We have so many women contact us asking which is better for weight loss: cardio or lifting weights?
Will weight training make me bulky and masculine? What about my fat burning and “Cardio” work? How can I fit this in because I know this is what burns all the fat? 🤷♀
Cardio can come in many forms such as High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), running, jogging, sprinting or circuit training; while weight training can be implemented through the use of resistance bands, body weight exercises, dumbbells, kettlebells and resistance workouts.
Here, we provide you with a look at both of these forms of exercise and we let you decide which one comes out on top! 🥇
🥊 Round 1 – Weights is the Winner!
Weight training is a highly effective form of working out to encourage calories to burn even after you have finished your session. Perhaps the most well-known health benefit of strength training is that it increases the body’s metabolic rate which in turn can help protect from obesity and all the health conditions that can accompany this.
🥊 Round 2 – Winner’s Corner: Cardio!
Typically, a cardio workout will burn more calories in the same duration of time as a weight-based workout. This means that you can achieve the holy-grail of weight loss: a calorie deficit, quicker by busting out a cardio based training session.
🥊 Round 3 – Winning with Weights!
Cardio burns more calories per session than lifting weights however, weight training helps you to burn calories every single day. Weight training means you will burn off more calories throughout the day, long after your workout. Simply having more lean mass (which takes up less space than fat), means that you will burn more calories in an effort to sustain the lean muscle tissue, which is highly metabolically active; this means the leaner the tissue you have, the easier it is to stay lean.
🥊 Round 4 – Congratulations Cardio!
It is easier to increase the intensity of your cardio workout to boost your calorie burn, than it is with weight-based training. It only takes a small increase in the speed of your run or the height of your jump will instantly boost your calorie burn. You are also able to perform cardio exercises more frequently than weight training. This is because after weight training, your muscles need time to repair and grow stronger.
It’s a tie-breaker! 🏆
So, which lifts the trophy? Cardio or Weight Training?
Here at Results with Lucy, we believe that a varied workout routine is what will get you on the road to a consistent road to getting lean and healthy. This is why our programs offer a range of different workout styles, integrated within our structured plans.
This is also why we recommend workout out 4 times per week, every other day, so that your muscles have time to recover from the strength training included within our workouts 🏋♀