Updated: Mar 19, 2019
There's one question that I get asked a lot by clients: which is better, cardio or weight training? The answer is, it depends on your goals.
A lot of people have weight goals based upon losing unwanted fat from the problem areas of their bodies. Along with proper eating habits, a good amount of cardio on the regular basis is required in order to tone that body. More calories overall are burned in a 60-minute cardio session than a 60-minute weight lifting session, therefore if your goal is to burn body fat then cardio is a great start.
On the flip side, if your goal is to increase your muscular strength, then weight training is the way to go. People who have a hard time gaining weight due to genetics, fast metabolism, or other physical attributes usually look to building muscle mass in order to add a few pounds. Muscle weighs more than fat, therefore with proper protein intake and a regularly set gym schedule, a small individual can put on a substantial amount of weight with some consistency.
Want to lose fat and build muscle at the same time? Do both. Because many people want to lose weight and increase muscular strength, alternating the order of the workout during different cycles of training is one way to satisfy both goals. Getting to your dream body is definitely possible if you push yourself. Mind over matter!