Cardio Vs Weight Training? Still confused?
This is the common confusion which goes in mind of everyone. Many trainers prefer cardio to loose fat than weight training and the common confusion which goes is people consider of they lift weight they will become hulk.
Here is the truth, becoming jacked up is not easy as it looks, it not only weight but proper nutrition is very important in that. So if you are looking for sort cut forget it, you are miles away. Yes running looses weight fast, but we loose lots of muscles in this than fat, and its obvious if not backed up with proper nutrition and guidance. A combination of both helps a lot in building muscles and loosing fat.
Now if you’re after general conditioning, maintaining existing muscle mass and keeping body fat to a minimum, you’re going to need to make a focus on balancing both cardio and weight training. The key is to make sure that one complements the other. Focus on 3 to 4 lifting days and 2 to 3 cardio days in order to promote the results you’re looking for in this respect.
Here’s the catch – only performing steady state cardio can be counterproductive - Too much steady state cardio per week can result in muscle loss. Having said that, seek alternate methods that involve a bit more explosive movement to utilize your strongest muscle fibers available. A half hour of sprints (or even better - hill sprints), intervals, or a solid round of basketball, tennis, or football can be just what the doctor ordered.
If you’re after strict cardiorespiratory benefits, put your emphasis towards steady state cardio. Train for muscular endurance in the weight room and up your reps to above 10 per set. 2 to 3 days a week, aim for distance covered on the treadmill rowing machine, or outside over a longer period of time. 30 to 45 minutes is a good guideline, as the muscular endurance and aerobic capacities will be challenged greatly. This can do well to offset the conditioning one can lose during certain phases of training (like a bulking phase, where you’re eating more and making less effort to drop body weight or body fat).
Above all, however, always lift weights more often than doing cardio. The repeated impact of running, linear motion of biking, swimming or rowing, and endless creations of the same movement pattern and ROM can create muscle imbalances over time that can lead to joint problems. A smart resistance training program can at least counter these effects – so be wise and make cardio supplement your weight training.
Here I am not saying that to go for weight training,we must first understand our goals and work accordingly. Like if you have seen Usain Bolt, his does not do long running, but lots of power and weight training. but this is not case for marathon runners. For a normal human like us if we want a basic ideal body we must focus on combination of both, which will help us improve endurance with strength.