Which burns more calories... cardio or weight training?

  • manpit209

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    Mar 20, 2010 3:56 AM GMT
    I've changed my workout schedule around because I really hate the crowds at my gym. I used to workout after work but there were so many people that I had to wait to use equipment. So I've changed my schedule so I go to the gym during lunch and it's been a pretty good set up for me. The only issue is that I really only have 30 minutes to do my workout. I have a lunch hour and after a 30 minute workout, it'll take me another 20-30 minutes to shower and dress plus wait if there are no open stalls and to get to my locker.

    So during my 30 minutes I do weights one day and the next day and repeat. My problem is that I have a small gut and I'm really trying to burn it off. I posted about this before and a few people suggested that I eat the same amount that I eat but just work out harder to burn the excess calories. I'm curious to know which one burns more calories... cardio or weights? Since I have a limited time to workout, I really want to be efficient and get maximum results in limited time.

    I have also contemplated getting an HRM because I think it could really help me especially if I don't have a lot of time to waste. Before I didn't really care how long I workout. I used to do 1 hour or a little longer since I don't have to go back to work after.

    Thanks for any feedback!
  • TexanMan82

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    Mar 22, 2010 11:30 PM GMT
    That's difficult to answer. What kind of cardio? What kind of lifting? Do you mean calories burned during those 30 minutes? Do you mean following the workout?

    What are your goals?
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    Mar 23, 2010 3:37 AM GMT
    probably a combo of both.

    more muscle means you continuously burn more calories than you do right now.
    with cardio, you can burn 500-600 cal. in 30 min and benefit from a certain after burner effect for a few hours .

    Over 24 hours i couldn't say which one burns the most.
    but doing both should pay off.



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    Mar 23, 2010 3:55 AM GMT
    Why don't you try weight training on your lunch and going for a run after work?

  • manpit209

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    Mar 23, 2010 5:33 AM GMT
    Bartron saidWhy don't you try weight training on your lunch and going for a run after work?


    I was actually thinking the same thing. 30 minutes isn't really long enough to do a whole lot. I'm a little hesitant because I thought going to the gym twice a day could be a little excessive.

    My goal is gain some more muscle mass and to burn off the belly fat. I'm currently 5'7" and 155-ish lbs. I'd like to stay 150 to 160 lbs but have it be all muscle and less fat. As of now I'm somewhat soft because of the fat.

    Thanks for the feedback so far!
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    Mar 23, 2010 5:39 AM GMT
    http://www.weightlossweapons.com/blog/exercise/high-intensity-interval-training-hiit/
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    Mar 23, 2010 6:57 AM GMT
    You could try alternating days of HIIT (read up on the tabata protocol, the original version) and full body circuits. That way you are working intensely and in a short amount of time. The other option is twice a day.

    If you go for the alternate day whole body circuits it´s quite nice to have 2 or even 3 that you use in a cycle: helps you get less bored and makes sure you are doing a wide range of exercises. Find something that takes 9 or 10 minutes to do, do it twice after a short warm up with a short break in the middle. Maybe you could do the stretching part at home in the evening (MAKE SURE YOU STRETCH)....

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    Mar 23, 2010 7:23 AM GMT
    If you want to burn calories and get cardio fit you have to do cardio workouts. Don't worry about only having 30' in which to do it because that is ideal for interval training which is much more effective at burning calories.

    Warm up for 5 minutes. For the next 25 exercise as hard as you can for 45 seconds and then more gently for the next 45 and so on. Ideally you need to use a heart rate monitor. Your max heart rate is 220- your age. For the high intensity bursts your heart rate needs to be 75-80% of your max heart rate and the gentler bits at about 60 - 65 %.

    If you do this three times a week + two weight trainig sessions you should get into really good shape..n