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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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Last year I did all cardio for about 6 months, I lost weight but I couldn't fit into a smaller pant size until I started adding weight training.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 4:34 PM

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Just running

I use to just run. I lost a lot of weight but I didn't like how I looked so I added weight training. And now abs galore.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 4:50 PM

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I did cardio-only for a few months and got BORED. I also tried doing it on an empty stomach and that was a terrible idea. I'd be all light-headed and weak and queasy after my hour on a cardio machine, and I'd end up feeling crummy all day.

Did just-cardio work? Eh, same results as when I was doing it in combination with weight training.

A few personal trainers that I know non-professionally say that when you've got more than 30 or so pounds to lose, all-cardio is the best plan of attack initially. That's not what they tell their potential clients, because you don't need a personal trainer to use a treadmill, but so much effort is required for a woman to increase her muscle mass that it's not worth battling the increase in appetite that comes along with it.

I returned to mixing it up with very light weight work with 3-lb dumbbells, so about 70% of my workout time is pure cardio and 30% is light-weight-bearing cardio. My goal was to maintain the considerable amount of muscle I've already got and to not build any more while melting off the fat. This combo is working like a dream for me.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 6:38 PM

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To 6:38 - this is the best feedback. I never knew that about personal trainers but it seems to be logical. Do you do a specific workout (DVD) or do you do a combo at the gym?

Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 7:33 AM

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When I switch to cardio only, I have a much harder time maintaining my weight and my shape than if I keep doing 2-3x of weight training each week.

Maybe you feel like weight training is not helping you lose weight because you aren't sweating/getting your heart rate up? I feel that combining cardio and weights (intervals) in the same workout is also very effective for weight loss.

I use the FIRM complete aerobics and weight training DVD and I love it. It burns almost as many calories as a cardio-only workout, but also has a full weight routine for arms, legs and abs included. I get my heart rate up with the aerobics intervals, and then switching to leg press with heavy weights keeps it there.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 8:59 AM

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