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!
Cheers in advance for the expert advice.