By Neil Perkins
It is common for people to want to lose body fat.
At the forefront of everyone’s mind when it comes to fat burning is cardio training. We’ve seen charts in gyms that promote the low intensity fat burning zone? There has been a shift in thoughts and with the growth of social media promoting weight training to shed fat and transform your physique, which is better for burning fat, Weight Training or Cardio?
Calories burned per hour
Regarding the low intensity fat burning zone, weight training is going to burn more calories per hour than cardio training. Heavy compound movements such as Squat and Deadlift will likely burn more calories that cardio HIIT training (dependable on what form of HIIT). Weights is the winner.
Fat burning zone will have little effect on metabolic overdrive, HIIT cardio will have a great ‘afterburn’ and a big weights session will send your metabolic rate through the roof. Recovering after a big squat or deadlift session will boost your metabolism as your muscles recover and repair.
Fun Factor/ Stress Relief
There is a known endorphin response known as runners high, this can’t compare to completing a one rep max on a big lift? Throwing weights around is great fun and the stress relief takes some beating.
Weights and Cardio have a place within a periodised training programme. With a large proportion of gym users been restricted two to three sessions per week and with a primary reason of gym users to either lose weight, look better, relieve stress or personally achieve if you are restricted to two to three sessions then I’d look at integrating lifts into your programme.