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Cario workout only vs. cardio and strength conditioning

I'm thinking of dropping my mix of cardio and strength conditioning workout to just doing cardio only in the mornings, right after I get up on an empty stomach.

I was looking to hear from anyone who has tried cardio only workouts. Meaning, I know all the arguments about cardio only vs. mixed training, I'd rather not get into a debate about it on this thread.

I'm really just looking to drop some pounds quickly, then add strength training in later. Comments?


Tue. Feb 13, 12:55pm

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You've probably heard it before but...if you want to lose fat your best bet is strength training..raises your metabolism, muscle being more metabolically active than fat, and on and on.

You didn't mention in your posting, but is time a concern? You can do cardio to warm up on days you lift and then hit the weights, alternate with just cardio days.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 1:47 PM

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Please read the post before commenting

From the OP:

Good heavens, did you even read the post before commenting?

"I was looking to hear from anyone who has tried cardio only workouts. Meaning, I know all the arguments about cardio only vs. mixed training, I'd rather not get into a debate about it on this thread."

Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 1:55 PM

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I do cardio only but never on an empty stomach. Works for me, I'm in and out and it doesn't seem like a chore. When I was with a trainer years ago, she made me do both and I dreaded going, eventually I stopped altogether. I'm a fan of anything you want to do that you'll actually do, is great.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 1:58 PM

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I'm doing pretty much cardio-only right now- running, biking, swimming. I'm definitely not losing weight like I was last year when I was doing cardio and strength.

The caveat here is that I don't have as much to lose now- last year I was 50 pounds overweight, this year I'm just looking to trim off 7-10 pounds of winter weight...

I'm thinking of adding some strength work 1 or 2 nights a week to see what happens...

Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 2:43 PM

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I think strength training helpd to keep it off

I find that strength training helped me to maintain too. Once I have built up the muscle, I can have a bad day or week and still maintain, or at least lose what I gained very quickly.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 4:15 PM

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