Cardio vs. Weights
Is it really even a debate?
Weights trumps cardio on any given day.
But that doesn’t mean cardio is bad or pointless. It’s a tool and it definitely has its place when it’s needed.
But for many average individuals just starting their fat loss transformation, they actually debate between which to prioritize…
The answer is strength training (weights) and the following gives 3 simple reasons why.
Adaptation happens A LOT faster with cardio and when you adapt, aka get better or more efficient, your body uses less calories to get the job done. This means you slowly STOP cutting fat from what was once helpful. Whereas with strength training and lifting weights, it’s a much slower adaptation process and even when you DO adapt… you progress by building strength and muscle which is the end goal anyway. And to do that, the variety you can put into strength training is endless – allowing you to constantly make this equation work for you.
Your metabolism actually slows down over time if you do too much cardio for too long, this is obviously a bad thing. Strength training increases your metabolism, continuously, over the long-run. Now, HIIT (high intensity interval training) can increase your metabolism but it needs to be done in a smart way and NOT over-done or the same negative impact will happen (and nervous system burn out will occur faster as well).
It’s likely your joint health can and will degrade much faster with cardio. Whereas with strength training, you’re building it up to be stronger and have your joints last longer.
So no matter your goal…
Strength training and lifting weights, WINS.
And when you’re going to throw some cardio in, be smart about how you program it and know that it’s not a long-term solution for fat loss.
When you adapt to cardio, you become MORE efficient at it…That leads to less calorie burn.
Too much cardio will slow metabolism down-there’s not enough variety to avoid adaptation or burnout.
There’s 2,000 steps in a mile…meaning jogging a mile is jumping on each joint 1,000 times.
Slow adaptation leads to gains and there is so much variety, you’ll consistently make this happen.
Weight training INCREASES your metabolism long-term, while providing constant variety to avoid over adaptation.
Builds Up Joints
Strength training builds durability in muscle, tendon, ligaments, cartilage…SAVING your joints long term.
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