Take a moment to think about your gym routine

Get The Most Out Of Your Workout

Now, I bet you feel pretty good about the fitness techniques that you’ve incorporated into your workout. You’re the king of the curls, the boss of the bench, and the sultan of squat!  You are working all the big muscle groups and getting pumped up – plus these moves are so popular that they have to be effective.  Mmmmmm, sort of.

While resistance and weight training is a great way to increase muscle mass, research has shown that aerobic exercise is king when it comes to burning fat shedding pounds. In one study from Duke University, people who worked out with cardio burned nearly 70% percent more calories than those who worked out with weights; and consequently shed more belly fat.

So now you are thinking we just recommended to drop the weights and hit the road running cross country. Noooooo, not exactly. Ever taken a good look at a long distance runner? They have very little muscle definition and virtually no measurable strength.  So don’t buy the latest short shorts and lightweight running shoes just yet!

If your goal is to shed pounds and build lean muscle with functional strength, a fitness regimen that incorporates both is best. You’re not done just yet though because it does matter HOW you do both. A cardio-first routine will increase your weight loss because your heart rate will stay in the fat burning zone during your strength training. You’ll also have a higher core temperature after cardio, which can decrease your risk of muscle injury.

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