Workout Advice: Cardio Vs Strength Training

As selected by Cathy Schaum, FT Tyngsboro/Nashua from Women’s Health Magazine

A WH Fitness Face Off

by Liz Plosser

In one corner: Dumbbells. In the other: A jump rope. The ref: WH, slicing and dicing the research to determine whether strength or cardio rules.

Passat or Prius?
Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods? And when it comes to getting the body you want: strength training or cardio? Back when you carpooled in Ma’s minivan, men went to the weight room and women hit Jazzercise. But recently, taking a cue from athletes, many fitness gurus insist that strength training is where it’s at. Some even suggest ditching cardio altogether.

To resolve the strength vs. cardio conundrum, we culled research and chatted up experts to find out how each would fare in a head-to-head matchup (don’t worry, nobody’s going to bite anyone’s ear off). Whether you want to get buff, torch calories, or run your fastest mile ever, we’ve decoded which discipline you should devote your sweat to — and created a workout that’s perfectly proportioned to give you all the benefits. Now, let’s get ready to rumble…

Ulimate Goal: To KO fat — AND KEEP IT OFF

Cardio’s edge
Calorie for calorie, cardio has a slight advantage. You’ll burn 8 to 10 calories a minute hoisting weights, compared with 10 to 12 calories a minute running or cycling, says Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., director of research at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Strength’s edge
Lifting weights gives you a metabolic spike for an hour after a workout because your body is trying hard to help your muscles recover. That means you’ll fry an additional 25 percent of the calories you just scorched during your strength session, Westcott says. “So if you burned 200 calories lifting weights, it’s really closer to 250 overall.” And if you lift heavier weights or rest no more than 30 seconds between sets, you can annihilate even more.

And there’s more good news when it comes to iron’s fat-socking power. “For every 3 pounds of muscle you build, you’ll burn an extra 120 calories a day — just vegging — because muscle takes more energy to sustain,” Westcott says. Over the course of a year, that’s about 10 pounds of fat — without even changing your diet. Yes, please.


Cathy Schaum Owner FT Tyngsboro/Nashua
I have been the owner of Fitness Together in Tyngsboro, MA since 2005. The convenient location of our studio, allows us to serve clients from many areas, including the greater Tyngsboro-Dunstable, Lowell, and North Chelmsford areas, as well as, Nashua & southern, NH. I am extremely proud to say that for over 5 years my studio has produced some of the best Fitness Together client success stories in New England, if not the country! I believe that a team-oriented approach is the key component to our clients’ many success stories. My role, as owner, is significant to bringing the trainers and each client together on a mutually established path towards success.

After a very successful, yet demanding career in the corporate world, I realized the professional challenges and stress were creating havoc to my well-being. Therefore, I made the decision to work towards a career that held my passion and allowed me to help other people. For over twelve years, I have educated myself in health and fitness through seminars, course work, the process of certifications, and extensive practical personal training experience. Playing a role in helping people change their lives has been an extremely rewarding experience. I take special pride in the medical improvements my clients have achieved over the years, because I understand the detrimental affects medical issues can have on a family, as well as on the individual involved.

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