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Cardio or Strength

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 14, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Okay, so I know that it is ideal to mix both cardio and strenghth together, but I am kind of not sure how to make it worth iwth little free time? I feel like I am bulking up underneath fat rather than any fat loss...Any fitness expert willing to give some good advice? Thanks :D

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on November 14, 2012
at 02:23 AM

For fat loss, I would do 100% strength and low-intensity exercise like walking, and 0% cardio.

My primary form of exercise used to be running (csrdio) about 12-14 miles per week. I got ok at it but never felt great and never lost weight.

One day I dropped that completely and switched to strength exercises (kettlebells, calisthenics, etc) and immediately lost 10 pounds. Later i switched to crossfit and so far have lost 6 inches off my waist and am noticeably leaner.

Csrdio was essentially keeping me fat. I have since talked to others who had a similar experience. A friend of mine recently ran a marathon. During his training, he actually gained weight until his training runs were more than 12-14 miles then he lost a little weight, but then gained it all back and then some after the race. Imagine running 10 miles 3 times per week... Sheer torture!

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

i usually do high intensity interval training for about 20 minutes a day and then a 10 minute walk after. i don't need to do any more than that. i really like the site bodyrock.tv. all the workouts on there are designed as HIIT so you get a good sweat.

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on November 30, 2012
at 09:14 AM

I think it's very difficult to lose weight doing lots of cardio. In fact I would suggest that you can get very hungry indeed doing cardio and if you're not naturally lean, then you will end up craving carbs. I think it's difficult to regulate unless you have a long history of cardio to back everything up.

For the average person with some weight to lose, I'd focus on weights, get the weight down and then if you're drawn to running, great.

I agree with the person who says that it's important to enjoy it. If you're not having fun, it probably won't last.

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on November 30, 2012
at 07:48 AM

I'm trying to gain muscle but i also want to shed some extra fat for better definition. I'm not burning enough calories with weight training alone but i don't want to lose my muscle gain either by doing cardio. How much cardio can one do safely without wasting muscle? If i do cardio on a empty stomach in the morning will i lose muscle too? I want to stay in an anabolic state.

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on November 16, 2012
at 08:55 AM

Both are very mandatory for us to build our muscle but must of time we should spend doing cardio for better body.i do regular and my body is looking in well shape.

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on November 16, 2012
at 08:30 AM

Do what u like and have fun. I'm a competitive trail runner so it is imperative I do cardio.

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