Training for Fat Loss – Cardio vs Resistance

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 is one of today’s leaders in health and wellness, with more than 15 years’ experience from across the globe. As a celebrity trainer with a continued national and international presence, Mark promotes his well-balanced, holistic approach to fitness and lifestyle through media platforms worldwide.

Mark has created his own online health, fitness and lifestyle brand Get Fit Fast The Complete Workout System with workouts, meal plans and workout schedules available for download at Mark is also a resident trainer on USA digital workout platform Fit Fusion, USA based iPhone application Go Flaunt It, and his home workout DVDs range is distributed through the USA by Watch It Now Entertainment at

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