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Weight training verses Cardiovascular

Shazpaz

Regular Member
#1
Hi Guys,

Just wanted some other opinions on this subject.

I went to my Chemist yesterday and asked him about going to the gym. He said its fine, but I will get knackered very quickly as I have no sugar in my body. What really surprised me though is that he advised I stick mainly to weights rather then cardiovascular. He said that building muscle will use more fat then doing for eg...a run on a treadmill. I have always thought the opposite to be true. That going to aerobics or running to be the best way to burn fat, but he is insistant on the weights being the best form of fat burning........and that women often get this wrong.

He did a test on my body fat (not to be confused with BMI). My % of body fat was 39.......I nearly cried until he told me that 35 is normal for a women. He said to go to the gym and that every week he'll check this for me coz the scales may not show if my fat is being converted to muscle, but this little machine will tell me accurately how much fat I have.........I WANT ONE.
 
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#2
Yes I have some of those body composiotion scales, & they are great! :D They're pretty expensive though. I'm doing a mixture of weights & cardio at the Gym, but then I'm not on SS. Perhaps the timing of your exercise is important- perhaps try doing it about 1 hour after eating!? ;)
 

Bea

Back on the wagon!
S: 17st7lb C: 16st5lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 39.3 Loss: 1st2lb(6.53%)
#3
After years of Cardio training (on and off)...I think a combination of both is the best and according to new studies the best for keeping weight off....ie short burst of cardio and a weight training to tone and burn fat around your muscle....when I have just finished LT this week cos of my news!! But I am 11st 13 and in a Size 12....historically I needed to be 10st 8lbls before I could go near a 12....so toning definately makes you tighter and smaller!!!
 

Shazpaz

Regular Member
#4
Hi Bea. You'll be glad to hear I'm off to the Gym now. I'm going to do both like you say. I want to do some weights on my upper arms.....I've not quite got 'bingo wings', but I can see if I'm not careful they could end up that way.:eek:

I've just put my gym clothes on. Its been about 3yrs since I've worn them (I know, I know, I'm very naughty). The last time I wore these I was just over 11 stone. I'm now 12.5 and they are more roomy then last time!!!!!!!! I didn't think I'd get into them. Very odd as I've not been exercising. I do know I've lost inches, but this has given me an even bigger boost. This diet must melt your fat.....I love it. My wedding ring is very loose now and I was getting worried I'd have to have it cut off a few months ago.

I love Lipotrim.:D (and you guys are not bad either!!)
 

Shazpaz

Regular Member
#5
Yes I have some of those body composiotion scales, & they are great! :D They're pretty expensive though. I'm doing a mixture of weights & cardio at the Gym, but then I'm not on SS. Perhaps the timing of your exercise is important- perhaps try doing it about 1 hour after eating!? ;)

Thanks. I will do. I had my shake about 12 so I'm off to the gym now.
x
 
#6
Hiya

Bea is right - you need to be doing both. Don't forget stretching exercises too - very important

Ideally you should aim to work up to:
Cardio : 3-5 times a week, 20-60 mins
Strength (weights etc) 2-3 times a week
Flexibility (stretching) 2-3 times a week

Something like a cardio sculpt class would take care of all 3 in 1.

Just wish I had the energy to follow my own advice!!! LOL - I'll get there

Ails xx
 

Shazpaz

Regular Member
#7
I can honestly say the Pharmacist was spot on when he said I'd be knackered. After 15mins cardio I felt faint. I was VERY close to passing out. I just sat down for a couple of minutes and drank water then got on with my weights and was back to normal. I could definitely feel the effect of lack of sugar.

Its a great feeling when its all over isn't it!:D
 
#8
Cardio uses up your glycogen stores before moving on to the fat reserves, but since you're barely getting any forms of sugar, you will feel quite tired pretty quickly. Your pharmacist is both right and wrong. Cardio will burn off fat while you're at it and a bit more during recovery. Weight training will waste the muscle and through recovery force it to get stronger by building more muscle. Muscle uses up more calories 'to live' than adipose tissue, so the more muscle you have, the more energy you will use even on rest, but muscle itself wont burn enough calories to keep you trim, especially if you dont work every muscle group at least twice a week (only if you're very advanced, read figure competition type of training) you can get away with once a week. HTH
 

Bea

Back on the wagon!
S: 17st7lb C: 16st5lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 39.3 Loss: 1st2lb(6.53%)
#9
Cardio uses up your glycogen stores before moving on to the fat reserves, but since you're barely getting any forms of sugar, you will feel quite tired pretty quickly. Your pharmacist is both right and wrong. Cardio will burn off fat while you're at it and a bit more during recovery. Weight training will waste the muscle and through recovery force it to get stronger by building more muscle. Muscle uses up more calories 'to live' than adipose tissue, so the more muscle you have, the more energy you will use even on rest, but muscle itself wont burn enough calories to keep you trim, especially if you dont work every muscle group at least twice a week (only if you're very advanced, read figure competition type of training) you can get away with once a week. HTH
:fyi: Wow Mapcr - you really know your stuff!!
 

Shazpaz

Regular Member
#10
Cardio uses up your glycogen stores before moving on to the fat reserves, but since you're barely getting any forms of sugar, you will feel quite tired pretty quickly. Your pharmacist is both right and wrong. Cardio will burn off fat while you're at it and a bit more during recovery. Weight training will waste the muscle and through recovery force it to get stronger by building more muscle. Muscle uses up more calories 'to live' than adipose tissue, so the more muscle you have, the more energy you will use even on rest, but muscle itself wont burn enough calories to keep you trim, especially if you dont work every muscle group at least twice a week (only if you're very advanced, read figure competition type of training) you can get away with once a week. HTH

Very interesting. I'm planning on going to the gym twice a week for 1.5hrs each time and swimming once. I'll really struggle to fit anymore then that in. When I go to the gym, I'm going to do 15mins cardio and then onto the weights. My legs are killing today......which is a good feeling:eek:
 
#12
Lol! Thanks girls! One of my future projects, once I finish the phd, would be to qualify as a personal trainer. I used to be a gym bunny a few years ago, but with uni, i don't have the time, the money or the inclination to work out as hard anymore, but soon I'll be back! (I hope!) Because of my (past) regular gym going, a few of my mates are personal trainers, and I read a lot about weight training, dh is still very commited so I'm still up to date with the info, if only I could take it into practice!
 

Bea

Back on the wagon!
S: 17st7lb C: 16st5lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 39.3 Loss: 1st2lb(6.53%)
#13
Oh thats great....I wouldnt mind picking your brain from time to time....I find the whole area really interesting - getting the most of of work outs is so important as when you only have a couple of hours a week to exercise....you need to make the most of it!!
 
#14
Anytime Bea! Will you be doing anything while you're pregnant? Pilates is meant to be good and make birth easier. Anyway, are you on a sort of re-feed now or eating normally again? Have you told your son about the baby brother/sister?
 

Bea

Back on the wagon!
S: 17st7lb C: 16st5lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 39.3 Loss: 1st2lb(6.53%)
#16
Anytime Bea! Will you be doing anything while you're pregnant? Pilates is meant to be good and make birth easier. Anyway, are you on a sort of re-feed now or eating normally again? Have you told your son about the baby brother/sister?
I would like to exercise a little to keep fit...hadnt thought about pilates....just doing my own thing (no sit ups!!!).....

Nope havent told him yet...going to wait till we are 4 months (have only told the gals on line, hubby and sister)....will wait till Christmas....while I am trilled its still early days....
 
#17
Just remember, if you're planning to do Pilates, you shouldn't be doing matwork on your back past the 1st trimester. There's loads of stuff you can do, and you can still do Pilates, Body Balance etc., but you need to be aware of what you should and should not be doing. In the 1st trimester, crunches lying on your back are actually fine. It's only in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters that you have to limit the time you spend lying on your back so as not to compress the vena cava.

Most Pilates instructors will tell you what you can do safely, but it's worth talking to them before the class and getting some advice. I wouldn't advise doing it at home on your own unless you have been to classes. I'd also talk to your doctor about what exercise is and isn't safe during the different stages of pregnancy.
 

Bea

Back on the wagon!
S: 17st7lb C: 16st5lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 39.3 Loss: 1st2lb(6.53%)
#18
Thats useful...seeing my own doc (only saw a locum) next week and have all those questions....last time I didnt exercise but keen to keep fit this time...really appreciate your advice!
 


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