Just a simple question, I imagine, but on ethat I am not sure about the answer of. So, here it is:
Weight training elevates the metabolism for a greater period of time than cardio (if workouts are intense enough, right?), so is it reasonable to assume that for a 20 minute session of moderate cardio (riding a stationary bike for example), a 35-40 minute full-on medium-heavy weights, 6-10 rep-range workout would have a similar effect? Or does it not work that way?
I am currently working out twice per week (Bare Minimum Training program by Bill Belfert) and doing moderate cardio 3 times per week. I drink alcohol twice per week (not too much at each session!), but have a very healthy diet and don't really ever feel the need to have 'cheat meals'. The cardio work is OK and I have no problem with continuing to do it 3 times weekly. However, my workouts are relatively short - about 35 minutes - and I was contemplating substituting 2 of the cardio sessions for 2 workouts. I currently have 2 workouts, A and B. I was thinking of doing:
Monday: Workout A
Tuesday: Workout B
Thursday: Workout A
Friday: Workout B
... and rest at the weekends.
I know that most people recommend a week's rest inbetween individual body part workouts, but I am confident that I would not be overtraining by following the above regimen. Howver, I have posted this query so that I can make an informed decision by listening to all your great advice.
I am looking to continue losing fat and building muscle. I know that it is difficult to do both at the same time, but it appears I have been suceeding, albeit a little slowly. I would like to turn up the pressure on the workouts by doing them twice per week. But the question is, will this hinder weight (fat) loss? I don't want to become a muscley fat person!
Yeah, those are my sentiments exactly. So, maybe I can subsitute 2 of the 3 cardio sessions, as I freakin' love weights workouts! But I need to make the right decision. I'll see what others have to say, too, but thanks for the swift advice bro'!
A combination would be optimal, but the whole reason why HIIT is glorified is it's EPOC generating effects, AKA "calorie burning after burn". HIIT cardio elevates the metabolism of calories, repartitioning nutrients as does weight lifting, it's basically the same thing in terms of EPOC. Weight lifting, if intense enough, can result is a cardio-like effect and raise metabolism similarly. Even though it depends on the session (high volume/low rest; low volume/high intensity, etc), weight lifting burns calories (small amount), and when repairing the muscle cells from future microtrauma, calories are repartitioned for repair this burning calories.
As I already mentioned, personally both would be the best. Your workout routine seems fine. If you're not losing BF quick enough then re-assess your routine but until then it looks good.
The more your sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.