The age old question, which should I be doing? Should I do cardio workouts or resistance training. Well to any beginners out there, that completely depends on what your end goals are, how often you want to train, how long you want to train and also what you enjoy doing in the gym.
For me personally, my goals were to lose two and a half stone in weight and at the same time tone up. The best way for me to achieve this was to mix my cardio and resistance training.
The best way of losing weight quickly and maintaining that weight loss rate is to significantly boost your metabolism rate, and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), is the best weapon for that. The methodology is focused around short burts of very high intensity training, ideally first thing in the morning, to boost your metabolism for the following hours. 20 minutes of HIIT training has been compared to 40 minutes of jogging.
What if you aren’t a fan of cardio? Well, you can incorporate HIIT into your workouts in other ways. For example, you can create circuits, with burpees, star jumps, lunges, squats, deadlifts, and so many more exercises. It doesn’t just have to be on a treadmill. You may prefer rowing or cycling, in which you can also incorporate HIIT training. Just adapt the exercise to the methodology of short powerful bursts of energy.
What about the toning up? Well combining weight loss/HIIT training with resistance training is the best method of achieving this goal. High reps with a 60-80% of your 1 rep max, aiming to hit 12-15 reps of each set will firm your muscles and tone them up as they get used to being in this constant state of tension.
So far on my journey I have lost one and a quarter stone, significantly toned up my body and am only half way through my journey. I hope these tips help you to understand the differences but also how to use both cardio and resistance training together to get the goals you want.