You’ve finally made up your mind! You’re uncomfortable with your appearance and want to make a drastic change. It’s time to hit the gym.
You’ve mentally and physically prepared yourself for months and months of hard work in the gym to lose weight & get in shape. You know the feeling is gonna be awesome when those pounds drop off. You can’t wait to see all of that definition hiding inside you once you lose the weight.
You start day 1 of your journey and hop straight on the crosstrainer for a just about bearable 30–45 minutes at a continous pace. This is then repeated for the next 3 months. The routine becomes very robotlike. You enter the gym, move the arms and legs on the cross trainer, keeping the level the same as when you first started.
Fast forward 3,6,9 months and you’ve discovered there has been a weight loss, the numbers have dropped on the scale. You may have reached or even exceeded your target weight. Suddenly, you look in the mirror at your lighter self and begin to notice after months of hard workouts on the cross trainer, you haven’t acquired that toned, lean muscle definition you wanted. You still appear quite flat, soft and not firm.. despite being smaller. You can see the bodyfat hasn’t dropped as much as the weight number has.
I can eliminate the misconception that doing Cardio alone will get you a toned body. While yes it helps burns calories, you can actually burn more calories with resistance training. The resistance training will help tighten the muscles, make them firm and shaped so that when you have a lower body fat percentage, this definition you’re looking for will be right in your sights.
The metabolic effect on the body from resistance training is far greater than just cardio alone, meaning an improved metabolism for effective fat loss.
So shall I even bother doing any Cardio?
Yes. It does have its benefits and can assist in the fat loss process. It will also allow your endurance system to improve, helping recovery periods during weight training.
To get the best results — Follow a routine with the combination of weight training and cardio to improve body composition. Cardio alone will burn the calories. Weight training alone will build the lean muscle tissue.