Tyler Robbins Fitness

B.Sc. Biochemistry, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT/CF-L3), USA Weightlifting Level 1

Day 34 - Fitness Fallacy

Cardio Training is Better for me Than Resistance Training. Well, depends. The correct answer should be that both types of training are equally important!

I see this all the time. Women especially head into a gym, hop on an elliptical or treadmill, etc and work away for an extended period of time, work up a slight sweat, then go home. What good is that? 

First of all, you are only working a specific portion of your body, not to mention not really burning a whole heck of a lot of calories. Yes, cardiovascular training is important. You need to get your heart rate up to clear the junk out of your arteries and veins to allow your heart to work more efficiently.

Second, a longer, slow-burn type of cardio session can do wonders to burning fat, lowering your resting heart rate, and lowering blood pressure. 

On the other hand, EVERYONE should incorporate some sort of strength training into their balanced exercise plan a couple times a week, at least! Men and women a like should work all of the muscles in their body at least twice a week.

Cardiovascular exercise is great for your brain and your internal plumbing, but resistance training is what will not only give you the calorie burn you are looking for during and following your workout. 

Not only that, but a properly-designed resistance program can elicit proper strains and forces placed on your bones, joints, and ligaments so that they can continue to repair and grow. This is important so that your body is strong and durable into old age.

Quote of the day:
"There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened. We all have a choice. You can decide which type of person you want to be. I have always chosen to be in the first group."
-Mary Kay Ash