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losing muscle through cardio???

I've read several threads and other websites talking about the benefits of weight training vs. only cardio in building muscles, boosting metabolism, etc.

My question is, I'm doing 3-4 hours of cardio via eliptical, step areobics and cardio kick boxing each week, and no weight training. Aren't I at least building or maintaining muscles in my legs? Am I really losing muscles from training this way, and will result in small and soft, prone to putting on lots of fat when I finish the weight loss diet?


Fri. Nov 30, 1:32pm

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I'm no expert on this but I would guess that you are at least maintaining muscle. I know from personal experience that I have built muscle doing kickboxing. From what I remember, stored fat in the body is a more readily available energy source for the body that muscle is.

Friday, November 30, 2007, 2:02 PM

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If you are doing intense cardio and not weight training you may end up losing muscle if you do not refuel and leave enough rest between sessions. From personal experience weight training is the only way I can lose weight and keep it off. However, you may not see as much difference on the scales as when you simply diet or do cardio only, but you will be smaller and more toned as lb for lb muscle takes up more space than fat but it weighs more. You will be toning your legs doing the cardio you are currently doing, however to boost your results I would do some weights and make sure you are making you cardio component progressively harder to maintain results

Friday, November 30, 2007, 2:21 PM

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See the thread CLA and Green Tea also posted on this community site.....

Friday, November 30, 2007, 2:50 PM

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OP: thanks 2:21 - i started (3 mos ago) doing eliptical only 20 mins 3 or 4 times a week. I've buit up to 35-40 minutes 2 x weekly and increasing the level every 3-4 weeks and switched out the other 2 eliptical for the 60 min step and kickboxing classes. I'm hoping that keeps everthing ever increasing. I'm guessing I better add weights now, as I'm approaching a plateau - I can feel it.

Friday, November 30, 2007, 4:18 PM

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The more muscle you have, the more fat you burn!! It also weighs more than fat BUT your measurements will get small. I have lost a lot more since I started weight training. Also, muscle burns a lot of calories while at rest, cardio doesn't do that. You only burn calories while performing the cardio. But weight training you burn calories while working out and then alot more while just laying around. Awesome!

Sunday, December 02, 2007, 1:22 PM

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