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  • Cardio vs. Weights: The Pro’s and Con’s

    Cardio vs. Weights: The Pro’s and Con’s

    More cardio, less weights…. More weights, less cardio…. Which is truly the best combination for you?  Depending upon your past injuries, body composition, and overall goals, the answer is different for everyone!  Read below the Pros and Cons of each, and decide which is best for you! :)

    Cardio Pros

    • Decrease in overall body weight
    • Increase in VO2 Max or volume of oxygen uptake
    • Increase in blood circulation
    • Decrease in bodyfat when performed on an empty stomach or during HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
    • Increase in overall energy
    • Increase in endorphins--feel good hormones known to increase happiness
    • Increase in EPOC (Excess Post Oxygen Consumption), or increased rate of oxygen intake, allowing your body to burn more calories per hour after exercise (especially high intense interval training)

    Cardio Cons

    • Possible decrease in muscle and bone tissue from too much cardio (also subject to proper diet, total calories, and meal timing)
    • Increase in risk for injury subject to exercise form, volume of training, and stress placed on joints (especially the knee)--Always opt for cardio that places less stress on joints
    • Increase in heart health risk if breathing through upper chest rather than diaghram
    • Increase in cortisol (stress hormone) levels
    • Possible decrease in overall muscle size--Type II Large Fast Twitch muscles may convert to Type I Small Slow Twitch Muscles

    Weight Training Pros

    • Increase in muscle tone and definition
    • Decrease in bodyfat (subject to proper diet, total calories, and meal timing)
    • Increase in BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate)--ability to burn more calories per hour at rest
    • Increase in overall energy
    • Increase in heart health (given proper diet and nutrition)
    • Increase in endorphins--feel good hormones known to increase happiness
    • Increase in EPOC (Excess Post Oxygen Consumption), or increased rate of oxygen intake, allowing your body to burn more calories per hour after exercise
    • Increase in blood circulation
    • Increase in testosterone and decrease in estrogen, both affecting overall body composition
    • Increase in bone density and strength, thus preventing injury and prospective osteoporosis and osteopenia

    Weight Training Cons

    • Increase in risk for injury subject to exercise form, volume of training, and stress placed on joints
    • Hormone imbalance in females especially, missed periods from too low of estrogen levels, inability to reproduce
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