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October 8, 2012 11:03 PM
".. Or else it won't have much of an effect." This is what my brother just told me. He's a fitness junkie so I'm kinda worried he knows what he's talking about.

He also said cardio shrinks muscle. huh

Please tell me he's wrong so I can keep lifting.

*you're
ugh >.<
Edited by Arexxx On October 8, 2012 11:04 PM
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October 8, 2012 11:06 PM
I dont know much about lifting but I can tell you that is false.
You will obviously get results from lifting weights, whether you are overweight or not. You would get stronger for one, and increase your lean body mass. Only difference might be that you may not actually see the results as quickly as you would if you were lean. IDK.
Cardio isnt going to shrink your muscles either...and I dont have an explaination for that. Just no.
Edited by 1Kristine1 On October 8, 2012 11:08 PM
October 8, 2012 11:07 PM
Cardio doesn't shrink muscle, but it's possible he's getting confused with the fact that cardio can build lean muscle.
October 8, 2012 11:07 PM
i don't agree!! everyone needs cardio and strength training regardless of fitness levels :S
Edited by 0MissErin0 On October 8, 2012 11:07 PM
October 8, 2012 11:08 PM
Lifting helps retain muscle, so keeps metabolism higher as you lose weight. You may not gain much muscle after newbie gains, but its better than losing it all and being skinny-fat :)
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October 8, 2012 11:10 PM
Good advice. I hope your brother also told you....

* you should only do yoga if you're extremely flexible
* you should only eat when you are full
* you should only take the down escalator when you are on the bottom floor
* you should only rush if you've already arrived at your destination
October 8, 2012 11:10 PM
Cardio CAN have a negative impact on muscle mass. Any bodybuilder will tell you to be careful with cardio. Moderate is good... intense will begin to break down muscle tissue for energy.

Look at a "runner's" physique. Lean, yes...but not necessarily the type of lean everyone wants.

So it depends on your goals.
October 8, 2012 11:11 PM
Lifting helps with metabolism. Therefore helps with weight loss. When you lift your body still burns calories for hours but when you do cardio the burning stops when you do.

If you are trying to lose weight lift small for longer reps

If you are trying to build muscle and not lose weight lift large for shorter reps.

to achieve muscle and weight loss do both cardio and lifting
Edited by GreyEyes21 On October 8, 2012 11:12 PM
October 8, 2012 11:12 PM
Nope lift as your losing.

Thank me later.
October 8, 2012 11:12 PM
you're brother has been reading up on bro science.

just pat him on the head and start lifting

QUOTE:
Cardio doesn't shrink muscle, but it's possible he's getting confused with the fact that cardio can build lean muscle.
?? what is lean muscle ? muscle is muscle none of it's leaner than any other type of muscle. leanness has more to do with bpody fat percentage (just like the meat you buy in the grocery store) rather than anything to do with the muscle
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October 8, 2012 11:13 PM
QUOTE:

Cardio CAN have a negative impact on muscle mass. Any bodybuilder will tell you to be careful with cardio. Moderate is good... intense will begin to break down muscle tissue for energy.

Look at a "runner's" physique. Lean, yes...but not necessarily the type of lean everyone wants.

So it depends on your goals.


I think thats what he was getting at. He is terrible at explaining things
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October 8, 2012 11:18 PM
I've known a lot of self-proclaimed fitness junkies who really don't know what they're talking about. They'll skim through an article in the most recent issue of Men's Health, take away one little point and preach is like the Gospel until next month's issue.

Don't shun weights just because you're not fit. If you want to lose weight in the most healthy way possible, start lifting weights when you start trying to get fit.

You aren't going to be able to start out with weights that most people would consider 'heavy lifting' but you should start with the heaviest weights you can without losing your form for 12-15 reps.
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October 8, 2012 11:19 PM
I guess I would just say - if you experience any pain othert than the usual fatigue, see a physio sooner rather than later. Sometimes you need to do some exercises to stabilise the small supporting muscles first, or get the position right. If you don't get it early it can derail your exercise programme. Just recovering from knee dramas caused by squats with weights, but got it early......it will be much harder to change your positioning later on.
October 8, 2012 11:21 PM
I lifted while losing weight. Glad I did.
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October 8, 2012 11:25 PM
You can lift lighter at the start and build your strength up from there. Cardio alone however, will eat your muscle too. When you lift weights you're telling your body that you need the muscle and it will focus more on your fat for energy.

If you only do cardio you'll end up at your ideal weight but look gaunt.
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October 8, 2012 11:34 PM
Cardio will only burn muslce if there is nothing else available to burn. Keep up your protein in your diet to maintain the building blocks that muscles need and also enough fat to fuel those exercises.

Providing you maintain good nutrition and fuel your cardio work with enough carbohydrate foods you will maintain your muscle tissue and may even build some muscle if you have done no exercise at all before.

Strength training is imprtant too but you don't need to lift weights to increase strength - your body is enough; certainly at the beginning. A good yoga class will increase your overall body strength; including core.
Edited by Yogi_Carl On October 8, 2012 11:36 PM
October 8, 2012 11:36 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Cardio CAN have a negative impact on muscle mass. Any bodybuilder will tell you to be careful with cardio. Moderate is good... intense will begin to break down muscle tissue for energy.

Look at a "runner's" physique. Lean, yes...but not necessarily the type of lean everyone wants.

So it depends on your goals.


I think thats what he was getting at. He is terrible at explaining things


but even that isnt true. doing an activity will not give you that look unless you are genetically predisposed to look like that. runners physique in terms of the elite runners are that way because they are genetically built in a way that helps them excel at that sport. the same goes for swimmer's physiques or body builder physiques. those people are genetically predisposed to look that way anyway and of course with proper training and diet they reach their full potential.

as an example, does this person look like a typical ballerina's body?
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October 8, 2012 11:47 PM
QUOTE:

".. Or else it won't have much of an effect." This is what my brother just told me. He's a fitness junkie so I'm kinda worried he knows what he's talking about.

He also said cardio shrinks muscle. huh

Please tell me he's wrong so I can keep lifting.

*you're
ugh >.<

He's right on both counts and totally wrong.

Yes, doing weight lifting will not *visually* have much effect until the weight loss occurs - those six pack abs that I have are hidden under the layer of fat. But weight lifting and the resulting muscle build up is great for physical fitness - it creates tissue that consumes calories, it provides strength, many exercises help with balance and stability and flexibility (and others hinder it) so lifting will help you become physically fit.
Yes cardio shrinks muscles. Well, sort of. Your body is in an equilibrium building and destroying muscle constantly based on nutrition and calorie needs - when people do long sessions of cardio and glycogen stores are lower, the energy sources to fuel the body will come from both fat and muscle. High intensity extended cardio consumes more energy from muscle than low intensity cardio. This is another reason to do resistance training - to help build back.

Do resistance training, such as weight lifting, Your body will say "more" and "thank you"
Edited by EvgeniZyntx On October 8, 2012 11:48 PM
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October 9, 2012 1:14 AM
Everyone here has me worried that I shouldn't be doing my Insanity DVDs. I better not be digging a hole for myself, I have intentions of weight lifting after this thing and I don't want to feel like a weak kitten at the end of Insanity huh
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October 9, 2012 2:19 AM
Insanity does favour cardio over strength training, but there is one session most weeks. You could try taking out one of the more intensive cardio routines and slot in one more strength routine per week so you are training strength twice per week.

Keep your nutrients up and take your rest days and you'll be fine if you are already basically fit and healthy.

You don't need weights to strength train (I'll be shot down for that one!) - your bodyweight is resistance enough at any stage in the game unless you actually want bigger muscles and above ordinary strength.
October 9, 2012 2:28 AM
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He is wrong. I lifted when I was obese and here are the results of my success --> http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/740340-i-lost-60-lbs-at-age-51-anyone-can-any-workout


I just want to say you're utterly amazing - I hope I can be as good as you're looking at your age - I'm getting better with age but you are breathtaking! Have you been featured in a magazine like Oxygen? What an inspiration!
October 9, 2012 2:37 AM
QUOTE:

Lifting helps with metabolism. Therefore helps with weight loss. When you lift your body still burns calories for hours but when you do cardio the burning stops when you do.

If you are trying to lose weight lift small for longer reps

If you are trying to build muscle and not lose weight lift large for shorter reps.

to achieve muscle and weight loss do both cardio and lifting


ALL OF THIS smile
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October 9, 2012 2:38 AM
I don't agree with your brother. I am far from fit, but I have added weight training. I feel stronger and I am building muscle that will help increase my metabolism, even at rest. My plan to get fit includes eating healthy, moving my body, and building muscle. I have talked to physical therapists and personal trainers and they highly recommend strength training, no matter what your fitness level is. Even light weights can help. :)
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October 9, 2012 2:51 AM
Cardio & Strength is the winning combination. I was just doing cardio before a trainer convinced me to start lifting. The changes are extraordinary! It pulls everything in. Most recently I noticed the improvement in my upper arms, especially in the crook (arm pit) where my arm meets chest. It was fatty and dare I say, even wrinkly. Now it's toned and tight. Love it!
Edited by eggfooyumyum On October 9, 2012 3:01 AM
October 9, 2012 2:53 AM
I have been doing intense cardio bursts and weight training for the last month. I am clinically obese but am already feeling the benefits. I have to be careful with my knees as that is what caused me to stop exercising last time my husband hS already commented on some physical changes and my legs feel much stronger. Mfp is great. It took me courage to publish my diary even to friends but it has definitely been worth it.
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