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    which do you think works better in the long run- in order to loose weight do you think you need to do a good 50/50 of weights and aerobic- or would you want to focus on aerobics- or as Ive been told- if you focused mostly on weightlifting the traiin of thoguhtis that by building muscle, you loose fat faster with the more you build up your muscles.


    of course eating right is the other half.
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    Well if your goal is to just lose weight, then the Aerobics would be your best bet. But if you want to lose weight while toning your body and strength a bit, then the 50/50 would be your best bet (which I would suggest). If you do all weights, it is true that you build muscle, but muscle puts more weight on your body (yet while increasing strength).
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    • #3
      If you're just interested in losing body fat try the "Body for Life" plan. It includes and weightlifting, cardio, and proper diet. If you leave out that last part you're not going to have much success.

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      • #4
        You need three things: A clean diet, aerobic exercise, and weight training. Never forget that muscle burns fat.
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        • #5
          Crossfit

          Jacksonvill FL le academy uses it as their staple workout...they noticed a 805 increse in the recruit PT scores in half the time, compared to the conventional workouts they used before.
          Last edited by tiny; 05-20-2007, 07:30 PM. Reason: spelling

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          • #6
            Like all things in life, balance is the key. A nice mix of aerobic training with strength training is what it takes for a healthy life.
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            • #7
              Do both like everyone else said.. If you have to choose 1, do weights.. An hour long moderate intensity workout will burn more calories than cardiovascular exercise, plus your body is buring calories for many hours after weight workouts while your body is trying to recover.

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              • #8
                Get big and strong. No crook has ever told a cop that the only reason he didn't fight was because the officer looked too intimidating with his runner's physique. The biggest guys get in fewer fights because crooks take one look and know they will pay a price.
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                • #9
                  You need to do both. Eat a healthy reduced calorie diet. Make sure you get plenty of protien and WHOLE GRAIN carbs. Then do aerobics to lose weight, and lift weights so you lose a minumil(sp) amount of muscle. When ever you lose fat you will lose muscle, and when you build muscle you will gain fat. If you have your exercise program and diet setup right you lose mostly fat, or gain mostly muscle.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Alucard View Post
                    . . .and when you build muscle you will gain fat.
                    WTH? It's been shown time and time again that you can build muscle AND lose fat. Hell, that's the whole basis of the Body for Life system, and many other fitness plans. If you have the proper diet and exercise you will burn fat while increasing lean muscle mass.
                    Last edited by SA13; 05-24-2007, 01:59 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JSD73 View Post
                      You need three things: A clean diet, aerobic exercise, and weight training. Never forget that muscle burns fat.
                      + ixty-billion. Extremes don't work. In anything. Life is about balance.
                      They're called 'learning opportunities'.

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                        Core Performance is another excellent site to checkout. It is one of my favorites.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Alucard View Post
                          when you build muscle you will gain fat.
                          You have been misinformed. Building muscle BURNS fat ! When it comes to conditioning, you have to do what works for you. It also depends on your priorities. Personally, I hate running long distance. But then again, that's what a cruiser is for. Law enforcement uses quick power movements, that's why I rely mainly on weight training. But since there are those quick foot pursuits, I like to do interval training, 50-100 yard sprints. But, thats what works for me. There are some very knowledgable members in this forum. Weigh their advice and use what works for you. But do something.

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