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June 21, 2012 10:03 AM
A 45-minute strength training session followed by a 10-15 minute cardio workout (65%-75% of MHR) will burn more calories than a 60-minute cardio workout!

http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2010/02/01/what-burns-more-calories-cardio-intervals-or-weight-training/
June 21, 2012 10:04 AM
Great info. I like to blend the two together, but I always feel like I burn more fat doing cardio.
June 21, 2012 10:05 AM
yup, my HRM agrees
June 21, 2012 10:05 AM
Maybe that is why I feel hungry enough to eat my own shoe now that I've been strength training with a trainer then following it up with a little cardio... but MFP gives much less on the calories burned for strength training/weight training/ect. Hmm. I used to only eat about 1/2 to 2/3 of my workout calories, but I've been eating them ALL...
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June 21, 2012 10:07 AM
My HRM doesn't show that for me, it shows about 200 calories less than an hour of my Zumba class. BUT, I am much hungrier after strength training, and I definitely feel like I did more.
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June 21, 2012 10:09 AM
Nice to know. I am going to share this with my "friends". Thanks for the info.
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June 21, 2012 10:09 AM
thank you :)
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June 21, 2012 10:10 AM
QUOTE:

A 45-minute strength training session followed by a 10-15 minute cardio workout (65%-75% of MHR) will burn more calories than a 60-minute cardio workout!

http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2010/02/01/what-burns-more-calories-cardio-intervals-or-weight-training/


Eh. I disagree. And when I was wearing my body fit media thingy, it disagreed too. Running/fast walking and/or hiking burned a lot more for me than weight lifting did.

That said... I LOVE weight lifting, I think it's the better choice if you can only choose one type of exercise, and I do think there might be something to the idea that you keep burning even after you lift.
June 21, 2012 10:11 AM
I really think it depends on the person. It's up to the individual to judge by use of a HRM. For me, If I work hard enough cardio does wonders (especially in intervals, as the BLOG suggests), also, circuit training, which incorporates strength with cardio-awesome. Just like any health topic, it's dependent on the individual needs of the person....just a warning so not everyone all of a sudden jumps on the bandwagon without thinking about how it will work with their own bodies.

Note this is a blog, not a research or scientific source. It cites a few studies, but not extensively.

Thanks for the article though, it is something that might help a number of people who had limited exercise routines before. :)
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June 21, 2012 10:11 AM
I don't strength train for the calorie burn, I strength train for the strength training.
June 21, 2012 10:12 AM
Great article. Agree. But I still love to run!
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June 21, 2012 10:12 AM
Great article, thanks! I already to some HIIT and I do strength training as well. It took me until I was 43 years old to realize that I wasn't going to change my body with just the treadmill.
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June 21, 2012 10:13 AM
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I don't strength train for the calorie burn, I strength train for the strength training.


THIS!
June 21, 2012 10:14 AM
cool. Thanks for posting that. Actually, that is exactly what I have begun doing!

Also, what diet suggestions do you make?
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June 21, 2012 10:16 AM
QUOTE:

My HRM doesn't show that for me, it shows about 200 calories less than an hour of my Zumba class. BUT, I am much hungrier after strength training, and I definitely feel like I did more.


I guess that your HRM and MFP do not consider the post workout calorie burn that comes with strength training. With strength training "you’ll burn calories at an accelerated rate for reportedly up to 38 HOURS after your exercise." according to
http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2010/02/01/what-burns-more-calories-cardio-intervals-or-weight-training/

I also found this
Post-Exercise Burn
"While it is evident that cardiovascular exercise burns more calories than lifting weights, the amount of calories burned after weight training is higher," reports the CTER Eportfolio System website. Metabolism increases after cardiovascular exercise only lasts 30 to 60 minutes, whereas post weight training metabolism increases up to 48 hours.


Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/295718-does-lifting-weights-burn-more-calories-than-cardio/#ixzz1yRufVqob
June 21, 2012 10:17 AM
Very interesting blog, thanks!
Edited by Rays_Wife On June 21, 2012 10:18 AM
June 21, 2012 10:20 AM
For me the thing to remember is that strength training has better calorie burn potential in the long run. Yes, you build muscle by doing cardio, but not as quickly, and building muscle helps you burn more calories since (and I'm sure you've all heard this one before) muscle burns more calories than fat.

I think both are important, but too often people overlook strength training for various reasons. Either they don't think they'll burn enough calories or (especially with women) they don't want to get too bulky (which for the record is not the case).

Personally I pick a 'group' to focus on, do a circuit of weights (I go with my husband so switching back and forth, it usually takes about half an hour to get through six or so exercises), then go do about half an hour of cardio. That's been working really well for me, and I'm seeing much more 'inches' progress than weight, presumably due to building muscle. (But again, I'm losing inches, so definitely NOT bulking up.)
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June 21, 2012 10:23 AM
HRMs cannot accurately measure calorie burn from strength training, only from aerobic activity.
June 21, 2012 10:26 AM
Everybody knows that 60 minutes of hard running will only burn around 1000 calories while 45 minutes of weights with 5 minutes of HIIT burns over 1,000,000 calories for two days.
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June 21, 2012 10:26 AM
QUOTE:

I don't strength train for the calorie burn, I strength train for the strength training.


Yep!
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June 21, 2012 10:27 AM
thank goodness it's only 10-15minutes of cardio.... I can only manage 20 after a good strength training session
June 21, 2012 10:28 AM
QUOTE:

Everybody knows that 60 minutes of hard running will only burn around 1000 calories while 45 minutes of weights with 5 minutes of HIIT burns over 1,000,000 calories for two days.


1,000,000 ???
June 21, 2012 10:38 AM
QUOTE:

Everybody knows that 60 minutes of hard running will only burn around 1000 calories while 45 minutes of weights with 5 minutes of HIIT burns over 1,000,000 calories for two days.


ha I have yet to see a comment like this from you. I do agree with you though. Another thing that isn't considered is the fitness of the trainee. What comes to mind is an olympic style weight lifter and an olympic style marathon runner. The lifter has probably adapted great recovery and the stress isn't that much on him. Same for the runner, but the recovery ability he has lets him run faster at a more intense rate(high calorie burn)
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June 21, 2012 10:57 AM
QUOTE:

"While it is evident that cardiovascular exercise burns more calories than lifting weights, the amount of calories burned after weight training is higher," reports the CTER Eportfolio System website. Metabolism increases after cardiovascular exercise only lasts 30 to 60 minutes, whereas post weight training metabolism increases up to 48 hours.


So is there an actual conclusion of which burns more in total? I read that I will be sore longer after strength training?

QUOTE:

Everybody knows that 60 minutes of hard running will only burn around 1000 calories while 45 minutes of weights with 5 minutes of HIIT burns over 1,000,000 calories for two days.


Wahoo, my problems are finally solved. Pizza and beer tonight. It must be true I read it on the internet.

Really though, do what works for you and what you want out of it, if you want to lose weight then just have a calarie deficit at the end of the day. If you burn a few more than you counted because of the "afterburn" it isn't going to kill you.
Edited by timboom1 On June 21, 2012 11:00 AM
June 21, 2012 11:00 AM
even if i do upper and lower body strength training on the same day, i don't think it lasts 45 minutes. maybe more like 35. however.. this is a good argument to lift before cardio. i usually do the other way around.

thanks!!
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