The age-old workout question: cardio or weight? We have covered this topic pretty in depth in the past. In short, both. But as we look at getting back in shape after a long layover, should we prioritize one over the other? Here is what we are doing with our clients to get them the success they are looking for.
We are still doing both! Although, the prescription has changed a touch. Most people have not been working out consistently over the last few months and as a result, their fitness level has declined a touch. In order to get that fitness level back, we need to do both cardio and weight, in the right doses.
We like to think of the progression of aerobic ability (cardio) and strength (weights) as two separate continuums. Both are vital to our health, longevity, and immunity and as a result, both need to be trained. We don’t prioritize one over the other, but instead recognize that we need to spend time working though both continuums. As we transition back into the gym, our focus on the far end of the continuum. For cardio, that looks like longer, slower, less intense efforts. For weights, that looks like lighter (even body weight) weights and a lot of rep, with good quality movement and slow tempo. Focusing our attention here allows us to develop our client’s fitness by building a solid foundation. When they are ready, we will speed up their cardio, increase their weights, decrease their reps, and crank up the intensity, but only when they are ready!
So, which should you do? You need to do both. As you get back into the gym, you need to focus on lower intensity work with an emphasis on quality. Only once you have mastered this will you earn the right to move further down the continuum. For most people, working through this with a coach is incredibly beneficial as they will know when it’s time to progress you through the continuum. To talk to a coach and get started, head over the following link and book a call with one of our coaches!
See you soon!