I know some of you are already disagreeing with me, but hear me out. I am not at all saying that cardio is bad. I am stating reasons as to WHY strength training is better. Weight Training changes your body composition for the better
- Most of us know by now that it is diet that helps us lose weight, but it is resistance training that changes your body composition (your body fat percentage). Doing cardio does help with fat loss, but it only breaks down your existing tissue – and can leave you with a soft or a skinny fat look. To get that sought-after ‘’sculpted’ look, you need to lift heavy weights. Doing hundreds of reps with pink dumbbells is basically another form of cardio, and it’s not going to change your body shape.
- Weight training burns more calories than cardio How many of you believe that doing cardio burns more calories than weight training? If you go by the overstated amount on your elliptical screen which says you burned 500 calories during a moderately paced 20 minute jaunt, then sure. Dependent on the time and intensity of your workouts, it is often true that cardio burns more calories than a weight training session. BUT……
- Cardio provides you with a baseless reason to pig out How many of you have told yourself that because you ran for an hour you ‘deserve’ to have that piece of cake or bowl of ice cream? Magazines drive this by regularly highlighting info that tells you how many minutes of exercise you need to do to burn off certain indulgences. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that. You can’t reverse the damage of a candy bar by bouncing on the stairmaster for 30 minutes - and it’s completely misrepresented way of thinking in itself.
- Weight training gives you self-confidence
- Weight training gives you sculpted body parts