The Effects of Combined Aerobic and Resistance Training Program on Body/Fat Mass
In the revolutionary world of prescription guidelines for weight loss and weight maintenance, resistance training is now being added to training programs that originally focused on aerobic training as the sole method for weight loss and weight maintenance. Studies have been conducted that demonstrate that adding resistance training to with an aerobic training program, participants lost more fat mass and body mass as well as increased lean mass. Lean mass is gained muscle and more muscle equates to more calories burned throughout the day to maintain the muscle gained. It is important to strive for a workout routine that includes both aerobic and resistance training. Workouts such as these can include the treadmill, elliptical, bike…etc. as well as focusing on resistance training using free weights, machines and body weight exercises. If time is limited, you can effectively combine both aerobic exercises with resistance training by performing series of circuits. Circuits work to combine multiple exercises in a row with no rest between each exercise. The goal is complete 3-5 rounds of the circuit with a 1-2 minute rest between rounds. It is still important to remember that aerobic exercise and resistance training alone is very effective in weight loss and weight maintenance, but TRY both for a couple weeks and notice the positive changes.