Why Women Lift: Is Aerobic Exercise More Effective than Resistance Training (for Burning Fat?)
Debunking popular myths regarding women and lifting heavy.
We asked our female clients and trainers: is aerobic exercise more effective than resistance training (for burning fat)?
Here’s what they had to say.
“An hour of cardio session may burn more calories than an hour of resistance training. However, resistance training is more effective at building muscle than aerobic exercise. Because muscle burns more calories at rest than fats, your metabolism actually increases if you have more muscle mass. In fact, research has also shown that you continue to burn calories after a weight training session compared to a cardio workout.
This is why in the long term, it is more effective to build lean muscle mass to increase your metabolic rate than just counting how many calories you are burning through each session.” – Sharlynn Ooi, Trainer at Level
“Strength training is proven to increase your body metabolism through building muscle. Depending on the intensity of your weight training program, you can burn more calories (and fat) for up to 48 hours after your workout.” – Premi Streram, Dentist
“From a calorie-burning standpoint, aerobic exercise outperforms resistance training. However, resistance training helps increases the relative amount of lean tissue to fat tissue, creates stronger muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons, and better balance, stability and mobility. The latter ultimately increases overall quality of life.” – Bronwen Appel, Trainer at Level
“A combination of both is optimal in your training but it’s important to get the right balance so you don’t compromise your muscle mass while attempting to lose fat.” – Suraya Shulhameed, Tax Lead
“At one extreme, a one rep max deadlift will require you to fire up all the muscles in your body and recruit all the energy that you have to complete that one lift. This will burn more fat than the equivalent time spent doing cardio.” – Evadne Woon, Trainer at Level
“I find that starting the day with resistance training helps me focus at work once I get in. Getting some good lifts in also sets a great mood for the day – I feel like I can conquer anything!” – Jasmine Chan, Lawyer
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