, the type of body I am looking for is what I'd call medium-muscular. I want some definition, but not necessarily huge muscles. Think a beefy swimmer...


    You ain´t gonna get that on mostly cardio. Period. (1) DIET. (2) Lift (3) Intervals in that level of importance. That´s not three options, it´s one option with layered priority.

  • WSUBrad

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    May 08, 2009 2:09 AM GMT
    What type of diet would you suggest, lostboy? High Protein, low carb, the usual?

    Also, for those that have mentioned HIIT, I'm hearing that the treadmill is not the best place to get that. I have a set of stairs in my house. Do I just need to run up and down those? What other exercises should I try?

    Thank you all so much for this great advice!

  • UncleverName

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    May 08, 2009 5:45 PM GMT
    WSUBrad saidWhat type of diet would you suggest, lostboy? High Protein, low carb, the usual?

    Also, for those that have mentioned HIIT, I'm hearing that the treadmill is not the best place to get that. I have a set of stairs in my house. Do I just need to run up and down those? What other exercises should I try?

    Thank you all so much for this great advice!



    In terms of HIIT, I did sprints up the stairs in my building. If you can do it, I'd say that you should figure out how many flights you need to sprint up for 2 minutes. Then do sets of 4 of that, taking 2 minutes of rest between each set. After doing 4 sets, take a 5 minute break, and then repeat once more. So all in all, you should be running up the stairs 8 times, and it should take you roughly 33 minutes (or so).

    After you get better at it, start trying for better times. Do the same amount of running in 1:50, 1:40, etc.

    You can also do the same thing on the street. Pick a street block to run around, and then do the same deal as I said with the stairs. Works really good.