Stop Combining Strength Training And Cardio If You Want Incredible Results
It’s rare to find a program that gives Strength Training the attention it deserves. I’m not saying Strength Training is the only type of exercise you should be doing. Definitely not! Our clients walk on their off days and do some form of conditioning work at the end of their workouts.
But the majority of our 3 workouts per week are focused on Strength Training.
Why? Because Strength Training is hands down the most effective and efficient way to transform your body and health. Seriously, 2-3 hours of Strength Training beats 2-3 hours of Cardio by a long shot.
The problem I see with most peoples’ programs is they try to combine Strength Training and Cardio. You end up with a workout that’s like a blend between a Cardio Class, Interval Training and Crossift. This isn’t bad. It’s just not the most effective way to train.
Strength Training loses its full effects when you try and combine it with Cardio.
Here are 3 reasons why you should keep Strength Training and Cardio separate, and what you should do instead:
1) When You Combine Strength Training and Cardio You Get Subpar Results
I can’t tell you the number of people I’ve talked to who are involved in programs that use Weights and Cardio together. In the beginning of the program they saw good results but over time the results slowed down and finally stopped.
If you’re totally out of shape, focusing on Strength and Cardio in the same workout is effective. Workouts like that will take you from weak and out of shape to somewhat stronger and in decent shape. But it won’t take you much past that. The workouts aren’t specific enough.
Think about it- if you want to get better at throwing a baseball, you wouldn’t go throw a football. Sure, if you’ve never thrown a baseball in your life, throwing a football will improve your baseball throwing ability to some extent. But it won’t get you the best results possible.
That’s why you NEED to keep your Strength Training and Conditioning/Cardio separate.
Don’t be a jack of all trades, master of none.
Focus on one attribute at a time and you will maximize your Strength Training and Cardio results.
2) You Need Way Less Cardio Than You Think
People ask me how much cardio they should do. It’s a great question. Here’s my answer:
“You should do as much cardio/conditioning work as needed to be in shape to do the things you want to do.”
What do I mean?
Someone who wants to run marathons should do much more cardio than someone who wants to simply get lean, strong, healthy, and be in good enough shape to do fun things with their family and friends.
95% of the people I talk to want to be more like the second person- lean, strong, healthy, and in good enough shape to play sports or do fun things with their friends and family. They aren’t looking to break any marathon records.
If you fall in that 95% category, you need way less cardio than you think.
In fact, if you walk daily for 15-30 minutes and Strength Train 3 days per week for 30-40 minutes, that’s all you’ll ever need. Add 5-10 minutes of conditioning work to the end of your Strength Training workouts and you’ll be in incredible shape by any standard.
Strength Training, brief conditioning workouts, and daily walks go a long way for giving you excellent Endurance. Not to mention it’s the most effective and efficient way to create a lean, toned body.
And if you fall into the other 5%, please understand that you should only be doing extra cardio because either A) You love it or B) You’re training for an event. More Cardio is not the answer to a great physique. In fact, too much Cardio can actually slow down your physique progress.
When it comes to Cardio, more isn't better.
3) Strength Training, Not Cardio, Is The Key To Getting The Body You Want
As mentioned in point #1, you get subpar results when you combine Strength Training and Cardio in your workouts.
And unless your goal is specifically some kind of endurance event- like running a marathon- Strength Training should be your #1 priority.
Most people who fall into the 95% mentioned in point #2 want to be healthier, to feel better, and to improve their body. Strength Training is the best way to do this.
Getting stronger is the fastest way to improve your body, and the fastest way to get stronger is through focused Strength Training. NOT combining Strength Training and Cardio.
So what do we recommend you do for the best possible results?
Strength Train 3 Days Per Week (30-40 minutes per workout)
Finish Your Workouts With a Conditioning Exercise (5-10 minutes)
Walk Daily (15-30 minutes)
Improve 1-2 Eating Habits Per Month
That’s what we do at Steel Strength Training, and that’s why our clients are seeing incredible results! There’s no guessing or hoping with our program. Follow the program and you’ll see results every single time.