Even though knowledge about this important topic is becoming much more widespread, I want to revisit the age-old question: is cardio or strength/bodyweight training better for fat loss?
Putting aside other considerations like nutrition, sleep, and stress, here is my answer:
You will burn more calories while you are completing the cardio exercise, but the better overall strategy is to focus on strength/bodyweight training.
You see, not only does a pound of muscle burn far more calories at rest (and strength training increases muscle while cardio can diminish it), but the work your body has to do after you lift is far more beneficial to fat loss.
As your muscles recover, repair, and grow, your body is burning more, even at rest.
So, if you want to see the numbers on your FitBit telling you that you burned a large amount of calories while exercising then cardio is your choice.
But if you want to transform the your metabolism, your energy and your strength and mobility, while simultaneously losing fat, you absolutely must strength/bodyweight train!
Have questions? We’re here to help!
Most people are going to need coaching and guidance when it comes to strength training, and it’s our expertise here at To the Core Pilates. Without coaching, chances of injury, using the wrong weights, and bad form are extremely high.