The Great Debate: Cardio or Weights?
Like most questions, my initial answer is “it depends.” This is no different. My full answer to this question is “it depends, but probably both.”
It depends, because, you want to match your actions to your outcome.
Probably both, because, it’s very rarely going to be either/or rather a different mix depending on the results you want.
Both cardio focused movements like running, biking, or rowing and weight training have their merits. It all depends on what you hope to achieve.
It’s like the famous quote from Alice in Wonderland when Alice asks the Cheshire Cat which way she out to go from here. Alice doesn’t much care where. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
Unlike Alice, I suspect that you do care and if you’re reading this, I suspect your primary focus likely relates to fat loss, muscle gain, or a bit a both. You want to look good, and you want to feel good.
Both weight training and cardio can support that. I’ve seen and worked with people who have lost an incredible amount of weight doing nothing but running.
I’ve also seen and worked with people who have lost an incredible amount of weight who only run to the door of the gym when it’s raining.
Heck, I’ve even seen and worked with people who have lost an incredible amount of weight through diet and nutrition alone (and maybe some softball games sprinkled in there for good measure).
If you want to maximize your results, here’s the secret: do what you enjoy.
There’s no one right way to achieve your goals. Thousands of paths can all converge on the same result. The paths lead to the same destination, but the journey along those paths couldn’t be more different.
The key is consistency. What will you actually do?
Yes, I’m a firm believer that making weight training a priority and supporting this with some type of cardio work is the best for optimizing not only your goal-oriented results but your health overall.
That’s my belief. I’m also very pragmatic. I can craft the best training program I’ve ever written for you but if you’re not going to do it, was it really the best?
That’s a rhetorical question. The answer is obviously a resounding “no.” And that’s completely fine. I can help coach you and guide you to the path that will get you the results you want in the quickest way possible. But that might not be the right path for you. Again, completely fine.
The point in all of this is not to think so black and white but rather consider what you enjoy doing and find that “special blend” that works for you.
This is what we do in my Hero Body Coaching program. This is the only 12-Week Custom coaching program that gives you faster results without having to give up your favorite foods or spend hours in the gym (especially if running is more your thing). That, and you’ll receive more one-on-one support then you’ll find anywhere else.