I was getting ready to teach my Monday STRENGTH™ class when one of my regular clients said she was going to do CYCLE™ today instead of my RESISTANCE class because she was feeling “fat” and needed some extra cardio….so once my ego had recovered from the fact that she wasn’t doing MY class, I asked why she believed she would burn more calories in a cardio class, as opposed to a high intensity resistance class?
This got me thinking as to what was the thought of most people out there, so I decided to write this blog
Weight loss comes down to a simple equation of calories consumed against calories spent in a day, so if you want to lose weight, you need to put yourself in calorie deficit. Now its probably true that you will burn more instant calories in a cardio session….but keep in mind this is dependant on the intensity of that session…however thinking long term, and from my own experiences, I believe there are other facts to be considered.
Muscle is the most active tissue in the body, it will burn more calories than fat, by increasing your lean muscle mass you will inturn increase the amount of calories your body needs to function, making you burn calories more efficiently, not to mention resistance training keeps you toned and preserves muscle mass which decreases with age.
Calories burnt will also be dependant on the intensity you train at, being cardio or resistance. I do believe that in the long run, resistance training plays a more important role than cardio in staying in great shape, however they are both important as they each serve a different purpose.
Cardiovascular training- Works to strengthen the heart and lungs
Resistance Training- Works to increase lean muscle and strength
Once again it comes back to moderation and variety, so I think a good balance of both will give the average exerciser all the tools they need to be feeling fit, firm and fabulous!!
Marks recommendation for the average exerciser is
3x Full body resistance sessions each week
2x cardiovascular sessions each week, preferably on the days between resistance training
2x Rest days
Mark Moon is a holistic fitness and wellbeing coach with over 20 years experience educating people on the importance of a balanced and sustainable approach to their health and lifestyle. His philosophy is to teach people to think long term and big picture about how they want their life to look, and uses modalities such as strength training, yoga and life coaching to help them create it.
As a dynamic and down-to-earth trainer, Mark believes there are three key areas to sustainable fitness: MINDSET – NUTRITION – MOVEMENT – and when optimized, there’s no limit to the personal, professional and wider life goals you can achieve.
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