Taryn - posted on 01/04/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )
You know what I've found to bring me the best success and rapid results? Is constant strength training. I think we all too often get fixated on cardio and that it's the key to us losing weight, but fail to recognize by weight training, you burn more calories and gain more lean muscle. I've discovered that in some of the Beachbody programs that I've become to LOVE! Something for everyone and they offer some great training from professionals. I've been able to drop my gym membership and get into better shape than I EVER have been, by going to the gym and doing weights and cardio. A simple mantra to remember....MUSCLE BURNS FAT!
I think we've all been conditioned to think that if we lift heavy weights, that we will build bulk and not be feminine. Not true! If you lift heavy weights with low reps, you'll build lean, sculpted muslce, all while burning tons of calories. Why? Because your body is working so much hard lifitng those heavy weights, that by the time you put them down and get on with your day, your body is still burning calories. With cardio, you stop burning calories when you finish your activity. Who would've thought??
Hope this is helpful! I've got lots of great programs that align with this theory.