Part 2 with Andrea: NEW Strength vs. OLD Cardio Workouts

To view Andrea's interview about how she trains go HERE.

There are all sorts of classes out there that take you through a boot camp format, testing your personal limits, just inches away from a personal injury.  You’re in a hotbox in a strip center, sweating, doing new exercises, perhaps without any individual instruction.  Who knows if your back is about to give out the next time you bend, twist and jump all at the same time.  Sure, you can burn calories that way, but that’s not the only way.

Strength training with supervision and coaching is what we do with our clients when we see them.  Weight training can help us live strong, healthy lives with bodies that can cooperate and keep up. 

The Mayo Clinic came up with the following benefits of strength training and after 30 years in the biz, we think they are onto something :)  

·         More muscle helps you burn more calories over time.

·         Calorie burn continues after the workout, as the rate of metabolism increases.

·         Reversal of the natural loss of muscle mass from the aging process.

·         Bone density improves.

·         Core strength improves and your risk of falling can decrease. 

Strength training doesn’t always mean weights – such as barbells, kettle bells, and dumb bells.  It can also mean bodyweight movements or anything that provides a resistance (like resistance bands).  Yeah, you know what I’m talking about because your trainer makes you do this stuff! 

Don’t get me wrong – there is definitely a benefit for cardio workouts.  Most of our clients say that they get their cardio outside of our time with them, but we can also squeeze some cardio in your workouts with us too.  To get the most calories burned in the least amount of time, consider high intensity interval training (HIIT).  Remember this...while a cardio workout may burn more calories per session, weight training helps you burn more calories every day at rest. Let us assist you where you want the most help.  That’s why we’re called Personal Trainers, after all.  And we consider it a privilege to work with you!